Friday, August 14, 2009

Grand Ole Opry News & Updates

Just a couple of pieces of information from the Opry:

On September 10th, Opry Country Classics returns for an eight-show fall run. The first show will celebrate "Country Music in the Moves" including a performance by Spotlight Artist Mel Tillis as well as host Larry Gatlin. Other shows include:
>September 17: "Tribute To Hank Williams" with performances by Holly Williams, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, and more.
>September 24: "Tribute to George Jones" with performances by host Vince Gill and including CMA award-winners Jamey Johnson and Tanya Tucker, Hall of Famer Jimmy Dickens, and Jones, himself as the night's Spotlight Artist.
>Plus, appearances this fall by Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, and many more.

Shows are Thursdays at 7:00pm, September 10-October 29.

Also, the Opry is promoting a ticket package for Opry Country Classics. Right now, they are offering a Fall Season Pass to Opry Country Classics. You can purchase tickets to all eight shows in the fall run for the price of just four shows. Or you can purchase a Four-Pack of tickets for just $120, and choose the Opry Country Classics shows that you want to see.

Also, Music City's own minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, will host a special Opry Night at Greer Stadium on Wednesday, August 19. There will be chances to win great Opry prizes including t-shirts, tickets, and one person and a guest will win a grand prize Nashville weekend including VIP tickets to an Opry performance, a backstage tour, and one-night accommodations in Nashville.

Ray Price will be in concert on October 2 at the Acuff Theater, next to the Grand Ole Opry House. The Country Music Hall of Famer is also scheduled to appear as the Spotlight Artist at the new show Opry Country Classics th evening prior to his Acuff concert. You can save money when you purchase a ticket package including tickets to eithr Opry Country Classics(Thursday October 1) and the Friday Ray Price concert, or the Grand Ole Opry(Saturday October 3) and the Ray Price concert.

Some great deals from the Opry, but obviously with the less than stellar attendance during the Opry Country Classics 1st run, they are looking to "pad" the house a little bit more by running these, and other promotions. I will say that the announced Opry Country Classics shows look very good. The Hank Williams tribute with a chance to see Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley, 2 of the real characters in country music from a decade ago, looks good. And the George Jones show looks excellent, with a great line-up of performers, and more to come. Hopefully, management learned something from the first group of shows. Finally, if you are a Ray Price fan, October 1st is the weekend to be in Nashville. The Acuff Theater is a great venue for a show, with not a bad seat in the house. And, the chance to see Ray two nights in a row is a bargain. Ray is over 80 years old, and although he continues to tour and perform on a regular basis, how many more opportunities will you have to see a true legend in country music?

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