War Memorial Auditorium...making history since 1925.
The historic War Memorial Auditorium forges a link from Tennessee's proud past to its vibrant present. This timeline highlights its significant history.
The historic War Memorial Auditorium forges a link from Tennessee's proud past to its vibrant present. This timeline highlights its significant history.
The War Memorial Building was recognized with a Gold Medal Award by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) in 1925, the highest honor that the AIA can bestow.
To commemorate the services of the men and women who died in World War I, the state legislature appropriated two million dollars in 1919 for a War Memorial Building and Square. Designed by Nashville architect Edward E. Dougherty and constructed of granite and marble, the structure was completed and dedicated in 1925. A central courtyard surrounded by Doric columns features tablets inscribed with names of 3,400 Tennesseans who died in World War I. Above the front steps to the entrance of War Memorial Auditorium, a carving reads: AMERICA IS PRIVILEGED TO SPEND HER BLOOD AND HER MIGHT FOR THE PRINCIPLES THAT GAVE HER BIRTH AND HAPPINESS AND THE PEACE WHICH SHE HAS TREASURED. This statement was made by President Woodrow Wilson on April 2, 1917 when he realized that the war looming ahead would be a costly one. Almost a decade later, the War Memorial Building was dedicated with World War I hero, Sgt. Alvin C. York, escorted down the aisle during the ceremony.
Tennessee Governor Hill McAlister was the first governor to use the War Memorial Building for his inauguration, taking place on the front steps.
The inauguration of Oliver C. Carmichael as the third chancellor of Vanderbilt University took place on the steps of War Memorial Auditorium. He served for nine years, 1937 to 1946, where he developed the graduate school and established the Joint University Libraries for Vanderbilt, Peabody and Scarritt College.
In an effort to curb the large crowds, the Opry begins charging 25-cents for admission. Crowds continue to grow, however, and the cost of admission quickly rises to 50-cents.
The Grand Ole Opry makes its nationally-broadcast debut on the NBC Red Network. A one hour broadcast of The Prince Albert Show, the Opry's original name after its sponsor, Prince Albert Tobacco, was first hosted by Roy Acuff.
He shared the stage with Jack Shook’s Missouri Mountaineers, three of whom doubled as a WSM pop act; Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys, a flashy pop-western group; Uncle Dave Macon, a rollicking vaudeville trouper; Roy Acuff, already making a name for himself with “Great Speckled Bird”; the Possum Hunters and the Fruit Jar Drinkers, two old-time string bands; country-gospel crooner Ford Rush; and harmonica wizard DeFord Bailey, country music’s first black star.
Bill Monroe joins the Opry with his band, the Blue Grass Boys, and begins to mold his string band music into the original American musical genre that will become known as Bluegrass.
Tennessee native, Sarah Ophelia Colley, makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry as the beloved Minnie Pearl.
Ernest Tubb joins the Grand Ole Opry cast, bringing along his electric guitar - an instrument previously not allowed on the Opry.
The inauguration of Governor Clement (1953-1955) took place on the front steps of War Memorial Plaza. During his first term, Clement authorized a bond issue to provide free textbooks to children in grades 1 through 12, a first for the state (textbooks had previously been free through only the 3rd grade). He also established Tennessee’s first mental health department (now the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services).
During his second term (1955-1959), Governor Clement supported the Supreme Court’s historic Brown V. Board of Education ruling, and in September 1956, stationed National Guard troops in Clinton, Tennessee, to protect the first black students to attend Clinton High School from anti-integration protesters.
"The Fantabulous Rock & Roll Show" featuring Ray Charles, Roy Brown, Velours, Moonglows, Joe Turner, Bo Diddley & many more!
Ellington defeated Judge Andrew Tip Taylor by a mere 8,700 votes and took the oath of office on the steps of the War Memorial Building. Buford Ellington favored road-building and funding for education. He was not entirely opposed to the death penalty and, as a result, the last execution for forty years in Tennessee took place during his first term as governor. He took the oath of office again on the same War Memorial steps in 1967.
