When : 27 – 30 April 2015 (3 nights and 2 days)
How : By plane from NYC, 888 miles, 2 hours and half
How much : 180,95€
With its strong musical scene Nashville attracts musicians, songwriters and music fans from all around the world every year. It was named music city back in the 1800’s by the Queen of England. And music city won’t disappoint your gig envy as you can attend live shows 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But don’t think it is just all about Country as you can find any genre of music.
To plan your trip to Nashville : www.visitmusiccity.com
Top things to do and see on a 2 days trip to music city:
1- LIVE SHOWS ON BROADWAY
Nashville bears well it’s name of Music City as live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week year-round! There are 130 music venues all around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small clubs and featuring nearly every genre of music.
The iconic Broadway street is spectacular at night when all the neons lights are on, not to mention its amazing and very own atmosphere. I advice you to do a bar cruising to make the most of your night.
2 – VISIT THE CITY’S KEY DESTINATIONS FOR FREE
The music city circuit will take you to all the city’s key destinations for free! Buses stop at more than 75 locations along two routes and operate 7 days a week.
For more infos, visit the MTA’s website: here
3 – JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM
119 Third Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
Infos : $16 / Open 7 days a week from 8am to 7p.m (website)
My favorite thing in Nashville was the Johnny Cash museum! Even if you are not a huge fan of Johnny Cash but you do love music and/or Rock’n’roll, you will certainly have a good time there. The atmosphere is very intimate and features a range of memorabilia that are really well put together so it keep you captivated until the end.
4 – BOURBON STREET BLUES & BOOGIE BAR
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Infos : Open 7 days a week from 11am to 3am (website)
There is of course the famous and busy Broadway Street in Nashville, but if you are more into blues, want to avoid the crowd and prefer intimate places, then this bar is definitely the right place for you! Either if you are up for a night out or just for a cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon, you will always spot some good music as they host live shows all day long.
5 – THE GRAND OLE OPRY
2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, États-Unis (website)
An American idol and Nashville’s number-one attraction! The Grand Ole Opry began as a simple radio broadcast back in 1925 and made country music famous. It is today a live entertainment that hundreds of thousands people come see every week and that millions more listen to it online. The Opry features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s musical style.
6 – THE BLUEBIRD CAFE
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, États-Unis (website)
Infos : Open 7 days a week (when not closed for private event)
A venue that has gained its worldwide known recognition as a songwriter’s performance place where, as they say, the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs in acoustic music which is the signature of this venue. The Bluebird cafe have become very popular since the ABC TV show “Nashville” was launched in 2012. It is now quite difficult to attend a show. You have to book a ticket in advanced or get there very early to be the first in line before they open the doors!
7 – THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, États-Unis (website)
Infos : $24.95 / Open daily from 9am to 5pm
The Country Music Hall of fame and Museum display the evolving history and traditions of country music. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the cultural importance of this genre of music and even more (when we visited Nashville there was an exhibition of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash).
8 – TWO OLD HIPPIES
401 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Infos : Open 7 days a week. (website)
Two old hippies is an amazing 8000 square foot concept store located in the Gulch area, featuring women’s and men’s clothes, home decor, jewelry, books, gifts. They even host live shows. Definitely worth paying a visit!
9 – BUY A PAIR OF COWBOY BOOTS
There are a lot of cowboy boots shop all around Broadway! A stop in Nashville wouldn’t be complete without buying one.
10 – EAT A GOO-GOO
116 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201 (website)
We discovered the famous southern candy bar Goo-Goo Cluster, after our visit at the Johnny Cash museum, as the shop was just in front of it. Goo-Goo is the world’s first candy bar combination which was ever invented. The Goo-Goo Cluster is made of luscious caramel, smooth creamy marshmallow nougat and fresh roasted peanuts all covered with a thick coating of real milk chocolate. Bon appétit !
11 – THIRD MAN RECORD
623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Infos : Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm / Sunday: 12pm-5pm (website)
If you are a Jack White’s fan or just fond of music, a stop at Third Man Record is really inescapable while in Music City. Record store, record label offices, photo studio, dark room and live venue is what is hidden behind the colorful doors of this strange building in the middle of nowhere.
Pictures taken by Suzy Wolf and Me
Location : Nashville, TN