Grand Ole Opry Branching Out Into New York City
Country music is coming to the city in 2017 with the Opry City Stage in New York's Times Square.
On Thursday (Oct. 27), Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., announced their plans for a new four-level venue in New York on Broadway in Times Square. Named Opry City Stage, the new establishment will bring Nashville to New Yorkers, combining the best food and music from Music City, including simulcast performances from the Grand Ole Opry House.
"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," says Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, in a press release. "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. We believe that once our Opry City Stage guests get a taste for all the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville have to offer, they are going to want to visit Music City and experience it for themselves."
A "world-class listening room and private event space" will be featured on the establishment's fourth floor, while the ground level will act as a retail area for patrons to purchase Nashville brands. Additionally, the fourth-floor listening room will include curated performances from the Bluebird Cafe.
“The Opry and Bluebird have each developed a wide base of loyal fans who are wildly passionate about and respectful of the music, both in our longtime homes of Nashville as well as when we have stepped outside our Nashville footprints for special shows on the road. Our songwriting community is part of what makes Nashville so great, and we simply can’t wait to entertain rooms full of New York City listeners, introducing them to Nashville and New York-based writers alike,” says Erika Wollam Nichols, president and general manager, Bluebird Cafe, Inc.
Opry City Stage is scheduled to open in April of 2017.
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