When it was first announced back in January that the Grand Ole Opry would hold their show outside of Nashville in Manchester, Tenn. for this year's Bonnaroo music festival, details were sparse. Now, part of the line-up for the two-hour program on Sunday, June 10 has been released for the historic show which will be broadcast on WSM.
"It was important in putting (the show) together that we represented, as much as we could, a little bit of everything that happens on the Opry," general manager of the Grand Ole Opry Sally Williams told the Tennessean. Williams and Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps dreamt up the idea of combining the two events over a lunch conversation. It's incredibly rare for the Grand Ole Opry to happen anywhere other than Music City, but the show has gone on at New York City's Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
Opry members Bobby Bare, Del McCoury Band, Riders in the Sky and Old Crow Medicine Show (who will share hosting duties along with Bill Cody) are slated to play the gig. Also, LANCO, Lucie Silvas and Brothers Osborne will appear. Brothers Osborne will play as the backing band for several artists during the show, and they even have their own full set on the main stage on Sunday.
Several other country acts will be playing the festival who are not listed as joining in with the Grand Ole Opry set (yet) such as Sturgill Simpson and Sheryl Crow, who are playing on Friday night. The major headliners for each night include Muse, Bassnectar, Eminem, Bon Iver, The Killers and Future.