Grand Ole Opry House & Museum
A must-attend event while in "Music City," The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert that has highlighted the genre's biggest stars since 1925. Originally a radio broadcast, the Opry is the longest running radio program in history. Dedicated to honoring country music, the event showcases different artists each night to perform songs in genres including country, bluegrass, folk, comedy, and gospel.
Considered the "Show that Made Country Famous," the Opry is famous for its multi-generational approach and ability to adapt with the changing times. This approach continues today as it features both legendary performers and contemporary chart toppers. An American icon, the Opry is regularly listened to by millions of internet and radio users and visited by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
The Grand Ole Opry's unique name was coined on December 10, 1927. That night, the Opry followed a broadcast of classical music and selections from the Grand Opera genre. The broadcaster noted that "For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on we will present the 'Grand Ole Opry.'" Ever since then the name has stuck, and to this day it continues to epitomize the fun loving and free spirited approach that the country genre takes to music.