Release Date Set for Grand Ole Opry Concert Film
The Grand Ole Opry is coming to the big screen later this year, and a date has been set for its official release. The movie, titled American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry, will premiere Dec. 4 at select Carmike theaters around the country, including Nashville.
The made-for-cinema concert film will feature unique performances from some of country’s biggest names, as well as behind-the-scenes moments for a VIP access experience. Audiences will get a front-row seat to performances including Brad Paisley singing “American Saturday Night” and “Country Nation,” Blake Shelton with “Boys 'Round Here” and “Gonna,” Darius Rucker with “Wagon Wheel” and “So I Sang” from Southern Style, the Band Perry with their mega-hit “If I Die Young,” and Brett Eldredge’s first No. 1, “Don’t Ya.”
Some of the tunes have unique connections to the Opry, such as “If I Die Young,” which the Band Perry performed for Opry management in a backstage dressing room in 2009, earning them an invitation to make its debut on the stage.
The concert was filmed Aug. 31 at the historic Nashville venue, and Rucker in particular was honored to be included. “I’m so proud to be a part of it,” he said. “I’m one of the artists in it, talking about being a member of the Opry. I go there when I don’t play, just to talk to people and hang out. I’ve seen Vince [Gill] there, not playing, just hanging out, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy [Dickens], Jim Ed Brown, God rest his soul. I love being a member.”
The film will give fans who otherwise may not get the chance to visit the Opry an opportunity for the Opry to visit them instead. Pre-sale tickets and show times are available on the film's website.
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