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The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TennesseeThe Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee is considered to be an American icon and is an integral part of the music scene in Nashville. Its rise in the country music scene started with the humble beginnings of a radio broadcast known as The WSM Barn Dance. In 1925 radio announcer George D. Hay introduced Uncle Jimmy Thompson, a fiddle player, on the new radio show.

At this time, radio entertainment was extremely popular and barn dance shows started cropping up all across the south. Today, the Opry is a showcase for a variety of different music genres, including country as well as bluegrass, gospel and folk music.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TennesseeBy October of 1934, the show had moved through a series of three progressively larger studios at the headquarters of National Life, and the time had come where they either needed to move to a new location or stop having a live audience. The decision was made to keep the audience and find a new location. After making a home at the Hillsboro Theatre, Dixie Tabernacle, War Memorial Auditorium and Ryman Auditorium, the Opry is now located at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville Tennessee.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TennesseeWho to see at the Opry

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee attracts longtime legends in the music industry as well as many up and coming artists. They are regularly highlighted in the Opry’s weekly broadcast that is heard by millions around the world. There is no doubt that the Opry has launched many successful careers for country entertainers. Some of the most notable members include Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams, Garth Brooks, Minnie Pearl, Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline. Additionally, the Opry has become an American cultural classic, and is at the heart of why Nashville has become known as Music City USA. Every year it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, from all over the world.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TennesseeGetting tickets to the Opry

The Opry House Box Office is open 9:30am to 5pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30am to 7:30pm on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; and 9:30 to 5PM on Sunday. On Saturday nights when there are 2 shows, the Opry will be open until 10pm. During the months of November, December and January, the Opry show is presented from Ryman Auditorium and depending on the schedule at the Opry House, hours can vary. When ticketed events are scheduled, the Box Office stays open for extended hours. Events and a lineup of various artists can be found online. Shows as well as artists are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased by phone, online or at the Opry House Box Office.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TennesseeBackstage VIP tours

Visitors can purchase tickets to shows as well as backstage tours. A backstage tour is an opportunity for visitors to walk in the footsteps of legendary country music artists. There are daytime tours, post-show tours and VIP tours. Anyone visiting Music City USA will be able to get a behind the scenes look at the role the Grand Ole Opry has played in the rise of the music scene, not only in Nashville, but across the country as well.

VIP tickets allow visitors a chance to get a unique perspective on the inner workings at the Opry House. VIP guests will tour backstage just before the show begins and will spend some time in the Green Room right before the show begins. They’ll even get to stand on stage when the curtain goes up and will watch the first performance from the stage before being escorted to their seat.

For country singers, being invited to be a member of the Opry House is an invitation to be among the elite in the world of country music. However, in order to remain a member, artists must regularly perform at the Opry. These regular performances by some of the biggest names in the industry has helped establish Nashville as Music City USA. Plan a visit to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee today!

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  1. I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Ole Opry. It’s definitely on my bucket list of places to go! I love hearing live music.

  2. I’m so glad to see the Opry recovered from all those terrible floods a few years ago. It’s a place I want to see.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    My friend was just telling me that we should go to the Grand Ole Opry. It sounds like fun.

  4. Jeanine

    I would love to see the grand ole opry. I think it would be so much fun, I know some people who have been and rave!

  5. Val

    Looks like a great place to visit. I would love to experience this someday, Nashville has so much to offer there for people looking to get away!

  6. I’ve been to Nashville a zillion times but I’ve never been to the Grand Ole Opry. I really need to make a trip in the near future!

  7. What a cool experience and amazing images! I would love to visit someday. And it sounds like Adventures by Disney really knows how to plan fun outings.

  8. It would be so cool to see a show there! Getting a VIP ticket for a backstage tour would be a lot of fun.

  9. My husband and I were inNashville last year- first time we visited and we had a fantastic time! What’s more, I got to see one of my fave country artists: Jewel sing live while we were there. So much fun!

  10. mary

    I would LOVE to get a backstage VIP ticket. It sounds like a blast!!! I’ve never been

  11. I really enjoy country music so going to the Opry would be a dream come true! This would be a great experience – it is on my bucket list.

  12. My family will surely love these! We all love Disney as well as visiting opera houses! So fun!

  13. Nikki Wayne

    Oh, I never experienced going to an opera house. This is so nice and fun!

  14. I never been here, but would like to visit.
    This is a great overview of the Opry.

  15. Meagen Brosius

    My grandparents took an amazing trip to the Opry before my pap passed away. It’s still one of my Grandma’s favorite trips to talk about! They loved it! I’ve always wanted to go, hopefully someday I’ll get there!!

  16. Aside from listening to the classics and the well-known artists, this show is a great way to get to know the up and coming singers! I would love to be able to watch live.

  17. I love Nashville. It’s such a magical place. My VA met her husband there and they visit often. Wish I were closer to it!

  18. So fun!!! We just got back from Nashville but we didn’t get to visit the Grand Ole Opry! They were closing the early the day we were going! Love the photos!

  19. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Ole Opry. It is on my bucket list of places to visit. I have always been a huge country music fan, and this is the mecca of country music.

  20. When I was around 8 or 9, my Dad drove us from NY to Nashville, TN because he was a HUGE country music fan.
    It was a long drive. But we had a ball!

  21. Nicole Escat

    Oh, I haven’t experienced something like this. I want to attend to an event like this. Sounds really nice.

  22. Tracey

    Nashville and the Opry are on my bucket list! Looks amazing!

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