Tuesday Night Opry Returns March 1.
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® kicks off the first Tuesday Night Opry of the 2011 season on Tues, March 1. Scheduled to appear during the show are Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group nominees Little Big Town and the Randy Rogers Band, International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent, Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, and more.
Among those slated for weekend and Tuesday Opry appearances later in March are Rodney Atkins, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, (March 4); The Band Perry, Terri Clark, Shelton, Edens Edge (Debut) (March 6); Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner (March 11); Thompson Square, Jason Michael Carroll, Lee Greenwood (March 15); Eric Church, Craig Campbell (March 18); Charlie Daniels Band, Steve Wariner (March 19); and many more throughout the month.
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This Party’s Jammin’: Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner to Launch Opry’s 85th Birthday Celebration With One-of-a-Kind Guitar Jam May 25
Show will kick-off months-long party featuring special shows and events to last through December
NASHVILLE, TN – Grand Ole Opry superstars Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner are picking up their guitars and hitting the Opry stage Tues., May 25 to officially launch a months-long celebration of the Opry’s 85th birthday with an all-star guitar jam. As a part of the night’s Tuesday Night Opry, each Opry member will take the stage individually followed by a guitar jam finale featuring the group’s take on some of the most popular songs in Opry history. The four artists — each known as a million-selling recording artist as well as an impeccable musician — have together amassed more than 75 Country Music Association and Grammy® Awards.
The night will light the fuse on a celebration to continue throughout the year as the show that made country music famous celebrates its 85th birthday with country music’s most popular artists and biggest fans.
Among the highlights of the celebration launching May 25:
Guitar Greetings: Two new 20-foot, 3,000-pound steel and aluminum Opry 85th guitars will be unveiled outside the Grand Ole Opry House, officially welcoming visitors to the Opry party. Both fans and superstars will also be invited to sign other oversized guitars on display throughout the landmark birthday year, and larger than life Opry 85th decor featuring Opry members including Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn, and others will cover much of the front facade of the Grand Ole Opry House.
Star-Packed Shows: Opry performances are scheduled for up to four days a week this summer (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) with upcoming performances by Lady Antebellum, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Josh Turner, and more. Opry Country Classics runs Thursdays through June 17 and again this fall at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and HEE HAW alum Mike Snider honors the Opry’s rich country comedy traditions in Pickin’ & Grinnin’: A Grand Ole Comedy Revue on select dates June through October in Studio A at the Opry House. Meanwhile, the songs of one of the Opry’s most enduring legends, Patsy Cline, are set to take center stage at the Ryman this summer in the return of Always…Patsy Cline.
In Pictures: A gallery showcasing some of the Opry’s most memorable moments captured by the Opry’s official photographer for over a decade, Chris Hollo, as well as past staff photographer Les Leverett is one of three new exhibits set to open in celebration of the Opry’s 85th in the Grand Ole Opry Museum, located steps away from the Opry House. Other exhibits will spotlight the Opry in the first decade of the new millennium, including artifacts from Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Carrie Underwood, and more; a third salutes late Opry icon Porter Wagoner.
Be Our Guest: The Opry has for years welcomed famous fans from all walks of life to its stage, including every U.S. President from Richard Nixon through George W. Bush. Recent guests including Garrison Keillor and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts have played a part in the Opry by acting as Opry guest announcers. In celebration of the Opry’s 85th, a who’s-who of celebrities will appear as guest announcers while the show will also launch an “I’m With The Band” series. “I’m With The Band” will invite personalities from outside the country world who have an interest in music to sit in with the Opry band for a song on country music’s most revered stage.
Stars’ Guitars: As country music devotees descend on Nashville for CMA Music Fest, a June 11 Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction will give fans the unique opportunity to bid on acoustic guitars decorated by some of country music’s most popular stars including award-winners Luke Bryan, The Judds, and Darius Rucker. Proceeds will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which has for more than 40 years assisted members of the country music community in need.
Birthday Bash: The Opry’s 85th Birthday Bash weekend featuring Opry Birthday Shows and an Opry Plaza Birthday Party is scheduled for Oct. 8 – 9.
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Opry to Kick-Off Its CMA Music Festival Week of Shows with All-Star Tuesday Night Opry, Plaza Party June 9
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is kicking off its CMA Music Festival week of shows with a host of activities Tuesday, June 9, including two star-packed Tuesday Night Opry shows as well an Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® featuring free performances by recording artist and songwriter extraordinaire Jeffrey Steele plus Big Machine Records duo Kate & Kacey.
Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, Little Big Town, and The Charlie Daniels Band are among those scheduled to appear on Tuesday Night Opry shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Morgan will mark her 25th Opry Anniversary that night, and Skaggs will celebrate the release of his CD “Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine” packaged with a bonus DVD “A Retrospective After More Than 25 Years” with an in-store appearance in The Opry Shop. The Skaggs project is Volume II of his SONY re-issue series.
Adding to the kick-off fun, singer/songwriter/showman Steele, whose songwriting successes include “My Town,” Me and my Gang,” “Hell Yeah,” and more than 20 other Top 5 songs, will welcome fans to town with a free performance during an Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® outside the Opry House beginning at 5:30 p.m. Also appearing on the Party stage will be Kate & Kacey, whose debut single “Dreaming Love,” is currently climbing the charts. The Plaza area will be full of music, food, and other fan activities kicking off the Opry’s exciting CMA Week, the full details of which are available here and by calling (800) SEE-OPRY.
Among the Opry shows and events to follow that week are the annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game; in-store signings at Opry Originals, the Opry’s new store in downtown Nashville at 300 Broadway; a Guitars of the Stars Auction to benefit the Opry Trust Fund featuring Epiphone guitars decorated by Dolly Parton, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more; Opry Country Classics featuring Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Lynn Anderson, and more; and four weekend Opry shows including a Saturday Opry at the Ryman matinee.