RYMAN AUDITORIUM NAMED VENUE OF THE YEAR BY IEBA
NASHVILLE, TN (October 1, 2014) – This historic Ryman Auditorium was named Venue of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) in a special ceremony last night. The annual IEBA Honors & Awards celebrates the best of the best with their industry-voted program each year. Nominees in the category included BOK Center (Tulsa), Fox Theatre (Atlanta), INTRUST Bank Arena (Wichita), Sprint Center (Kansas City) and Staples Center (Los Angeles.) The Ryman previously won the honor in 2009 the same year General Manager Sally Williams was named Venue Executive of the Year by the prestigious organization. The Ryman is also the current reigning Pollstar Theatre of the Year and SRO Venue of the Year presented by CMA.
Nashville’s most iconic stage has played host to a diverse line-up so far this year including acts like Kris Kristofferson, Lana Del Rey, Santana and Weezer. Additional non-music offerings included A Prairie Home Companion, comedians Lewis Black, Dennis Miller and Bill Burr and award shows Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors and Americana Music Honors & Awards.
The Ryman began a multi-million dollar expansion project today with the symbolic removal of the captain Tom Ryman statue from its Fifth Avenue Plaza. The project includes plans for a new event space , state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, café, larger retail area, additional restroom facilities, larger lobbies and an expanded box office. Scheduled for a June 2015 completion date, the Ryman will host a full calendar of events and tours throughout construction.
Upcoming shows at the Ryman: Ian Anderson October 1, Jerry Lee Lewis October 4, Sam Smith October 7, Loretta Lynn October 10 & 11, Josh Turner October 15, Kip Moore October 17, Wilco October 21 & 22, Jason Isbell October 24, 25 & 26, First Aid Kit October 29, Drive-By Truckers October 30, Martina McBride November 1, Chrissie Hynde November 10, Straight No Chaser November 12, John Butler Trio November 13, Daughtry November 16, So You Think You Can Dance November 17, Phillip Phillips November 19, Justin Townes Earle November 20, Tokens Show November 23, Amy Grant & Vince Gill December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks Extravaganza December 8, The Head & The Heart December 14, Andrew Peterson December 15, John Mellencamp January 27 & 28, Trampled by Turtles February 7, Shovels & Rope February 14, Hozier March 14 and Brian Regan March 29. Additional programming includes Opry Country Classics each Thursday in October, Opry at the Ryman Friday and Saturdays starting November 7 through January 31 and Tuesdays November 4 through December 16, Sam’s Place November 2, December 7, January 11, February 15, March 1 and April 5.