Grand Ole Opry Benefit Marks Flood Anniversary

The Grand Ole Opry will mark the first anniversary of the flood that devastated much of Nashville and temporarily displaced the Opry from the Grand Ole Opry House with a star-packed show. Play On, Nashville!, is set for Tues., May 3 at the Opry House. Among those scheduled to perform are Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels Band, and more.

Nashville charitable organizations including Hands On Nashville, the American Red Cross, and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will provide promotion codes to their supporters such that $10 from every ticket purchased using the codes will be returned to the charity. Additionally, proceeds from Play On, Nashville! commemorative prints available exclusively at the Opry House that night will go to Hands On Nashville.

Nashvillians can be a part of the night by submitting photos of their flood relief efforts to be shown in the Opry’s signature barn backdrop during the show. The photos, which will also be used in the commemorative print from the night, should be submitted [email protected] no later than Thurs., April 28.

The Grand Ole Opry House was one of Nashville’s most famous icons affected by the May 2010 flood. Four feet of water engulfed the stage, and the show temporarily moved to several other Nashville venues throughout the summer before returning to the Opry House following an around-the-clock six-month recovery and restoration.

“The May 2010 flood devastated homes, businesses, and lives, but it also showcased the unsinkable spirit of our city and its citizens in ways we are still learning about a year later,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “We want to celebrate that the Opry’s hometown is stronger than ever the best way we know how— with a one-of-a-kind night of great music.”

 

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