Monday, June 6, 2011

Grand Ole Opry Has Action Packed Week Scheduled During CMA Fest Including Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina's Opry Debut


Country music’s most famous show is jamming during one of country music’s most exciting weeks, as the Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is hosting five star-packed Opry shows, a free Music Fest kick-off Opry Plaza Party, benefit guitar auction, popular artist signings, and more during CMA Music Festival week June 7 – 12.
 
Two Opry shows Tues., June 7 featuring Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson, and Jerrod Niemann are sold out, but fans are invited to party with Niemann and newcomers Edens Edge during a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana that evening beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are still available for other Opry performances, including Fri., June 10, when American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina will make their Grand Ole Opry debuts less than two weeks after this season’s Idol finale. Among others on the Opry that night are Billy Ray Cyrus and Randy Travis, who will be signing copies of his CD “25th Anniversary Celebration” in The Opry Shop before the show.

The 3rd Annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction, set for 4 p.m. Thurs., June 9 in Hall of Fame Park, will feature free performances by Steve Wariner and Josh Thompson and will include guitars created or inspired by Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and more. Wariner and Thompson will also spend part of their day greeting fans at Opry Originals at the corner of the 3rd and Broadway, as will a host of other stars throughout the week, including Craig Morgan, Mel Tillis, and Mark Wills

Updates to the Opry’s schedule will be available at http://www.opry.com/cmafest/.

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