NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (September 30, 2020) In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 95thanniversary celebration, the Opry announces a month-long series of events, livestreams, sweepstakes, special retail packages and the artists scheduled to perform each week throughout the month of October. The Grand Ole Opry has survived and kept the music playing for 95 years even through world wars, the Great Depression, two once-in-a-lifetime floods, presidential assassinations and now a pandemic. This Saturday the Opry will not only be kicking off the 95th anniversary celebration, but will welcome back a limited in-venue audience for the first time in 29 weeks since shows were paused in March amidst the COVID pandemic.
Opry members Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan are scheduled to step in the circle for the 4,944th consecutive Saturday night broadcast this Saturday night. Bentley, also celebrating his 15th Opry anniversary, was inducted into the Opry family on October 1, 2005. The in-venue audience will be capped at 500 guests for the October 3rd 95th anniversary celebration, and tickets are sold out.
Tickets for additional October shows will go on sale Friday, Oct 2 at 10 a.m. Highlights of October shows include:
October 3: Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan
October 10: “Opry Firsts”: Celebrating Opry debuts and other firsts on the Opry stage. Carly Pearce, Jeannie Seely, Josh Turner and more
October 17: “95 Years of Great Opry Songs”: Celebrating top songs and those who wrote them. Bill Anderson, Brandy Clark, Chris Janson and more
October 24: “Opry Goes Pink”: The Opry’s 12th Annual Show Marking the Fight Against Breast Cancer | Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Victoria Shaw and more
October 31: Clint Black, Steve Wariner
October Opry shows will be one-hour shows broadcast live on Circle and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV, and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The Opry can also be heard on 650 WSM-AM, wsmonline.com, and SiriusXM. Tickets for October 10 - 31 shows will first be made available to those who had previously held tickets for October shows. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.
Inside the Circle | Opry Facebook Live Series | Launches Wednesday, Oct 7
- Click HERE to go to the Opry’s Facebook page (@grandoleopry)
- Inside the Circle will celebrate key tenants of the Opry’s 95 years with series themes including Women of the Opry, Ryman Memories, Opry Icons and Opry Debuts
- Airs each Wednesday in October (10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28) at 6:30 PM|CT
- Guests include: Craig Morgan, Jeannie Seely, Lorrie Morgan, Josh Turner, Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Mark Wills
Celebrating 95 Years of Opry Sweepstakes
- Throughout the entire month of October, fans will be given the opportunity to register for a chance to win a Celebrating 95 Years of Opry retail merchandise bundle (containing a commemorative 95th t-shirt, mug, and poster), a $500 Visa gift card shopping spree, and a trip to the Grand Ole Opry in 2021.
- For more information on the sweepstakes and other 95th activations, click HERE.
- Click HERE to register to win.
Daily Opry Moments
Visit the Grand Ole Opry social channels throughout the month of October for Daily Opry Moments which will include archived material, recorded Opry milestone performances, special Opry artifacts, keepsake Opry retail pieces, and more.
FACEBOOK (@grandoleopry)| INSTAGRAM (@opry) | TWITTER (@opry) | YOUTUBE(@oprylive)
Circle Television – Celebrating 95 Years of Opry
Airing Oct 31/Nov 1 on Circle TV and will include past Opry anniversary specials, Opry docs, past Opry Live shows, and a new Circle Sessions: Celebrating Opry, featuring interviews with Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Marty Stuart and more!
Commemorative RETAIL: 95th Birthday Bundle
In honor of the Grand Ole Opry’s 95th birthday, the Opry has released a commemorative retail Birthday Bundle containing a 95th t-shirt, mug, and poster that will be available while supplies last. Buy all three items in the birthday bundle and receive a $10 discount on your purchase. Click HERE to purchase.
WSM at 95 on 650 AM WSM
Join WSM each week for WSM at 95, a series of hour-long guest DJ shows where artists take over the airwaves, pick the music, and share stories and memories about the impact WSM and the Grand Ole Opry have had on their musical careers. Fans will hear from some long-time friends of the station, and some new ones made along the way. Guest hosts include Sara Evans, Margo Price, Michael Ray, Sarah Jarosz, Lee Brice and many more! WSM at 95 airs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm/c on 650 AM and WSMonline.com.
95 Years of Opry on 650 AM WSM – Beginning October 12
WSM celebrates 95 years of the show that made country music famous! Grand Ole Opry VP & Executive Producer Dan Rogers will share songs that have made up the Opry’s 95-year catalog and will share stories from backstage. Beginning on October 12th, tune in to 650 AM and WSMonline.com every Monday at 6pm/c to listen live!
Click HERE for a sizzle reel of highlights of just some of the Opry members and special guests who have stepped in to the circle to help the keep the music playing at the Grand Ole Opry since the in-house audience shows were paused on March 14.
As the Opry continues its month-long 95th anniversary celebration with a maximum of 500 fans allowed to be live in the Opry House, the show will continue its one-hour livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels as well as Circle TV , SiriusXM, and the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com, allowing fans from around the world to enjoy the high-quality performances from home.
Information regarding ticket availability for October shows will be updated at opry.com. For additional details on other Opry 95th Anniversary Celebration shows and digital events happening throughout the month of October, please click HERE.
Those tuning into the Livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels this Saturday, October 3 can watch a Circle Sessions: Lauren Alaina at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry. Alaina talks to host Nan Kelley about her new EP, Getting Over Him, her love of the Grand Ole Opry and the connection she has with her Dad and the Opry. The No. 1 Platinum-selling star also talks about her role as host of the upcoming Circle TV series Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, launching October 6.
As the Grand Ole Opry approaches its 95th anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic, Opry members and special guest artists kept the music playing from the unbroken circle, and the Opry began reaching some of its largest audiences to date. The Opry has logged viewers from over 100 countries worldwide since shows with a live Opry House audience were paused in mid-March. The Opry livestream has consistently been in the top of the Pollstar Livestream Chart with an average of over 1 million+ viewers each week, and Circle TV’s distribution has grown steadily over the course of the past 29 weeks as well.
In an effort to maintain health and safety amid current COVID-19 concerns, the Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, was forced to pause performances that included a live audience beginning on March 14. The show will have played on without a live ticketed audience for 29 consecutive Saturday night broadcasts before finally welcoming them back. The Opry’s paused shows without an audience have included Opry members Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Luke Combs, Dailey & Vincent, the Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, the Oak Ridge Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, Mark Wills, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young along with special guests Lady A, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Mandy Barnett, Lee Brice, T. Graham Brown, Luke Bryan, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Jason Crabb, Rodney Crowell, Sara Evans, Amy Grant and daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill, Riley Green, Sierra Hull, Tracy Lawrence, Ashley McBryde, Chrissy Metz, Keb’ Mo’, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Margo Price, Kellie Pickler, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Billy Strings, The Scott Family, Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Molly Tuttle, Sam Williams, CeCe Winans, Charlie Worsham, and Brett Young.
About the Grand Ole Opry:
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