The Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, TN is turning eighty-nine this month and though it will be celebrating its Birthday Bash officially in Nashville on October 10th and 11th, it will also be celebrating this momentous occasion in conjunction with Country Music Month. The Opry will be returning to the Big Apple for the second annual series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch of New York City’s Bryant Park. Nashville’s New Music in New York consists of three shows featuring some of country music’s hottest new acts. All are scheduled to start at 6pm, the first featuring The Swon Brothers on Monday, September 29th, the second will be Dustin Lynch on Wednesday, October 1st and Kristian Bush as third act on Thursday, October 2nd. Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager, stated on Opry.com, “All of these artists have been with us at the Opry recently to showcase their new music, so we know our friends in New York are in for some great performances.”
“It’ll be great to extend our birthday party and Country Music Month beyond Music City to New York City,” he concluded. The Nashville-to-New York experience will involve the artists travelling to Manhattan with a replica of the framed circle of wood from the center stage of the Opry House, and of course, the Opry’s signature microphone stand, in effect replicating, but also actually bringing, a piece of Nashville to the City that Never Sleeps. Various hosts from New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will lend their talents as emcees for each event. At this point we must ask you to remember that this is a free live event, open to the public. Although seating is limited and filled on a first-come first-served basis, viewers are welcome to sit outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch.
The Grand Ole Opry is also partnering with Southwest Airlines to generate a chance for fans to win a prize package. Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer stated on Opry.com that, “Southwest Airlines and our partners from Bryant Park Corporation are thrilled to bring the sounds of Nashville to the Big Apple. Partnerships like these give us the opportunity to showcase our top destinations to our New York Customers.” The winner of the package will receive roundtrip airfare on Southwest airlines, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and to a Broadway show in New York, merchandise from NASH FM 94.7 and an exclusive series print. Enter to win here.