Nashville, Tennessee is known as Music City, and for good reason. It’s well-known for its booming music scene, with not just country music, but a huge range of genres. You might have watched the TV show Nashville, but now it’s time to experience the real thing. The lively and vibrant city is a wonderful place to visit, offering so many things to do. If you love music or you just want to find out what makes Nashville so famous for its music, there are some amazing musical activities you can try during your visit. Don’t leave Nashville without trying these things.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville is most famous for its country music, although you’ll find everything from gospel to opera in the city too. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum mustn’t be missed if you want to get a feel for what Nashville is all about. Artists who have made it to the Hall of Fame include Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Loretta Lynn, among many more. During your visit, you can check out which exhibits are currently showing, which might focus on a particular musician or could be about the general history of country music. There are shopping and dining opportunities too.
Explore Music Row
Music Row is an area of Nashville that’s home to hundreds of music businesses. Many of the businesses here are offices for record labels, publishing or licensing firms, recording studios, or radio stations. You can stay nearby at the Courtyard Nashville West End if you want to be close to this area full of music history. RCA’s Studio B is a popular place to visit, having been the recording location for many famous artists on the country scene, including Elvis Presley. If you want to visit, you can take a tour, which leaves from the Country Music Hall of Fame (once located in the area, but now 11 blocks away). You might also enjoy a walk around the area, particularly if music is a big interest of yours.
Go to the Opera
If country music isn’t for you, you could try something a little different. The Nashville Opera puts on both traditional and modern opera, so you can choose one that suits you. Currently, you could see Puccini’s Tosca or you could buy tickets for Susannah, a folk-like opera with its roots in Appalachian music, by Carlisle Floyd. You can even save money by buying tickets to two, three or four opera performances at once.
Visit the Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is where many up-and-coming musicians can be found. Every night, you can find entertainment accompanied by only a single guitar or piano. They have an open mic night every Monday, so even you could go along and play if you wanted. The Sunday Writers Night is for songwriters who must audition, then there are early slots for up-and-coming writers and late slots for more established artists.
Music lovers are sure to enjoy Nashville, but it’s fun for everyone else too. You don’t need to be a music nerd to enjoy the city.