NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (September 14, 2020) The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the tradition and music of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival which was unfortunately forced to cancel this year. The Opry, originally scheduled to be part of this year’s Bonnaroo for the third consecutive year, will continue with a special Opry at Bonnaroo livestream on the 4,942nd consecutive Saturday night broadcast featuring performances by Brothers Osborne, Wendy Moten and Opry member Ricky Skaggs.
The September 19 Opry at Bonnaroo will air on Circle TV livestreamed on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels, SiriusXM as well as the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com.
“Staging Opry shows at Bonnaroo the past two years has been so much fun and so powerful, showcasing Opry artists to some of music’s biggest fans,” said Dan Rogers, Vice President & Executive Producer, Grand Ole Opry. “We had the makings of an incredible artist line-up set for June’s ‘Opry at Bonnaroo’ show, and were disappointed when it—like so many other 2020 shows and events—could not safely go on. This makes us that much more thrilled to bring the spirit and sounds of Bonnaroo to the Opry stage in just a few days, including Brothers Osborne, who’d been scheduled for our June Bonnaroo show, plus Ricky and Wendy, both of whom were crowd favorites when the Opry hit Bonnaroo in 2019. I’m excited for fans from around the world to get a taste of both the Opry and Bonnaroo this weekend.”
"Working with the Opry has been a dream come true, and we are so excited that we can keep it rolling, especially through this challenging year,” said Jeff Cueller, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, AC Entertainment. “We always strive to continue to build on the history of both the Opry and Bonnaroo, and this year is no different with the stellar talent that is certain to radiate positivity worldwide through this broadcast."
As the Grand Ole Opry approaches its 95th year in the midst of a global pandemic, Opry members and special guest artists have kept the music playing from the unbroken circle and is reaching some of its largest audiences to date. The Opry has been reaching millions of fans and making new ones each week as it has logged viewers from over 100 countries worldwide who have been tuning in since shows with a live Opry House audience were paused in mid-March. Opry Live on Circle TV has consistently been in the top of the Pollstar Livestream Chart with an average of over 1 million+ viewers consistently each week.
The Opry’s paused shows without an audience since March 14 have included Opry members Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Luke Combs, Dailey & Vincent, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, the Oak Ridge Boys, 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, 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, Tracy Lawrence, Ashley McBryde, Chrissy Metz, Keb’ Mo’, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Kellie Pickler, Michael Ray, Runaway June, The Scott Family, Gwen Stefani, Sam Williams, CeCe Winans, Charlie Worsham, and Brett Young.
Opry shows will be 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. Those tuning into the Livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels each Saturday can watch a Circle Sessions at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry.
About the Grand Ole Opry:
To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every June. Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival's 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, silent disco, a beer festival and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivalled entertainment options, Rolling Stone magazine named this revolutionary entertainment experience “one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.”
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