Grand Ole Opry House Turns 40

March 15 marked the beginning of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. The festivities will continue throughout the year with many performances and events, and will continue up until the 90th birthday of the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 28th, 2015.

photo from flickr user afagen

photo from flickr user afagen

The Grand Ole Opry, known as the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage,” began in 1925 as a radio broadcast, and over the years has grown into a live performance. It is said to be an American icon and Tennesee’s No. 1 attraction.

The Grand Ole Opry House is now the permanent home of the Grand Ole Opry. This venue, built specifically for this show, opened March 16, 1974, with a standing-room only performance that was attended by many VIPs, including President Richard Nixon. The Opry House is the 6th location of the Grand Ole Opry. Another notable location is the Ryman Auditorium, which is still being used today.

Two sold-out shows were performed at the Opry House on March 15, including a performance by the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Old Crow Medicine Show. Other artists in attendance were Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Bill Anderson, Clint Black, and Josh Turner.

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