Nashville isn't known as "Music City" for nothing. From dive bars to symphony halls, in Tennessee's capital, it's not just about country music.
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What’s the vibe of this place?
The Grand Ole Opry is a Nashville institution that's played host to thousands of music legends—everyone from Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton. It's also home to the longest-running live radio broadcast in history, dating back to 1925.
What can we see here?
The Opry hosts performances by a variety of musical talents several nights a week—both household names and up-and-comers, as well as special performances by traveling acts (stand-up comedy from Steve Martin, who also happens to be world-class banjo player, or rocking shows by the Eagles). During winter, shows take place at the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Opry.
How are the seats?
All the seats are bench-style, and there's no bad place to sit, even in the balcony. But the best views are still from the center section of the ground floor.
Good for kids?
There's an Opry show for all ages, whether you're nine or 99. It's a casual environment, so expect kids dancing in the aisles.
Anything else special?
If you book a Behind the Opry Curtain VIP Tour, you'll be on stage when the curtain rises—and possibly even brush elbows with your favorite artist.
A rotating roster of country acts regularly appear on-stage—and it's not uncommon for a special guest to show up unannounced, even A-listers like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, or Blake Shelton. The magic of the Opry is that you never know who might perform on a given night.