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Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio Ready Their Rosters to Strike Out Cancer

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The Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio are readying their rosters as they prepare to strike out cancer at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. More than 25 music and sports stars will step up to the plate for this 25th anniversary event, taking place June 13 from the new First Tennessee Park during CMA Music Festival. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/csg15pr.

Country standouts Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Bucky Covington, Deana Carter, JT Hodges, Phil Vassar and The Bobby Bones Show, along with Titans cornerback Perrish Cox and current and former Nashville Predators players Seth Jones and Stu Grimson, will play alongside previously announced participants Aaron Watson, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, and Vince Gill to strike out cancer with City of Hope. Winning StageIt performers SaraBeth and Doug McCormick will also take to the field for the anniversary event. CMT After Midnite’s Cody Alan and The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook will emcee and offer play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Team Opry: Aaron Watson, Bucky Covington, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Deana Carter, Eric Gunderson (Love And Theft), JT Hodges, Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town), Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town), Phil Vassar, SaraBeth, Stu Grimson and Vince Gill.

Team iHeart Radio: Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Doug McCormick, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Perrish Cox, Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town), Seth Jones, Stephen Barker Liles (Love And Theft) plus The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, Eddie and Lunchbox.

Joining the lineup is Music City native Stephen Bess, who received lifesaving treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia more than two years ago at City of Hope. He and his genetically matched stem cell donor, who reside nine time zones apart, will meet for the very first time in a special ceremony before taking the field for the 25th Annual Celebrity Softball Game.

A pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases, City of Hope has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants. It also is a leading biomedical research institute for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples and sponsored by PEOPLE Country, raises funds for that research.

Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center where scientists and physicians quickly transform scientific discoveries into better treatments and prevention strategies for people around the world. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Get more information on the game and the line-up of celebrities at www.cityofhope.org/softball. Those not able to attend the game can still support the cause. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

 

The Grand Ole Opry Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Our Troops

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous honored heroes of the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance on, Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, John Conlee, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler.

Guests lined the red carpet leading into the Opry House before the show as soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the Tennessee National Guard as well as the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made their way up the carpet and into the Opry House as the evening’s honorees. Adkins, Conlee, The Gatlins, Greenwood, Morgan, and Pickler took their places on the carpet to officially welcome the soldiers to the Opry and thank them for their service to the U.S. military.

Following the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s performance, Pickler thanked members of the band and all members of the Armed Forces, saying, “I think it’s so important that you know that we do not take what you do for granted. We love you all and are so thankful to have you all here tonight to celebrate.”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

As part of the Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months in an initiative called “Cause For Applause.”  May at the Opry is a month-long celebration of U.S. troops and their families in partnership with the USO and MusiCorps. A percentage of the proceeds from May Opry ticket sales goes to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.”

In celebration of the cause, the Opry recently unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler signed tees in The Opry Shop after her Opry performance last night.

The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s Opry appearance was made possible by Humana, presenting sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can visit opry.com/causeforapplause to learn more about the May cause partnership and additional causes to be announced throughout the year.

The Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration continues throughout 2015. Upcoming artist appearances include Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood, among many others. For additional media information on the Opry, visit opry.com/media.

Grand Ole Opry to Kick Off CMA Music Festival Week With Star-Studded Show

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Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood along with Easton Corbin, Del McCoury, Scotty McCreery, and more will hit the stage Tues., June 9, as the Opry kicks off its CMA Music Fest Week with two star-packed shows.  Seven-time Grammy®-winner Underwood returns for her first appearance on the Opry stage since her Opry at the Ryman performance in December.

The music is set to kick off earlier in the afternoon with a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® featuring Columbia Records recording artist Tyler Farr, whose sophomore album SUFFER IN PEACE released last month is a Top 5 hit. Opening the Party will be Opry fan favorite and Curb Records recording artist Mo Pitney.

Additional Opry fun scheduled for later in the week already includes performances by Clare Bowen, Joe Diffie, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Mickey Gilley, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, and Mel Tillis. Tickets and information are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and opry.com.

Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 15.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

Grand Ole Opry To “Salute The Troops”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry  Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will make its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler, among others. The show is one part of the Opry’s month-long celebration of our nation’s troops and their families, which helps benefit the USO and MusiCorps.

The public is invited to be a part of the celebration outside the Opry House beginning at 5:45 p.m. as members of the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and other honored soldiers enter the Opry House via a fan-lined red carpet parade. The evening’s Opry performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

As part of the show’s 90th anniversary celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months.  Called “Cause For Applause,” the initiative will continue with “Salute The Troops” as May’s cause benefitting MusicCorps and the USO.  Throughout the month, a percentage of the proceeds from Opry ticket sales will go to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.” Among other artists scheduled to appear on the Opry and Opry Country Classics throughout the month and who are also USO tour veterans are Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels Band, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, and Aaron Tippin.

In celebration of the cause, the Opry has also unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler is scheduled to sign autographs in The Opry Shop following the show May 19. A tee purchase and voucher are required for the signing; full details are available at opry.com.

 

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