The Grand Ole Opry performed its first show since having been temporarily displaced from its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, by flooding earlier this week that has affected much of Middle Tennessee. The performance took place at downtown Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, one of the Opry’s past homes.
The show included honored guests Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, who both complimented the Opry’s resiliency and encouraged listeners to visit Nashville.
“Everywhere I go around the world, people talk to me about our music,” Corker said. “Thank you for keeping it going.”
“Tonight clearly proves that for both the Grand Ole Opry and for Nashville, the show truly does go on,” said Opry President Steve Buchanan. “This has been a historic night of great music. While we will not be back to our usual home for a little while, that by no means diminishes some special shows and memorable moments I am certain we'll experience at Opry shows in the days ahead. As Senator Alexander said on stage, ‘The music's still playing in Nashville!’”
Opry performances are scheduled for every weekend of the year and for every Tuesday through Dec. 14. This weekend's shows, as well as the May 11 Tuesday Night Opry, will be staged at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Opry's most famous former home. Thursday night's Opry Country Classics shows, previously scheduled for the Ryman Auditorium, remain at that venue. Updated show venues will be posted on Opry.com.