Bette Davis & Barry Sullivan perform The World of Carl Sandburg, a stage presentation of selections from the poetry and prose of Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Carl Sandburg.
The inauguration of Governor Frank Clement (1963-1967) once again took place on the front steps of War Memorial Plaza. This would be his third and final term as Governor.
The beginning of a tradition...The Volunteer Jam was the annual Charlie Daniels Band concert first held on October 4, 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The 2nd Annual Volunteer Jam was released in the form of a movie and billed as the "First Southern Rock Movie". In 1979, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for the first time since the 1977 plane crash with several members of the Charlie Daniels Band, and again in 1987 at the Volunteer Jam. The Nashville concerts featured a long list of special guests appearing onstage with Charlie and his band including Ted Nugent, The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Steve Ray Vaughn, Tammy Wynette, Roy Acuff, Carl Perkins, Alabama, Don Henley, Barefoot Jerry and many more!
March 9 & 10, 1975
December 12-14, 1975
Nashville and New York collided when fashion models and stars walked the runway wearing clothes once worn by legends such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. This show paid tribute to Manuel Cuevas, who has made clothes for such entertainers as Marty Stuart, Brooks & Dunn, Johnny Cash, Boy Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kid Rock, John Travolta and Keith Urban to name a few. Catherine Britt and Josh Gracin lent their vocals while models made their way down the runway. For the first time all 50 state jackets that were designed by Manuel were on display as Josh Gracin sang Favorite State of Mind. Other performers included Buddy Jewell, Tanya Tucker, Riders In The Sky, Lorrie Morgan, Jett Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trent Tomlinson, and Heartland. Wearing one of Manuel's outfits he made for Patsy Cline, Julie Roberts walked the runway with Hank Locklin and performed one of her favorite Patsy Cline songs. John & Jim Hager from the TV show Hee Haw strutted down the runaway in their Manuel shirts. Others in the audience included Little Richard and Eddie Montgomery who wore one of his fashioned Manuel jackets. At the end of the show, Manuel was honored with an award presented to him by his good friend Marty Stuart.
Dolly Parton, entertainer turned philanthropist and education advocate, has once again been feted for her efforts. The Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars singled out her civic contributions by giving her its Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. The ceremony took place Thursday, November 8, 2007 at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. From reviewing the list of past recipients, it appears Dolly was the first entertainer to be honored, as most past honorees were politicians or in non-entertainment fields, such as medicine. Also honored at this event was Hospital Corporation of America Chairman and CEO Jack Bovender, Jr.
107.5FM Acoustic Christmas had performances by Sara Bareilles, Shontelle, Saving Abel, Kevin Rudolf, Lady Gaga, Boys Like Girls, Brandy & Metro Station.
You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc. was founded by Andrea Conte in Nashville, TN in 1993 to advocate for victims and educate the community to prevent violent crime.
Orleans performs at War Memorial for their 2nd appearance with special guests Jimi Jamison, John Cafferty, Joe Bouchard, Wayne Nelson, Jonell Mosser, Kathie Baillie & Linda Davis.
Them Crooked Vultures consists of drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters & Nirvana), vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Desert Sessions, Eagles of Death Metal & Screaming Trees) and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin).
Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks before the National Trust for Historic Preservation at their annual national conference. NTHP champions and protects places that tell the stories of our past. It enhances our sense of community and brings us closer together: saving the places where we take our children to school, buy our groceries, and stop for coffee – preserving the stories of ancient cultures found in landmarks and landscapes we visit – protecting the memories of people, places, and events honored in our national monuments. NTHP is also about getting involved in saving these monuments, landscapes, and neighborhoods.
