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Music Magic

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   

The Crooked Road

Sing a song. Tap your feet. Dance the night away.

Gather your clan and discover the history and inspiration behind some of our country’s most popular music.

Here are five places where the good times roll: 

1. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail – Steep yourself in authentic mountain music in this 250-mile scenic corridor that winds through the colorful mountain communities of southwest Virginia. Introduce your family to Blue Ridge and Appalachian culture as the region’s rich, musical heritage unfolds. Enjoy folk concerts, Bluegrass festivals, Friday night jamborees and free, family square dancing nights at the Dryden Firehall. Contact: 276-492-2085; www.TheCrookedRoad.org. 

2.Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN –What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is now an entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and current popularity, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart- toppers, who have followed in their footsteps . Take in the Saturday night performances of country’s greatest stars on the legendary stage. Take advantage of special travel packages and discounts. Contact: 800-SEE-OPRY;www.Opry.com. 

3. The GRAMMY Museum, Los Angeles, CA - Opened in December, 2008, The GRAMMY Museum is a 30,000 square-foot facility built to celebrate all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY Awards and the excellence they honor. Kids will enjoy the hands-on, in-the-studio experiences as well as an in-depth exploration of the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. Contact: (213) 765-6800; www.GrammyMuseum.org

4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. - The rockers in your world will be eager to join the more than seven million pilgrims who have journeyed to Cleveland since 1995 to pay homage to their beloved music and its icons. Learn the history behind the birth of rock and roll and find out which 500 songs shaped the genre. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the museum exhibits will get your feet stomping and your heart pounding. Contact: 216.781.ROCK; www.RockHall.com.

5. New Orleans, LA. Join revelers  to celebrate the life of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong in a city where music is religion. Look for this mini-jazz fest which includes a special Children’s Stage for young music fans. With three days of outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibit, parades and food, the festival has become a favorite for locals and visitors. Contact (504)522-5730; www.fqfi.org.

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