The crème de la crème of the concert industry descended upon Los Angeles’ Club Nokia at L.A. Live Feb. 7 where they networked, bellied up to the full-service bar, scarfed down the very expensive, catered delicacies and networked some more. And some of them got to take very special items home with them – a coveted Pollstar Awards plaque. The Ryman Auditorium was Named Theatre of the Year for the third year in a row during the 24th Annual Pollstar Awards.
The award was voted on by peers and is widely regarded as the most prestigious in the concert industry. The Ryman was nominated along with only five other theatres in the nation: Beacon Theatre in New York City, Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Radio City Music Hall in New York City and Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas. This marks the fifth Theatre of the Year win in the last ten years for the 120-year-old venue.
The Ryman Auditorium is also referred to as "The Mother Church of Country Music" and is recognized as the place where Bluegrass Music really took off. The Auditium annually celebrates Bluegrass with their Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman program. The Ryman was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974.
Especially important to the history of the Ryman is its significant role in the history of bluegrass music. Although Bill Monroe had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1939, it wasn't until a Saturday night in December of 1945 when bluegrass music as we know it today was born when a twenty-one year old young man by the name of Earl Scruggs stepped up to the WSM microphone on the Ryman stage playing the five-string banjo with a three-finger roll. This was the final ingredient in what we now know as bluegrass music.
The historic Ryman Auditorium continues to uphold its tradition in outstanding musical performances which naturally include bluegrass. Artists performing on stage range from early traditional country, bluegrass, contemporary country and more. Visit http://ryman.com/ for the latest schedule and to learn more about the history of this landmark venue.