The Grand Ole Opry will mark the 1-year anniversary of the flood that devastated Nashville and temporarily displaced the Opry from the Grand Ole Opry House in the only way that’s fitting – with an all-star concert on the Opry stage. The show, Play On, Nashville!, will take place May 3 at the Opry House with Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels Band, and more scheduled to perform.
“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.”
Four feet of water filled the Grand Ole Opry house and the show temporarily moved to several other Nashville venues throughout the summer while the Opry House was repaired. It took six months of restoration and recovery for the Opry to return home. Despite the devastation, both to the Opry and all over Nashville, the show never missed a beat, putting on the Tuesday night show following the weekend floods at War Memorial Auditorium.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the flood,” said Opry member Dierks Bentley. “The city of Nashville, the Opry, and the country music community were so resilient and came together to rebuild so quickly after the devastation. I’ve never been more proud to be an Opry member, and I’m looking forward to celebrating that sense of community again on Tuesday.”
Nashville charitable organizations Hands On Nashville, the American Red Cross, and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will provide promotion codes to their supporters that will donate $10 from every ticket purchased using the codes to the charity. Proceeds from Play On, Nashville! commemorative prints available exclusively at the Opry House that night will go to Hands On Nashville, the volunteer resource center responsible for connecting over 125,000 volunteers to flood-related projects.
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thurs., April 28.