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There’s No Place Like Nashville

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Renowned for its signature hot chicken and popular landmarks like the Parthenon, Nashville, Tenn., is a metropolis for all kinds of fun and live entertainment. It has been appropriately dubbed “Music City,” due to its roots in the cultivation of country music and other genres of music. Read on to discover amazing things to do in Nashville and how to make the most of your visit to this historic American city.

Nashville’s Music Scene

From country to folk, Americana to Southern rock and more, Nashville has created a diverse music culture that has kept the city’s entertainment scene thriving. Having seen the rise of famous country artists like Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, Nashville earned its title as the “Country Music Capital” of America. The city is filled with hundreds of amazing live music venues like The Bluebird Cafe, The Basement East, 3rd & Lindsley and more. This southeastern city is also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. 

The Grand Ole Opry House has been a Nashville staple for almost 100 years. From its origins as a radio show to present live shows, the Opry has produced thousands of episodes that have showcased the evolution of country music. Popular guests that have helped keep the Opry tradition alive include Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and other country music stars. Check out our Grand Ole Opry guide to learn more about this historic landmark of live entertainment.

Beyond Its Country Roots

Nashville is a city that preserves the history of and celebrates all kinds of music beyond the country music genre, like rock, jazz, hip-hop, alternative and more.

Several modern non-country musicians that originated from Nashville include Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon, Paramore and Soccer Mommy. And many musicians have made major steps in their careers thanks to “Music City” from legends like Jimi Hendrix to modern icons like Taylor Swift

See big-name stars across all genres like Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Olivia Rodrigo live at Bridgestone Arena. Ascend Amphitheatre is another great Nashville concert venue that has seen a variety of artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Styx and Odesza grace its stages. 

If you prefer learning about the history of music, be sure to explore the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). The museum, located in downtown Nashville, is the only one of its kind in the United States. It honors and celebrates the impact of African-American music, across all genres. Or check out the RCA’s historic Studio B, where the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, recorded hits like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Nashville also hosts annual music festivals including the CMA Music Festival, Bonnaroo and Americanafest, which draw in thousands of guests all gathered to connect with others through good music. No matter which genre of music you prefer, Nashville has you covered.

For Arts and Theatre Enthusiasts

If you prefer the fine arts and theatre productions, Nashville has plenty of related attractions to experience. Stop by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), home to the Nashville Repertory Theatre, to enjoy a variety of musicals, plays, recitals and more. The TPAC is also home to the Nashville Ballet, where patrons can marvel at classic and contemporary performances like Romeo and Juliet or Attitude as well as seasonal favorites like The Nutcracker.

Another great option for music lovers who want to experience more than the country scene is the Nashville Symphony. Located at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, guests can enjoy orchestral masterpieces and classical melodies or contemporary performances by artists like Samara Joy

For Sports Fans

While well-known for its musical roots and being the “Country Music Capital,” Nashville also has a variety of sports teams and events to enjoy from thrilling rodeos to baseball games. Some of Nashville’s major sporting teams include the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, the MLS’ Nashville SC, and the Nashville Predators of the NHL. 

The Titans’ home field is Nissan Stadium, which also hosts home games for the Tennessee State University football team, soccer tournaments, festivals and concerts. The stadium has filled with fans gathered to see music stars like Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and more live. Don’t miss out on cheering on your favorite sports teams when visiting Nashville.

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