Columbus Music Tour

With the brand-new whitewater rafting attraction on the Chattahoochee River, Columbus adds adventure to its rich music, arts and cultural offerings. Many nationally recognized musicians have been born in Columbus, including blues artists Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Robert Cray and Precious Bryant; Grammy®-winning producer Dallas Austin; and contemporary violinist David Ragsdale. Today Columbus is home to live music clubs, performing arts venues and an acclaimed music program.

Tour At a Glance

Springer Opera House

The spectacular Springer Opera House, built by Francis Joseph Springer, an immigrant from Alsace who moved to Columbus before the Civil War, originally opened in 1871. Its early history included a performance by band leader John Philip Sousa by gaslight; plays featuring popular &...

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RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

The RiverCenter, a cornerstone of historic Columbus, houses the 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre, the 430-seat Legacy Hall, the 184-seat Studio Theatre and the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, and is the performance home of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The venue...

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Founded by a student of Mendelssohn, Herman S. Saroni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra was the second orchestra formed in the United States. It disbanded during the Civil War and both world wars, but has operated continuously since 1949. Maestro George Del Gobbo has led the CSO for...

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Gertrude "Ma" Rainey House & Blues Museum

Known as "the Mother of the Blues," Gertrude "Ma" Rainey was born in Columbus in 1886 and began performing between the ages of 12 and 14. She toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and in 1923 made her first of more than 100 recordings. The two-story shotgun house she moved to after...

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The Loft

Just two blocks from the rhythm of the Chattahoochee River Intracoastal Waterway, The Loft, with a highly rated casual restaurant, live music club upstairs and even a recording studio, is an anchor of the thriving Uptown Columbus entertainment district. Local bands in every genre...

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Columbus Black History Museum & Archives

Among the stories of the many African-Americans who have contributed to the heritage of Columbus are those of local and regional musicians like Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, known as "the Mother of the Blues," and musician "Blind Tom" Bethune, a musical savant and prodigy born the son of...

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Uptown Columbus

Located along the Chattahoochee River, the Uptown Columbus entertainment district pulses with night clubs, coffee houses, restaurants, art galleries, specialty shops and much more. Uptown Columbus hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from concert series to the brand-new...

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