Music & Arts
Tennessee is a feast for both body and soul. Take a musical journey, or sink your senses into beautiful works of art and craft. Explore the tales we tell in words, sights and sounds.

Tennessee is best known for its rich music scene, with mind-blowing music venues for every taste. But the music is only the beginning.

Lose yourself in the wonder of tales told in traditional stage shows and quirky storytelling that reaches deep into our heritage. Learn about Tennessees greats of stage and screen. Let the visual arts in our galleries, museums and festivals fill your minds eye.

Touch the handiwork of Tennessees artisans both traditional and avant-garde. Examine our astonishing literary history from scholarly research to science fiction. Top it all off with a filling taste of Tennessees culinary arts.

Middle Tennessee

Gruhn Guitars

Gruhn Guitars, the world's premier guitar store, started in 1970 on Broadway in a building right by the stage door of Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry. The store grew to two buildings on Broadway until moving a few years ago to an even larger location on 8th Avenue South, just outside of Nashville's downtown. Players and pickers from all around the globe make pilgrimages to shop here with owner George Gruhn, who has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as the person who "knows more about guitars than anyone on earth."

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East Tennessee

Historic Tennessee Theatre

Knoxville's magnificent Historic Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors on October 1, 1928, and was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre.” And, it still is today, following a $25.5 million renovation finished in 2005. The official state theatre of Tennessee is a world-class performing arts center.

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West Tennessee

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater in Memphis, grew to become one of the most important music recording studios and label in the world. Located in the heart of Soulsville USA, Stax Records launched the careers of unknowns who became icons such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, Albert King, the Bar-Kays and more. The Stax Museum tells its legendary story.

Listen to legends

Experience Music & Arts

Tennessee’s natural beauty and cultural heritage feed the creative instinct like no other place. Immerse yourself in the depth and variety of artistic expression in Tennessee.

Music & Arts Dec 26 - 27 Cirque Dreams Holidaze Memphis, TN CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, and snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees and soldiers, creating a wonderland of amazement. learn more Music & Arts Dec 27 Hamilton County Ramblers @ Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more Music & Arts Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Student Celebration Sevierville, TN Student Celebration at Sevierville Convention Center. learn more Music & Arts Dec 27 Songwriter Session: Marc Beeson Nashville, TN Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required. learn more Music & Arts Dec 27 Family Program: Eye for Design Nashville, TN Design is all around us. In the museum, design is seen in intricate costumes, one-of-a-kind instruments, customized cars, vintage photographs, and many other distinctive artifacts. learn more