Today marks the opening of the Grand Ole Opry’s first venue outside of Nashville. Opry City Stage is a four-story concert venue and restaurant located in the heart of New York’s Times Square.
The Opry’s first “home away from home” has three floors dedicated to bringing country music to a new generation outside of Music City. The venue’s fourth floor will be a ticketed concert space called The Studio at the Opry where country fans can go to check out everyone from hit-makers to emerging artists. The Studio will also host the Bluebird Cafe Songwriter Series, spotlighting artists from both Nashville and New York. The series will be modeled after Music City’s world famous Bluebird Cafe and are slated to begin in 2018.
“Country music and the country lifestyle have never been more popular than they are today,” said Colin Reed, Chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties in a release. “Through Opry City Stage, we can now share an authentic slice of country’s most famous institution with the millions of people from around the country and the world who visit Times Square each year.”
The New York venue will also feature live screenings of Grand Ole Opry performances straight from Nashville. Select performances from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will be live-streamed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays beginning Dec. 1, marking the first time these performances from the Opry will be seen regularly by fans outside the iconic live show in Music City.
In addition to bringing the spirit of Nashville to New York, the Grand Ole Opry also brought along actual pieces of Music City history. For the grand opening, Opry City Stage will feature exhibit, Iconic Fashions From the Opry Archives, with show-stopping pieces from legends Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift. Guests will also discover a 17-foot re-creation of Jimmie Rodgers’ Blue Yodeler guitar gifted to Ernest Tubb and played on the Opry for years thereafter with “THANKS” emblazoned on its back.
Permanent fixtures include over 300 photographs that span almost a century of Nashville history. Among those depicted include world-famous legendary Opry members such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Minnie Pearl, as well as recent inductees, such as Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. In addition, there will be murals, historic wood block Hatch Show Prints posters, and an installation of 10,000 guitar picks.
The menu, created by the Bromberg Brothers, is inspired by Southern cuisine. The culinary team, led by Bruce and Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, will offer a fresh take on comfort food including Pimento Cheese Dip served with saltine crackers and celery, Biscuit Basket with cinnamon butter and honey, Smoked Corn Chowder with cheddar cheese and green onions, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with pickles on a brioche bun, and Honky Tonk which includes brisket, ribs, cheddar sausage, pulled pork, chicken, skillet corn, mac & cheese and hush puppies served with coleslaw, pickles and Texas Toast.
Opry City Stage will also be the exclusive restaurant offering the Grand Ole Opry inspired beer, “Hopry,” created by Nashville’s own Yazoo Brewery.
Country music’s newest venue will close out the year with a New Year’s Eve performance by CMA-nominated LoCash.