Roy Orbison Salute; Stars Support Children’s Theatre; Reading Writing Rhythm

April 23, 2010 would have been Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, and the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville is celebrating the late musician with a benefit for Musicians On Call. Orbison’s wife and local music publisher Barbara Orbison will host the event with a line-up including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden’s Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and surprise guests performing songs spanning Roy’s five-decade career. This is just one of the late star’s birthday week events, which also includes the Orbison themed Nashville Sounds game on April 22.

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The Nashville Children’s Theatre’s 13th Annual Dragon’s Concert will feature Jamie O’Neal, Minnie Murphy, Lari White, and Viktor Krauss & Angel Snow. The fundraiser is set for Sunday, May 9th and will be hosted by country comedy favorites Doyle & Debbie, who will also perform. Tickets start at just $30, or VIP admission ($125) includes the patron’s reception, priority seating, live auction and free food and drink
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The 10th Annual Reading, Writing and Rhythm benefit concert will be held on June 8 at TPAC’s James Polk Theater in Nashville. The concert will be raising money to benefit music education programs nationwide. Serving as an unofficial kick-off to the CMA Music Festival, the event will feature Rodney Crowell, Bucky Covington, Justin Moore, Sarah Buxton, Jann Arden, and Reading, Writing & Rhythm’s Founder Chely Wright. Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase here.

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