With the Grand Ole Opry now returned to its permanent home at the Opry House, visitors and fans are invited to celebrate its homecoming on “Spirit of Nashville Day” Saturday, October 2.
The day will offer free tours of the Opry House from 10 am – 4 pm CT, as well as free music in the plaza starting at 12 noon and including a 6 pm performance by CMA Award nominees The Band Perry. Special Opry shows will recognize persons affected by the May 2010 Nashville flooding, as well as many who assisted with the relief efforts. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will join the 7 pm Opry show as a Guest Announcer, and performers for the night’s shows include Charley Pride, Craig Morgan and Kevin Costner.
For those unable to attend in person, Opry member Dierks Bentley will host his own Opry House tour for fans around the globe on the Opry’s Facebook page, starting at 10 am. Bentley is also celebrating his 5th anniversary as an Opry member with a performance tomorrow night (Oct. 1).
“Spirit of Nashville Day” kicks off the Opry’s 85th Birthday Month, which includes highlights such as the 85th Birthday Bash (Oct. 8-9) with Trace Adkins, Roy Clark, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and more; Opry Goes Pink (Oct. 15) supporting breast cancer awareness with the Judds and Kimberly Williams-Paisley; and Blake Shelton’s Opry Induction (Oct. 23).