Downstairs at Blue Nile you’ll find our full service bar and music venue. With one of the best-priced drink menus in town for any budget, from TallBoys to Top Shelf, we’ve got everything you need for a great night out. Our bar food menu is unparalleled AND we’ve got a classic arcade game with over 80 oldschool games. Check out our schedule/calender for listings of bands and DJs performing throughout the week.
Downstairs is open EVERY day from 7pm-2am. Entrance in rear of building. Usually 21+ (with 2 IDs required) except for select 18+ shows.
If you are interested in booking a show here please contact us through email only email@example.com. Please do not call the restaurant or stop by to try and schedule a show. We do all of our booking through email, if you do not get a response from an email inquiry please be patient. We get many requests to play our venue, and we can not accommodate every show. If you do not get a response within two weeks of sending your email, we are probably not interested in hosting your event. We wish we could respond to every email, but the sheer number (and the fact that only one guy does the booking) does not allow enough time.
A couple points to help you out before you contact us. We do not book cover bands or tribute bands. We mainly book Rock, Folk, Punk, Psychedelic, Metal, and Alt Country acts, though we will stray outside of that if we really like your band/act. We also occasionally host EDM bands/DJ’s. We do not book bands on Fridays or Saturdays, except for a short show with a regionally known touring band once a month. We give 100% of the door to the bands, because we love music and want to make the Harrisonburg music scene awesome.
Some acts that have played the Blue Nile:
Black Tusk, Pujol, Ted Leo, Black Widows, The Ataris, The Chariot, Oh Sleeper, Hawthorne Heights, Maylene and The Sons of Disaster, U.S. Girls, Turbo Fruits, Wavves, Trophy Scares, Zoroaster, Weatherbox, Lovedrug, Emperor X, Screaming Females, Black Cobra, Pelican, The Soil and The Sun, Timbre, Grass Widow, Big Eyes, Strike Anywhere, The Antlers, Maps and Atlases, Elf Power, Valkyrie, Lord By Fire, Inter Arma, Caspian, City of Ships, Cough, Obits, Bowerbirds, Creepoid, Eternal Summers,The Beets, Beach Fossils, Algernon Cadwallader, Earthride, US Christmas, The War on Drugs, Jeff The Brotherhood, Johnny Fritz (Corndog), Joe Lally, David Liebe Hart, Diplo, Cobra Krames, Jubilee, Brenmar, Sammy Bananas, Sazoon Booya, Clicks & Whistles, Vockah Redu, Grime Syndicate, Pato Banton, The Menzingers, This or The Apocalypse , Natural Child, Drink Up Buttercup, Hume, Tera Melos, Native, Bombadil, Pattern Is Movement, Auld Lang Syne, Bleeding Rainbows, Murphys Kids, The David Wax Museum, The Russian Futurists, Tombs, Bass Drum of Death, Kiss Kiss, This Is Hell, Harlem, Magreudergrind, Wild Nothing, Chalk Talk, Teeth Mountain, Aids Wolf, Christmas Island, Fight Amp, Rosetta, Title Fight, Des Ark, Peter and The Wolf, Hermit Thrushes, Binary Marketing Show, No Friends, River Whyless, Braids, Miss Tess and The Bon ton Parade, The Front Bottoms, Me Without You, Snarky Puppy, Kayto Dot, The Dangerous Summer, My Disco, Matt Kurz One, Gull, PC Worship, The Protomen,