Country fans flock to Nashville every year at a multitude of times. There’s the annual CMA Music Festival, which takes place in June, the Country Radio Seminar in February/March and November is Award season with the CMA, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC award shows. Those yearly events include many opportunities for live music, as do the Tin Pan South festival and the Americana Music Festival. But what if you’re headed to Nashville on an off weekend because you’re not willing to stay 30 miles away due to hotel shortages? Music City lives up to its name with a variety of great venues with a music schedule to fit almost any itinerary.
4 Best Places For Live Music In Nashville:
1. Ryman Auditorium
The Mother Church of Country is the Ryman Auditorium, a former tabernacle that housed America’s longest running radio show, the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years. While it’s true that Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash all played the famous stage, the Ryman draws artists of all genre and caliber with its world-renowned acoustics. It’s also been officially recognized by the State of Tennessee as the Birthplace of Bluegrass Music.
2. Station Inn
Known mainly as a bluegrass venue, the Station Inn is a regular haunt for some of country music’s biggest artists. Dierks Bentley spent his early years honing his talents at the Station Inn and can still be found taking in one of the nightly shows or jumping on stage during the weekly Sunday night bluegrass jam.
3. Bluebird Cafe
The “Nashville” TV show has brought the spotlight to this songwriters haven, but don’t let that fool you. The city’s top songwriters and artist thrive on their time spent in this icon venue that’s located in a strip mall. Definitely plan ahead, though, the venue is much smaller than it looks on TV and there is limited space. You want to get there early (and you’ll have to stand in line) in order to get a seat.
4. Grand Ole Opry House
There is no experience like visiting the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy a throwback to an all-around entertainment experience from dancing to comedy to hit songs. The Opry mixes all these entertaining elements with the hottest singers of today and the hitmakers who came before. Scope out the schedule to see your favorites or let fate decide who you’ll see, either way you’ll be entertained.
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