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Grand Ole Opry Birthday Features a Month of Superstars

Martina McBride on the Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Chris Hollo, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 86th birthday the whole month of October with a list of all-star artists and special shows and events, many of which will be aired on GAC during episodes of Opry Live.

The party kicks off October 4 when the Opry honors Randy Travis for 25 years in country music and as an Opry member. Carrie Underwood, Connie Smith and Josh Turner are just a few of the artists scheduled to be on hand to honor Randy. Several performances from the night will be part of an episode of Opry Live to air on GAC October 15 at 9/8 CT.

The Opry’s Official 86th Birthday Bash Weekend will be held October 7 and 8 and feature performances from Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts and the solo Opry debut of Ronnie Dunn. Other events scheduled for the weekend are a Saturday afternoon birthday concert featuring Mel Tillis and a free Opry Plaza Birthday Party. GAC will broadcast the birthday party live on Opry Live at 9/8 CT.

Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery and Trace Adkins are all scheduled to appear on the Opry October 11. The night will also include a live broadcast of Opry Live at 8/7 CT. Other performances from the night will be filmed for a an episode of Opry Live to air October 29 at 9/8 CT.

The Opry will go pink on October 22 as the Opry teams up with Women Rock For The Cure for the third annual Opry Goes Pink show. Martina McBride will flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop to turn it pink for the night. Edens Edge, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Ronnie Milsap and more are scheduled to perform. There will also be activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the fight against the disease. $5 from each ticket sold for the show will benefit Women Rock For The Cure. The show will broadcast live on GAC at 9/8 CT.

Brad Paisley, Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels Band, Clint Black, Keith Urban, Lee Greenwood, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rodney Atkins, Tanya Tucker and more are also on the Opry’s schedule for the month of October. Also in October, Thursday night Opry Country Classics Spotlight Artist performances return with performances by Charley Pride, Lorrie Morgan, Ray Price, and Ricky Skaggs.

Besides the Opry’s birthday, the Country Music Association is celebrating Country Music Month with 45 days of promotions, events, and activities leading up to the 45th Annual CMA Awards which will air live on ABC on November 9. Planned events include CMA Songwriter Series events in New York and Nashville, a “Keep the Music Playing” event celebrating music education in public schools, the launch of, a radio and TV PSA campaign and CMA giveaways and sweepstakes.

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