“Nashville’s New Music in New York” Celebrates the Opry’s 90th Anniversary With Performances and “Circle Throwdowns” by Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Bryant

GRAND OLE OPRY® AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES® TO TAKE NASHVILLE’S NEW MUSIC TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THIRD ANNUAL BRYANT PARK CONCERT SERIES

“Nashville’s New Music in New York” Celebrates the Opry’s 90th Anniversary
With Performances and “Circle Throwdowns” by Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Bryant

Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Airlines Take Nashville's New Music To New York City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept 1, 2015) In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Anniversary, the Opry and Southwest Airlines are returning to the heart of New York City for the third annual series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. Nashville’s New Music in New York is set to feature two of country music’s top new acts, Kelsea Ballerini (Sept. 9) and Chase Bryant (Sept. 28). Ballerini and Bryant will each travel to Manhattan with the Opry’s signature microphone stand and will continue the 90th anniversary year tradition of throwing down a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House, a la an “Opry Circle Throwdown.”

Kelly Ford from New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will host the Bryant Park concerts. Each performance is open to the public, and seating will be based on a first-come first-served basis. Other guests will be invited to be a part of each performance in the park outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch.

“We’re excited to take part of our 90th anniversary celebration to New York and introduce two of our favorite new artists to audiences there,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager.

“Southwest Airlines and our partners from Bryant Park Corporation are thrilled to bring the sounds of Nashville to the Big Apple,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer.  “Partnerships like these give us the opportunity to showcase our top destinations to our New York Customers.”

The Opry will officially celebrate with its 90th Birthday Bash in Nashville Oct. 2 & 3.