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October 3, 2017   //   By:   //   Articles   //   Comments are off

I’m going to check that out! That’s how we feel about the new Ryman Hospitality venture, the Opry City Stage. In the heart of Times Square,  New York’s newest country music venue is expected to open sometime next year, and will be a must-have experience for those visiting The Big Apple in 2018. 

The four-story food and entertainment venue gets its namesake from Nashville’s world renowned Grand Ole Opry. The “Opry” for short, is a weekly stage for the biggest names in country music, and the longest running radio broadcast in U.S. history. The Opry’s allure is not only who’s onstage, but which of today’s musicians have received the latest invitation to join legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban in one of the most coveted country music memberships. Although New York’s Opry City Stage does not have a superstar membership program, it does have the same goal as its big brother in Music City – honor the greats in country music and feed the global excitement for the growing genre.

Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, told Rolling Stone Magazine, “For 91 years the Grand Ole Opry has connected country music fans with their favorite artists through live performances, radio and more recently, digital technology. Opry City Stage is all about taking the diverse sounds that originate in Nashville to other markets so that fans have another way to discover new artists and connect with the music they love.” Reed also explains that they hope their venture in Times Square will spark an interest in global tourists to visit Nashville, the home of country music.

With a live venue for Nashville musicians to perform in New York, a listening room to explore new sounds, a place to view archived Grand Ole Opry simulcast performances, retail space for Nashville’s iconic brands, and a place to enjoy Nashville’s signature cuisine, the Opry City Stage is not just for the country music fan.  It’s a history lesson in the arts, and a place for every music lover to experience the vibrancy, culture, and evolution of country music.

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