Opry Kicks Off CMA Fest With Stars… And Schwarzenegger

The Grand Ole Opry kicked off CMA Fest week with a packed Tuesday night show. Grand Ole Opry members Carrie UnderwoodBill Anderson, and Del McCoury along with Billy CurringtonEaston CorbinScotty McCreeryMickey Guyton, and Mo Pitney all hit the historic stage during the evening, with surprise backstage guests Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold watching from the wings.

The music kicked off early in the afternoon with a free Opry Plaza Party featuring Tyler Farr and Mo Pitney. Underwood launched her CMA Music Festival week of appearances with a return to the Opry stage, and had her official fan club party at the Opry as well. Scheduled artists on the Opry stage later this week include Charles Esten, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin BrothersMickey GilleyChris JansonCharley PrideDarius RuckerMel TillisJosh TurnerClay Walker.

In addition to Friday and Saturday night performances, the Opry will offer a special matinee at the Ryman Auditorium Saturday at 3 p.m. Additionally, Opry artists including Montgomery GentryKellie Pickler, and members of ABC’s Nashville cast are scheduled for autograph signings downtown at Opry Originals and the Ryman Auditorium.

Photos: Chris Hollo.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Tyler Farr

Tyler Farr

Mickey Guyton

Mickey Guyton

Tom Arnold and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Tom Arnold and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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