The Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous, will stage its first-ever show from the famed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on Sunday, June 10 featuring Opry members Bobby Bare, Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Riders In The Sky as well as Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Nikki Lane, Lucie Silvas, and more. The Nashville-based Opry has rarely in its 92-year history taken its iconic show outside Music City, on those occasions visiting prestigious venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
“We’re really excited about this incredible opportunity to take the Grand Ole Opry to Bonnaroo,” said Sally Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Group. “In Nashville, we host up to six Opry performances a week. Each one showcases eight to twelve artists ranging from straight ahead country to bluegrass to Americana. I think the diverse, multi-generational shows that we create on a regular basis will really resonate with the Bonnaroo music aficionados.”
“Celebrating the rich cultural legacy of Tennessee and the region has been an important part of the Bonnaroo experience from the beginning,” said Ashley Capps, President, AC Entertainment. “It’s hard to imagine anything more iconic and exciting in that regard than the Grand Ole Opry…it’s like the ultimate…a profoundly historic moment for all of us at Bonnaroo and something we’ll be talking about – and building upon – for years to come.”
Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo will be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, and the show’s flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. Station personality Bill Cody will serve as show announcer.
The special Sunday evening Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo caps off one of the busiest weeks in the show’s nine-decade history, as it follows a multi-show-filled week live from Nashville during CMA Music Fest. Opry shows leading up to Bonnaroo include two shows Tuesday, June 5 featuring Carrie Underwood, Terri Clark, Ashley McBryde, and more; two shows June 7 featuring Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Maggie Rose, and Josh Turner, Opry shows June 8 and 9, and an Opry Country Classics performance at Ryman Auditorium June 9.
Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo joins a stellar list of artists and headliners at the festival, including Eminem, The Killers and Muse and artists ranging from Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Paramore, Sheryl Crow, T-Pain and more. Click HERE for the official Bonnaroo lineup and complete information.
Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo is just one of the several planned ways the festival will be celebrating its host community of 17 years. Also new this year, Bonnaroo is partnering with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the local Maker space Fort Houston to create The Ville (formerly The Grind). Located in the campgrounds, The Ville will feature local Nashville food, art and more, including Third Man Records, 8th & Roast Coffee and Project 615. The new offerings also include Farm to Taco Nashville and Prince’s famous and legendary hot chicken, known worldwide as the original and gold standard in hot chicken.
Bonnaroo is a truly global event, with tickets purchased in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world, and was hailed by the New York Times as the summer event that “revolutionized the modern rock festival.” The 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will, as always, feature the comprehensive span of boundary-busting diversity fans have come to expect, with an extraordinary array of artists performing around the clock across 10-plus unique stages over the four-day event. The new collaboration with the Opry brings together two unparalleled cultural and entertainment experiences that can only be found in Tennessee.
The Grand Ole Opry showcases the best in country music to fans around the world several times each week. Throughout its 92-year history, the show has also welcomed guests from numerous genres and walks of life, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Academy Award-winning actors and directors, and even U.S. Presidents.
Tickets for Bonnaroo are on sale now. Go to Bonnaroo.com for more information on the lineup, tickets and VIP experiences and more.