ANNUAL EVENT PRESENTED BY PNC BANK
Complimentary Tour Admission for Visitors with a Tennessee State ID
Free Live Music on PNC Plaza Outdoor Stage
Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium announced its annual Ryman Community Day will take place Sunday, May 30, a day when Tennessee residents are invited to experience the Ryman’s daytime tour experience free of charge. Presented by PNC Bank and supporting partners Farm Bureau Health Plans, Hiller and Nissan, complimentary self-guided tours will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with presentation of a valid Tennessee state ID at the Ryman box office.
The Ryman and PNC, in conjunction with 650 AM WSM, the National Museum of African American Music and Jefferson Street Sound Museum, will provide free live music throughout the day on PNC Plaza at the Ryman, the venue’s new outdoor stage located on the 4th Avenue PNC Plaza, from 50 Shades of Hay, Bizz & Everyday People, The Magi, Miss Tess and Saaneah.
Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as part of a community-wide food drive in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. In lieu of food items, guests without a Tennessee ID also can donate $1 with any daytime tour ticket purchase. The food drive kicked off April 7, and Ryman Hospitality Properties and PNC have committed to each matching donations up to $5,000.
“The Ryman Auditorium is a first-class entertainment venue in the heart of the city and we are excited to help more members of the community enjoy it through Ryman Community Day,” said Mike Johnson, PNC regional president for Tennessee. “At a time when we are slowly returning toward normalcy, what better way to connect communities, neighborhoods and generations together through the power of music to create a stronger, more vibrant region.”
“We are thrilled to safely welcome back full-capacity daytime tours at the Ryman, and there is no better way to do that than with Ryman Community Day,” said Gary Levy, Ryman Auditorium General Manager. “Events like these signal the resurgence of Downtown Nashville, and together with PNC, our neighbors at the National Museum of African American Music, local artists and all of our great partners, we look forward to safely hosting thousands of guests throughout the day as we’ve done in past years.”
Once inside the Mother Church of Country Music, guests will see genuine artifacts and enjoy videos with hosts Sheryl Crow, Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts and Trisha Yearwood that take them through each chapter of the Ryman’s illustrious history. Fans also will be able to have their picture taken on stage where so many legends have stood before them.
Tours of the Ryman begin with a stop in the state-of-the-art Soul of Nashville experience. The film puts the audience at the center of the Ryman’s fascinating history as more than a century of iconic performances come to life on all sides of the room. The dramatic story of the building’s near demolition and rebirth climaxes with a new collaboration featuring Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill. Once Soul of Nashville has provided an introduction to the Ryman story, visitors can explore the auditorium and enjoy daytime exhibits: “Workin’ on a Building,” “Roots Run Deep,” “Showplace of the South,” “Turn It Up! Ryman’s Rock Legacy,” and “Ryman Renaissance.”
The Ryman’s newest exhibit, Turn It Up! Ryman’s Rock Legacy, focuses on the history of rock ‘n’ roll music at the Ryman. The exhibition showcases the Ryman’s rich and rockin’ cross-genre past that extends far beyond country music and features artifacts from Elvis Presley, Peter Frampton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Neil Young, Steve Miller Band, Grace Potter, Drive-by Truckers, Bruce Springsteen and more.
Together with parent company Ryman Hospitality Properties (“the Company”), best-in-class safety procedures and training have been implemented at the venue to help promote guest safety. Ryman Auditorium strictly complies with safety regulations set forth by Metro Nashville that include mandatory masks indoors for all guests and staff and enhanced cleaning practices. For complete details and more information about the safety precautions, please visit ryman.com.
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About Ryman Auditorium
A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892. Ryman Auditorium is a 12-time winner of the prestigious Pollstar Theatre of the Year award. The historic venue is well-known as the Mother Church of Country Music and is the most famous former home of Grand Ole Opry (1943-1974). The Ryman has been featured in numerous film and television projects including Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Johnny Cash Show, American Idol, Nashville, and more. While offering a diverse lineup and thriving concert schedule (with over 200 shows per year), the venue is also open for daytime tours year-round. A coveted under-play for many, her iconic stage has seen the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mumford and Sons, and Tom Petty in recent years. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, 650 AM WSM and Ole Red. For more information, visit www.ryman.com.
About Ryman Hospitality Properties:
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a leading lodging and hospitality real estate investment trust that specializes in upscale convention center resorts and country music entertainment experiences. The Company’s core holdings* include a network of five of the top 10 largest non-gaming convention center hotels in the United States based on total indoor meeting space. These convention center resorts operate under the Gaylord Hotels brand and are managed by Marriott International. The Company also owns two adjacent ancillary hotels and a small number of attractions managed by Marriott International for a combined total of 10,110 rooms and more than 2.7 million square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space in top convention and leisure destinations across the country. The Company’s Entertainment segment
includes a growing collection of iconic and emerging country music brands, including the Grand Ole Opry; Ryman Auditorium; WSM 650 AM; Ole Red and Circle, a country lifestyle media network the Company owns in a joint venture with Gray Television. The Company operates its Entertainment segment as part of a taxable REIT subsidiary.
*The Company is the sole owner of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center; and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. It is the majority owner and managing member of the joint venture that owns Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.
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