January 31, 2019
Top 5 Sights to See While You’re in Nashville for iConnect 2019
With this year’s iConnect taking place in the country music capital, there is so much to explore during your downtime. From museums to auditoriums, there is no shortage of country music history relics that honor the 100-year-old genre. With all the great benefits that attending iConnect already offers, experiencing Nashville is just an added bonus. There’s still time to register, so why wait?
It’s the place where country music history was made. Take a tour of music row and visit the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs. Other notable figures include Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and so many more classic hits were recorded here. In the 1960s, staff at RCA were the pioneers of the original “Nashville Sound” whose influence paved way to become the country music we know today. Daily tours of RCA Studio B depart from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Often referred to as the “Man in Black,” Johnny Cash is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Having written and recorded music for many different genres and styles, Cash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The museum chronicles his life from his early years in the Air Force to his late music career, including memorabilia from his prison concerts with over 1,000 artifacts on display. Daily museum tours run from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm every day of the week.
The Opry’s current primary slogan “The Show That Made Country Music Famous” doesn’t come without a long history of success. As the longest running radio broadcast in US history, the Opry honors country music and its history, as well as showcasing famous musicians and chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music. Visitors can get an inside look at the people, places, and stories behind the show that made country music famous. Tours are available seven days a week and schedules can vary based upon other Opry House commitments.
- Honky Tonk Highway
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Honky Tonk Highway is the center of entertainment. This vibrant music scene is a two block stretch of neon lights, bars, restaurants, gift shops, and more. Nashville defines Honky Tonk as an establishment that contains at least one stage, a bar, and is always down for a good time! The stretch of Honky Tonks on Lower Broadway give this hot tourist destination its name. Notable places to visit while you’re on Honky Tonk Highway are Tootsies, where you’ll see legendary acts perform, and The Stage. The Stage requires artists to work their way up through other venues before they can play there, so you know you’ll be seeing exceptionally talented musicians.
In an effort to preserve and publicize the country music genre, the Country Music Association determined that a new organization was needed to operate a country music museum and to carry out research and education activities. Visitors can experience the museum’s core exhibition Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music and numerous other galleries. Additionally, the museum holds the 776-seat CMA Theater and the Taylor Swift Education Center. The museum is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
For the early iConnect arrivers, we’ll be hosting a trolley tour with a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 26.
Whether you’re a Nashville veteran, or visiting the city for the first time; there’s sure to be something that enhances your experience while you’re in town for iConnect 2019. For more information on things to do in the city that “music calls home,” visit VisitMusicCity.com.