The Grand Ole Opry has announced their line-ups for this weekend's shows. There is one show on Friday night and one show on Saturday night, with both shows taking place at the Ryman Auditorium. Here are the line-ups:
Friday May 28
7:00: Mel Tillis(host); Riders In The Sky; John Conlee
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; John Michael Montgomery
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Jean Shepard; Ole Crow Medicine Show
8:45: Mike Snider(host); Jack Greene; Lee Greenwood
Saturday May 29
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:30: Jeannie Seely(host); John Conlee; Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman
8:15: Mike Snider(host); Jan Howard; Exile; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson(host); Jaron & The Long Road To Love; The Whites
As far as the Midnight Jamboree at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, the hosts this week will be Riders In The Sky.
Finally, I am hearing of some people having issues involving the shows that were originally scheduled for Tuesday night June 8. This is night during the CMA Music Fest that has scheduled Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Trisha Yearwood and others. Originally, there were going to be two shows, one at 7 and the second at 9:30, both at the Grand Ole Opry House. Now there is one show scheduled at the Municipal Auditorium. Here are the issues that some ticket holders are having:
>The Opry said it would refund the tickets to those who held tickets for the 9:30 show and were unable to attend the earlier show. Some have said that there is confusion when they call the Opry asking about getting a refund.
>The second issue involves seating. The Opry is offering "comparable" seating to the ticket holders when the show is moved to a different location. But, in this case, as they are turning two shows into one show and the talent line-up that is being advertised, all who had tickets in the front row at the Opry House want seats in the front row at the Auditorium. Obviously that cannot happen, so you have some unhappy customers. Also, for those who have been in the Municipal Auditorium, it is not like the Opry House. It is an older arena, better suited for the circus and wrestling shows, than the Opry. That also means that many people who thought they would have good seats looking straight into the stage, will have seats on the side of the arena. The Opry says it is doing their best to make everyone happy, and knowing a few of the customer service folks who work for Gaylord, I am sure that they are working very hard to try to make that happen.