Grand Ole Opry Show Goes On At War Memorial Auditorium
May 6, 2010 at 7:41 AM (PT)
The GRAND OLE OPRY, which was displaced by flooding from its permanent home the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE, took place at downtown NASHVILLE’s WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM on TUESDAY (5/4) night. The WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM was the home of the OPRY from 1939-1943. The signature OPRY microphone stands were present at the show, after being rescued earlier in the day from the OPRY HOUSE.
The show included guests TENNESSEE Senators LAMAR ALEXANDER and BOB CORKER. Senator ALEXANDER performed the “TENNESSEE Waltz” on stage. Country artist MARTY STUART opened the show with an acoustic performance of “Let The Church Roll On,” which was popularized by past OPRY duo LESTER FLATT and EARL SCRUGGS.
STUART said: “Thank you for letting us come together. Because that's what we do at the OPRY; we come together.”
RCA/NASHVILLE artist CHRIS YOUNG, who performed during the show, said: “It doesn't matter where you are. It's always the OPRY when you let us put on a show. Thank you for letting us put on a show.”
The entire cast concluded the evening with a performance of the OPRY standard “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” with the crowd singing along.
“Our family, our songs, and our spirit live on,” STUART said.
OPRY performances are scheduled for every weekend of the year and for every TUESDAY through DECEMBER 14th. This weekend's shows as well as the MAY 11th TUESDAY NIGHT OPRY will be held at the RYMAN AUDITORIUM in downtown NASHVILLE. Updated show venues and ticket information can be found at www.opry.com.