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Grand Ole Opry Kicks Off CMA Music Festival with Carrie Underwood & Easton Corbin

Carrie Underwood photo by Joel Dennis, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Grand Ole Opry will host five star-packed shows during CMA Music Festival, including the Opry Plaza Party, a free Music Fest kick-off event. The Opry will also hold a benefit guitar auction, autograph signings and more during CMA Music Festival, which takes place June 7-10 in Nashville.

The Opry fun will begin Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. with the Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana. Easton Corbin will perform during the party, followed by two Opry shows featuring Carrie Underwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and more.

On June 8 Lauren Alaina will take the Opry stage along with Opry members Mel Tillis and Charley Pride. The show will move to the Ryman Auditorium for a matinee performance on June 9 and feature Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd, among others. Fans can enter the ‘Get Wy With A Little Help From My Friends’ contest to celebrate Wynonna’s performance. The winner will receive tickets to the show and backstage meet-and-greet passes for themselves and five friends. Fans can enter on the Opry’s Facebook page through June 8.

The Fourth Annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction will take place June 7 at the CMA Music Fest Buckle Stage at 4th Ave. and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Casey James will both co-host and perform. Nashville’s best visual artists have donated one-of-a-kind guitars both inspired and autographed by country stars including The Band Perry, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Loretta Lynn and Keith Urban. The event is open to the public with all proceeds benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, which assists members of the country music community in need.

Throughout the week, fans can stop by Opry Originals in downtown Nashville for in-store autograph signings. Some of the stars scheduled to appear include Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler, Casey James, Bill Anderson, Lee Greenwood and more.

Fans can stop by the Opry’s booth in The Buckle on Broadway to compete in a guitar jam on a stage simulating the Virtual Opry stage, which is currently a part of Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour. While there, they can enter to win a guitar autographed by Brad and place bids on a guitar autographed by Opry artists, including Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Josh Turner in a silent auction benefiting the Opry Trust Fund.

GRAND OLE OPRY’S CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEK ACTIVITIES

Tuesday, June 5

Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® – Free and open to the public
5 p.m.
Performance by Easton Corbin

Tuesday Night Opry
7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. –Grand Ole Opry House
Scheduled performers include Carrie Underwood, Oak Ridge Boys

Thursday, June 7
Lauren Alaina signing copies of her CD “Wildflower” *
1- 2 p.m.  Opry Originals 3rd & Broadway

Casey James signing copies of his CD “Casey James” *
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Opry Originals 3rd & Broadway

Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction
5 p.m. – The Buckle Stage – 4th Ave. and Broadway

Friday, June 10
Bill Anderson signing copies of his box set and CD “Songwriter”*
3-4 p.m. Opry Orignals 3rd & Broadway

Grand Ole Opry Show
7 p.m. –Grand Ole Opry House
Scheduled performers include Lauren Alaina, Charley Pride, Mel Tillis, and more

Saturday, June 11
City of Hope 23rd Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge
9 a.m. –Greer Stadium
The Grand Ole Opry team will go up against “After Midnite with Blair Garner” for a friendly rival challenge.

Grand Ole Opry Matinee
3 p.m. –Ryman Auditorium
Scheduled performers include Kellie Pickler and Wynonna, among others.

Lee Greenwood signing copies of his book “Does God Still Bless The USA” *
2-3 p.m.  Opry Originals 3rd & Broadway

Kellie Pickler signing copies of her CD “100 Proof” *
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Opry Originals 3rd & Broadway

Grand Ole Opry
7 p.m. –Grand Ole Opry House
Scheduled performers include Sarah Darling, Charley Pride, Mel Tillis and more.

*Some Opry Originals signings will require vouchers. See store and/or opry.com for details.

Please check http://www.opry.com/cmafest/ for up-to-date information.

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