Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe Bring Nashville To New York City’s Times Square


Rendering courtesy of Ryman Hospitality

The Grand Ole Opry is expanding its brand to a four-level entertainment complex in Times Square on Broadway in New York City. Ryman Hospitality Properties unveiled plans today for the new Opry City Stage complex, the Grand Ole Opry’s “home away from home,” which will offer the Big Apple a taste of the best in Nashville food and music including live performances simulcast from the Grand Ole Opry House and more in a two-floor bar and restaurant space. The new space is set to open April 2017.

“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,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “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.”

The complex’s fourth floor will feature a world class listening room and private event space, while the ground level will include a retail area featuring some of Nashville’s signature brands. The listening room will feature programming including curated performances from the Bluebird Cafe through a licensing agreement between Ryman Hospitality Properties and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The relationship extends beyond the Times Square property to include future venues, touring products, sponsorships, and e-commerce opportunities.


Rendering courtesy of Ryman Hospitality


Rendering courtesy of Ryman Hospitality


Rendering courtesy of Ryman Hospitality


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