Nicknamed “The Tabby,” The Tabernacle is a mid-sized music venue with a full-sized history. First opened as a Baptist Tabernacle by Dr. Len G. Broughton, the building thrived with a congregation of over 4,000 members. In fact, the church had to be expanded several times in order to accommodate the large crowd. After lying vacant for several years, the Tabernacle was converted into a House of Blues in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games that were about to hit Atlanta. A few short years later, the building was transformed into The Tabernacle that is so well-known and loved today.
The architecture, designed in the neoclassical style, features ionic columns and a red brick exterior. The venue boasts a beautiful interior, a seating capacity of 2,600 people, and has made great use of the historic basement that has seen days as a Sunday school.
During its days as a House of Blues, the venue saw many notable acts like the Blues Brothers and Johnny Cash. This didn’t change much as the building transitioned into The Tabernacle. Since it’s opening in the late 90’s, The Tabernacle has seen great names such as Guns N’ Roses, The Black Crowes, Adele, Robbie Williams, Alice in Chains, Bob Dylan, and The 1975 grace its stage. It’s no wonder that it was named one of the best concert venues in the nation by Rolling Stone Magazine.