October is Opry Month

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Celebration includes star-studded artist line-ups, Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration, 82nd Birthday Weekend, world's largest care package and much more.

World's Largest Care Package.

October is the ideal time for a visit to Nashville as some of country music's most popular artists and biggest fans will be part of the excitement as the Grand Ole Opry® presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® celebrates "Opry Month." Star-studded shows and special events are scheduled throughout the month plus four consecutive October weekends of first-run versions of "Opry Live" on GAC: Great American Country.

The fun begins Oct. 2 with the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration featuring 2007 IBMA Entertainer of the Year nominees The Del McCoury Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage. The show will emanate from the stage where bluegrass was born and the Opry's most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium.

On Oct. 19 and 20, the Opry will welcome some of country music's brightest stars to the Opry House in celebration of the Opry's 82nd Birthday. The Opry's Birthday Bash will include two star-packed Signature Shows both Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 19 (7 and 9:30 p.m.) and Oct. 20 (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Performers scheduled to appear during the weekend include Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, Carrie Underwood and many others. Opry member Milsap will add to the party with an Opry Birthday Bash Concert Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. In addition, fans can enjoy a full day of fun on Oct. 20, as the Opry Plaza will be overflowing with birthday activities including: backstage tours, children's activities, picnic in the Plaza, Opry Pie Auction benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, an Opry member Q&A Session in the Acuff Theatre, and free music in front of the Opry House.

For visitors joining in the Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Oct. 19 - 20, special travel packages are available.    

The Grand Ole Opry Birthday Celebration Package (with accommodations) includes:

  • Two-night room accommodations at the incredible Gaylord Opryland Resort or Radisson Hotel at Opryland
  • Preferred seat ticket to Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash on Friday or Saturday
  • Ticket to the Birthday Concert on Saturday afternoon featuring Ronnie Milsap
  • Opry Star Q&A Session
  • Commemorative Hatch Show Print Poster
  • Opry House Backstage Tour
  • Picnic Lunch in the Opry Plaza on Saturday

Package prices start at only $183

The Grand Ole Opry Birthday Celebration Package (without accommodations) includes:

  • Ticket to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry
  • Ticket to the Birthday Concert on Saturday afternoon featuring Ronnie Milsap
  • Opry Star Q&A Session
  • Commemorative Hatch Show Print Poster
  • Opry House Backstage Tour
  • Picnic Lunch in the Opry Plaza on Saturday

Package prices start at only $94 (child prices available)

Other performers scheduled for weekend shows throughout the month include Charlie Daniels Band, Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Steve Holy, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, and more. The Tuesday Night Opry also rolls on throughout October with scheduled performances by Jason Aldean, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, Ricky Skaggs and Carrie Underwood.

Also throughout the month, fans and artists alike visiting the Opry House will be invited to write cards and letters to America's troops overseas to be collected and sent with boxes full of other items after Opry Month to more than 1,000 military personnel as the "World's Largest Care Package."

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. Grand Ole Opry, Ronnie Milsap Concert and Opry Birthday packages are available by calling 615-871-OPRY or 800-SEE-OPRY or by visiting http://www.opry.com. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. A uniquely American experience for 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend, airs on more than 200 country radio stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and Grand Ole Opry Live airs each weekend on Great American Country (GAC). The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit http://www.opry.com or http://www.gaylordentertainment.com.

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