Due to heavy flooding in Nashville, Grand Ole Opry performances were moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other Nashville venues. The first public performance of the Opry in its former home since 1943 took place on May 4, 2010 at War Memorial Auditorium. The Opry House suffered damage as a result of the record-breaking rains and subsequent flooding in Nashville. The last time the Opry had to relocate was in 1975, just one year after the opening of the Grand Ole Opry House. That move was also caused by Cumberland River flooding. "While we ourselves are shaken by the impact of the flooding of the Opry House and throughout the area, it is important that Nashville's most treasured tradition continues with this week's shows," said Grand Ole Opry Vice President Pete Fisher. "We look forward to coming together both as the Opry family and as a great American city just as we have every week for nearly 85 years. Our hearts go out to all of those affected in the Middle Tennessee area."
Mumford & Sons Performs with Special Guests Cadillac Sky & King Charles. Also making an appearance, Old Crow Medicine Show stopped by and played "Wagon Wheel" with Mumford & Sons.
107.5FM Acoustic Christmas Featuring Hot Chelle Rae, Demi Lovato, Plug In Stereo, Cady Groves & Colbie Caillat
Artist Growth, the music app whose platform is "dedicated to empowering artists" (SXSW.com), announced the first of it's "Celebrate the City" concert series in conjunction with the historic War Memorial Auditorium. The event brought touring artists and emerging acts alike together to revel in the music and culture of Nashville. The first bands featured were Reptar, Rubblebucket, and Cherub.
The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. On October 7, the conference showcased the following performers: Joe Robinson, Yacht Rock Revue, Steel Magnolia, Edwin McCain, Barenaked Ladies, Eli Young Band, Spin Doctors.
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. On October 8, the conference showcased the following performers: Joe Nichols, Aaron Lewis, Sarah Darling, DJ DU, Steve Holy, Rachel Farley, Parmalee, Florida Georgia Line.
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. On October 9, the conference showcased the following performers: David Cassidy, Petter Noone (Herman's Hermits & Boys), Hinder, Leon Russell, 3 Doors Down.
Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill & Randy Owen were honored as the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. Musical tributes were performed by David Nail, Little Big Town, Rodney Crowell, The Time Jumpers, The Grascals, Ronnie Dunn & Big Al Anderson.
"Honoring A Legend, A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement" celebrated the remarkable life and legacy of Cowboy Jack as his friends paid homage to his rich musical accomplishments. Featured artists included: Dan Auerbach, Bobby Bare, Marshall Chapman, Rodney Crowell, Jakob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, John Prine, T-Bone Burnett, Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Mary Gauthier, Kris Kristofferson, Nikki Lane, John C. Reilly, Amos Lee, John Hiatt.
Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, pays tribute to his father with an intimate show celebrating his life with over two hours of Zeppelin tunes, photos and videos.
Atoms for Peace is a rock-electronic supergroup featuring Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker of Beck & REM, and Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark.
Starring 30 Seconds to Mars with Special Guests Atlas Genius & Beware of Darkness
Four talented songwriters together on one stage for an amazing night of stories and songs, inspired by the roots of Southern Rock, Gospel, Funk and Blues... THE SOUTHERN SOUL ASSEMBLY TOUR FEATURING: JJ GREY: After over a decade of hard touring and five studio albums, Florida native Grey still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to his loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fan base, laying it all on the line with each and every performance. ANDERS OSBORNE: New Orleans prodigal son is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He can play the gutbucket bluesman and hot guitar slinger, and he can play the sensitive, soulful singer/songwriter, and he’s excellent at both. MARC BROUSSARD: Is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into “Bayou Soul”. The timeless, soulful nature of Marc’s vocal lends well to Film and TV, and will continue to do so for years to come. LUTHER DICKINSON: The Memphis born guitar aficionado has lent his talents to some of the biggest Roots/Jam bands around, including North Mississippi All Stars, Black Crowes and John Hiatt.
The actors starring in the dramatic teen love story "The Fault in Our Stars" and the bestselling book's author toured four winning cities thanks to their fans voting. Shailene Woodley (Hazel), Ansel Elgort (Augustus), Nat Wolff (Isaac) and John Green appeared in front of more than 3,000 screaming fans, including a red carpet event and a live Q&A from the audience.
The HardDrive Live Tour with Like Moths To Flames & Failure Anthem
Starring AWOLNATION with special guests Highly Suspect and Red Sun Rising