By Leif Palmer
It's spring in the Gatlinburg area, and music is in the air – from cafes to churches to Dollywood to dinner theaters. What's more, there's something for every taste, from country to rock to Broadway. So, you're sure to find plenty of options for a memorable musical experience.
The Smoky Mountain Opry: Awesome Music, Thrilling Spectacle
Ready for a multimedia show that will take your breath away? Check out the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge. Here talented singers, dancers, and musicians perform everything from Big Band swing to Motown to disco to country – accompanied by dazzling special effects, laser lights, pyrotechnics, and more. Some singers and dancers even fly through the air during performances. (Yes, we mean it, seriously!)
Country Tonite: Legendary Live Music Every Night
Love country music? Country Tonite has just the ticket. With a gifted cast drawn from all over America, this exciting Pigeon Forge show features everything from C&W classics to the latest Nashville hits, plus gospel tunes, patriotic songs, comedy skits, and high-energy dancing. You'll be tapping your toes in no time!
The Gatlinburg area also offers plenty of other venues for live country, roots, bluegrass, and mountain music. Just for starters, check out the wide array of musical offerings at iconic Dollywood – from the popular Kingdom Heirs gospel group to the foot-stompin' Smoky Mountain String Band.
Dollywood's Festival of Nations
This popular springtime event offers spirited global entertainment, from African song & dance to traditional Peruvian music and romantic Gypsy ballads.
'50s Nostalgia to Motown & More!
Are you an oldies fan? Check out America's Hit Parade, offering a delicious dinner at 7 p.m., followed by rollicking music at 8. Fabulous singers and dancers take you through the musical decades, from the rock-&-roll '50s through the groovy '60s to '70s disco and beyond. There's even a special segment honoring the men and women of America's armed forces.
Love the music of Motor City? Spend an evening at Soul of Motown, where talented performers deliver a stirring tribute to legendary Motown artists. You'll love their flawless dance moves and amazing harmonies!
Music, Music Everywhere, Even at Local Restaurants
Prefer a cozy, intimate venue? Many area restaurants feature topnotch live music - including Celtic fare, Indie classics, and alternative rock.
Have a Musically Talented Child? Check Out the Smoky Mountain Music Festival
Several times a year, kids from elementary, middle, and high schools gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center for the region's premier music competition. If your child dreams of a successful career as a singer or musician, look into this exciting opportunity.
Book a Smoky Mountain Cabin to Get In on the Fun!
From folk to fusion, salsa to shape-note, you'll find it all here in the Smokies. And, through Tennessee Cabins, you'll find comfy log cabins with convenient access to top musical venues.
Find everything from rustic hideaways to luxury accommodations, all within easy driving distance of some of the best live music in America. Book your Smoky Mountain vacation now!
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.