Ryman Auditorium - 125 Years
Following one Sunday afternoon sermon, Captain Tom Ryman, infamous for breaking up tent revivals, became an instant convert and immediately began raising funds to build a church. The Union Gospel Tabernacle was completed in 1892. In 1901, the Ryman Stage was constructed for the New York Metropolitan Opera Company's touring productions, ushering in a new age of entertainment at the new venue. Upon Ryman's death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle became known as the Ryman Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry called the Ryman Auditorium home for 31 formative years 1943-1974. Earl Scruggs made his debut. Elvis Presley played the Opry his one and only time. Johnny Cash met future wife June Carter backstage at the Ryman. And Patsy Cline became an Opry member at the Ryman. The Grand Ole Opry now lives most of the year at the Grand Ole Opry House but returns to the Ryman during the winter months, November through January.
Since its inception, the Ryman Auditorium has hosted the likes of Sarah Bernhardt, President Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Hank Williams, Sr., Mae West, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Gladys Knight, Foo Fighters, Elvis Costello, ZZ Top, Jack White, and the list goes on.
Fisk Jubilee Singers - March 19
The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers® will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:30pm in a concert celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman. Making special guest appearances will be country music singer Rodney Atkins, The Fairfield Four, Lee Ann Womack, jazz trumpeter Rod McGaha, singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu, Anthony David, and former Jubilee singer MarQo Patton. Learn more about this event and get tickets.
Little Big Town at the Mother Church - throughout 2017
Little Big Town will perform 10 concerts at the Ryman Auditorium as the venue's first residency. “To launch our 125th anniversary celebration we wanted to do something new – a Ryman residency,” said Williams. “Little Big Town consistently bring to the table fresh, exciting creations. Little Big Town at the Mother Church will be no exception. We’re honored to celebrate this major milestone with them and to cement their place in Ryman history moving forward.” See concert dates and get tickets.
Visit ryman.com for show schedule, tickets, and more information.