Exit/In is a music venue in Nashville, Tennessee. Exit/In is located on Elliston Place near Centennial Park and Vanderbilt University. It opened in 1971 under the management of Owsley Manier and Brugh Reynolds. As a small venue seating 200 or so, it developed its unique reputation in the 1970s because of the unusual things that occurred on an almost nightly basis. The club was expanded in the early 80’s to accommodate 500 but lost its intimate character in the process.
The long list of musicians and entertainers that have performed there include The Police, R.E.M., Mose Allison, The B-52’s, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Martin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chick Corea, Muddy Waters, McCoy Tyner, Linda Ronstadt, The Allman Brothers Band, John Prine, Kings of Leon, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Etta James, Rory Gallagher, The Katies, Robin Trower, Ryan Adams, The Amazing Kreskin, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, My Morning Jacket, They Might Be Giants, Cheech and Chong, Ben Folds, and Waylon Jennings.
•Several documentaries have been shot on the inside of Exit/In, and many artists, including Kelly Pickler, have used the space to shoot music videos.
•The club is featured in the 1975 Robert Altman film, Nashville. The club was also featured in Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up.
•On the cover of The Police’s Zenyatta Mondatta album, Sting can be seen in one of the small photos wearing an Exit/In t-shirt.