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I'm incredibly fortunate that traveling to new places is part of my job... and even better that I get to do what I love while I'm there! I do my best to take you with me on the journey by sharing a "Travel Diary" detailing what I did, where I ate, and everything I saw! So far, I've covered Chicago and Texas... this week, NEW YORK! If you've been following me on Instagram, I did my best to take you all on a virtual trip to the Big Apple via instastories. I had a lot of fun on this trip and experienced so many neat things that this travel diary will consists of two parts:

Part 1. The Opry City Stage

 Part 2. Times Square, Niagara Falls, and more... stay tuned for next week's post!


THE OPRY CITY STAGE... What is it?

I think by now everyone knows how much I LOVE the Grand Ole Opry here in Nashville. To me, it is the most magical place on earth (... sorry Disney.) I love the history of the show - the radio broadcast that started back in 1925, I love the experience you have when listening to the music, and I love having the opportunity to hang out backstage during a show when I can. I never miss an opportunity to visit the Opry whether it's to see a show or take a backstage tour... I'm in. It's my #1 bucket list item: play the Grand Ole Opry. But, until then... playing the Opry City Stage in Times Square is second best!

The Opry City Stage is sort of a little sister to the Grand Ole Opry. Smack-dab in the middle of Times Square, The Opry City Stage is a multi floor venue serving up music and food that best reflects that of Nashville. The first floor consists of retail and memorabilia where you can snag a coffee cup or t-shirt as a souvenir. On the second floor, you can experience live music while dining on southern delicacies such as deviled eggs and chicken 'n waffles. The third floor, "The Studio" is also a live music venue seating about 200 people. Here, you'll need a ticket to see whoever is on stage. The Studio also hosts a very intimate Bluebird Cafe Songwriter series featuring the hit songwriters behind the songs you're hearing on the radio.

The Opry City Stage was kind enough to invite me to play there on my way to play a show in Niagara Falls, NY. I throughly enjoyed my time there and highly recommend checking it out if you're visiting the city. The vibe is really cool and fun with historic photos and memorabilia lining the walls. While I was there, I sampled the deviled eggs, tomato soup, buffalo cauliflower, and the grilled chicken caesar salad... all of which were delicious! If you're heading to the city soon, be sure to stop in and catch a show! They have bands playing throughout the day/night or you can check out "The Studio" lineup here!


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