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Tennessee has an impressive history when it comes to musical talent, and even now there are venues that host larger than life concerts that will continue to wow visitors, says Jessica Pook, Selling Travel.

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN

  • Tennessee  Theatre

The historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville was designed to impress. Dubbed “the South’s most beautiful theatre,” the interior showcases Spanish-Moorish design with French-style chandeliers, Italian terrazzo flooring and Asian patterns. What started in 1928 as a movie theatre is now a performing arts centre hosting music concerts, vintage films, dances, and Broadway shows. tennesseetheatre.com

  • Overton Park Shell

Said to have held “the first-ever rock & roll show,” when a young Elvis Presley took to the stage in July 1954, the Overton Park Shell in Memphis has served as the home of country blues ever since. Now one of the few bandshells left standing in the country, the Overton Park Shell hosts a signature series of free concerts every year as well as regular concerts under the stars. overtonpark.org

  • The Down Home

Described as an “eclectic music room,” the Down Home in Johnson City is an intimate space for music lovers to enjoy both local acts and national stars. Its pride and joy is an excellent sound system suspended from the ceiling which is only enhanced by a room wrapped in sleek oak wood. The venue has a ‘come as you are’ attitude and is also known for its theatre, poetry slams and all night parties. downhome.com

  • Grand Ole Opry

A country music right of passage and a Nashville staple, the Grand Ole Opry has invited both rising stars and country music legends to perform for the last 96 years. The two-hour live show is broadcast every Saturday night with up to eight artists showcasing country music’s past, present and future. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton have all performed on the famous stage. opry.com

  • Tivoli Theatre

Another theatre displaying impressive domed ceilings and opulent design is the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga. Built in 1921, the theatre offers silent movies to Broadway blockbusters and is the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. Visitors are invited to step back in time to what would have been Chattanooga’s premiere entertainment venue. tivolichattanooga.com

  • The Caverns

For something truly unique, The Caverns in Grundy County is a natural occurring amphitheatre inside an underground cave. The venue hosts concerts for up to 1,200 people standing or 850 seated. Complete with prehistoric acoustic qualities, shows are hosted in the Big Mouth Cave which dates back 25,000 years. Tours of the 8,000 feet cave system are also available during the day. thecaverns.com

For more information on any of the above email tennessee@deep-south-usa.com 


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