The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, known for its eclectic musical lineup, is celebrating its 17th year at The Farm in Manchester.
From rock, R&B, hip-hop, blues and bluegrass to country, a host of musical genres are represented each year at the festival.
Continuing to expand its eclectic line-up, the festival is this year welcoming a legendary, well-known and respected country music institution.
The Grand Ole Opry, the program that made country music famous, will stage its first-ever show from the famed Bonnaroo festival tonight (Sunday), featuring Opry members Bobby Bare, Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Riders In The Sky as well as Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Nikki Lane, Lucie Silvas and more.
The show will take place at 8:15 p.m. at the festival’s That Tent.
The Nashville-based Opry has rarely in its 92-year history taken its iconic show outside Music City, on those occasions visiting prestigious venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
“We’re really excited about this incredible opportunity to take the Grand Ole Opry to Bonnaroo,” said Sally Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Group.
“In Nashville, we host up to six Opry performances a week. Each one showcases eight to twelve artists ranging from straight-ahead country to bluegrass to Americana. I think the diverse, multi-generational shows that we create on a regular basis will really resonate with the Bonnaroo music aficionados.”
Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo will be heard online at opry.com and wsmonline.com, on Opry and WSM mobile apps, and over the air on the show’s flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. Station personality Bill Cody will serve as show announcer.
Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo is just one of several ways the festival will be celebrating its host community of 17 years. Also new this year, Bonnaroo is partnering with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and the local Maker space Fort Houston to create “The Ville” (formerly The Grind).
Located in the campgrounds, “The Ville” will feature local Nashville food, art and more, including Third Man Records, 8th & Roast Coffee and Project 615. The new offerings also include Farm to Taco Nashville and Prince’s famous and legendary hot chicken, known worldwide as the original and gold standard in hot chicken.
The Grand Ole Opry showcases the best in country music to fans around the world several times each week. Throughout its history, the show has also welcomed guests from numerous genres and walks of life, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Academy Award-winning actors and directors and even U.S. Presidents.