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Nashville is the place to be for all country music lovers and music fans. The city has been a major pilgrim site for musicians and music lovers alike ever since the 1920s. From the hillbilly music that ultimately inspired the country genre to the Nashville Sound, the city has always been famous for creating and inspiring some of the best musicals and musicians in history. If country music is not your thing, you can always spend time exploring the various subgenres such as alterna country as well.

From the Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is full of musical delights that are bound to keep all sorts of music lovers busy. The presence of popular sporting events, a rich history and a beautiful countryside culture also helps to make things interesting. If this is not enough to convince you, think about the beautiful concerts and festivals as well as the friendly people, fried chicken and unique souvenirs that the city has to offer.

What makes any trip to Nashville even more beautiful is the fact that despite its over the top attractions and Vegas like party atmosphere, the city still maintains a traditional reputation. Yes, it has its share of musical extravaganzas and grand museums based upon music, but it also offers its visitors with countless churches, a plethora of training colleges for missionaries and numerous Bible publishing industries.


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Nashville holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
www.countrymusichalloffame.org
What is it? If you are a visitor to Nashville, chances are you are there because you are a country music fan. That being the case the best place to begin your visit is the not-to-be-missed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Downtown entertainment district. The main permanent exhibit, Sing Me Back Home, is a journey through the history of country Music, drawing on the museum's rich collection of historical costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs, manuscripts and other objects. Live performances, interactive exhibits, and lots of great music supplement these artefacts. Among the exhibits are Elvis Presley's gold-leaf covered Cadillac, Emmy Lou Harris' jewelled cowboy boots and Bob Dylan's autographed lyric sheets. Live music is played in the atrium and digital film presentations are offered in the theatre. Visitors can also watch museum archivists and restoration experts at work, and study a vast wall displaying chart-topping gold and platinum country records. Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm daily. Closed Tuesdays in January and February, and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day Phone:(615) 416 2001

 

 

2. Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North
www.ryman.com
What is it? This National Historic Landmark in downtown Nashville is regarded as the founding home of country music, having been the performance venue for the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. The theatre was originally built in 1892 as a gospel tabernacle and served as an evangelical meeting hall. A stage was built for the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and such great names as Sarah Bernhardt, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley trod the boards here in their time. Today the Grand Ole Opry has moved on to a new theatre, but the Ryman Auditorium has been restored and is still a popular performance venue where concerts are held regularly. By day the theatre acts as a museum, which visually portrays the stories of its rich history with a series of displays and exhibits. Hours of Operation: Daily between 9am to 4pm for museum visiting, and in the evening for various shows Phone:Box office: (615) 889 3060

 

 

3. Grand Ole Opry
2802 Opryland Drive, Opry Plaza
www.opry.com
What is it? The home of the world-famous country music show, the Grand Ole Opry, is now in Opryland Drive in a vast 4,400 seat auditorium which is part of the Opryland resort complex north of Nashville's city centre. From here the world's longest running radio show is still broadcast on the Nashville station WSM (650 on the AM dial), featuring new stars, superstars and legends of country and bluegrass music performing live on stage. No visit to Nashville is complete without attending a show at the Grand Ole Opry, which has been going strong on the airwaves since 1925. Hours of Operation: Shows generally take place on Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday 6.30pm and 9.30pm, and Tuesday at 7pm. (Times can vary according to season) Phone:Tickets and information: (615) 871 6779

 

 


Nashville holidays - Top Events

 

1. Tin Pan South

From 2007-03-27

To 2007-03-31
 

What is it? America's largest music festival dedicated to songs and songwriters is held in Nashville each year, highlighting all that is lyrical and legendary in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. Tin Pan South is named for New York's fabled Tin Pan Alley, and features more than 70 shows at various city venues over a week, the world's best songwriters performing close up and personal in small intimate clubs. In the past the festival has featured the likes of Art Garfunkel, Loretta Lynn and Carole King to name but a few. Besides the club shows, the week includes a songwriter's symposium. Where is it? Various clubs: 12th & Porter, Caffeine, Lobby Bar at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, The Basement, The Trap, Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café, Mercy Lounge and Five Spot

 

 

2. Country Music Marathon

From 2007-04-28

To 2007-04-28
 

What is it? Music City takes to the streets in aid of charity each year when thousands of runners descend on the city to run the Country Music Marathon (or a half marathon), vying for trophies and prizes. The runners are encouraged by the strains of more than 50 bands belting out their best from about two dozen stages set up along the marathon route. The day also includes the spectacle of a cheerleading contest and the final of a Kid's Marathon. It all ends up with a massive evening concert featuring a top country music star, with free entry for runners. Where is it? The marathon begins near Centennial Park in West End Avenue, continues through downtown and finishes at the Coliseum

 

 

3. Native American Dance Theatre

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-06-30
 

What is it? This celebration of Native American song, dance and tradition has been drawing the crowds for more than seven years. Special guests include the likes of Hollywood actor, Wes Studi, from the movie 'Dances with Wolves'. Tribal song and dance and drumming along with colourful costumes provide for a thrilling and unusual show. Where is it? Ryman Auditorium

 

 

4. Fan Fair

From 2007-06-07

To 2007-06-10
 

What is it? June is the month for country music lovers to ensure they are in Nashville, particularly during the four-day Fan Fair, when the Country Music Association lines up a feast of four big concerts and numerous other events to add up to Country Music's biggest party. What makes the CMA week so special is that the big names of country music go all out to meet the fans, happily posing for photographs and signing autographs as they wander through the event and activity venues. The Fair is all about pleasing the fans, who flock to Nashville in their tens of thousands for the nightly concerts and all-day non-stop music at Riverfront Park. Four day passes are available, though sell out quickly - for more information call 1800 262 3378. Where is it? Various throughout downtown

 

 

5. Music and Molasses Festival

From 2007-10-20

To 2007-10-21
 

What is it? The country comes to the city with a celebration of the harvest season at Nashville's Agricultural Museum each year. There is music, of course, with two stages offering a homely selection of Bluegrass. Visitors can learn to make molasses like the old-timers, with demonstrations and tastings at the sorghum mill. Other ingredients for the fun day include storytellers, country cloggers, a sale of traditional crafts, delicious homemade cakes and pies, buggy rides and a touch-farm. Phone (615) 837 5197 for more information. Where is it? Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Ellington Agricultural Center

 

 



 

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