Friday, August 7, 2020
– Ryman Auditorium is launching its first-ever livestream concert series, Live at the Ryman, with livestream performances to fans at home.
The six-week, Friday night livestream experience kicks off Aug. 14 with for KING & COUNTRY. The series continues with Cam, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Brett Young and Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets go on sale to the public this Monday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. CST.
'LIVE AT THE RYMAN' is a hybrid concert model developed by Opry Entertainment with input from the company's official wellness advisor, Vanderbilt Health. The series will launch first via livestream and expand to incorporate a small, socially distanced audience in accordance with local health ordinances. The Ryman did not say how many fans would be allowed.
Artists will perform full live sets on stage at Ryman Auditorium. Regulations include mandatory masks for all Ryman operations and production staff, as well as enhanced cleaning practices.
"Our company has prioritized the health and safety of our employees, customers and artists since day one of the pandemic," said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO, Ryman Hospitality Properties. "This unique live music experience represents the next step in our commitment to doing things the right way while also creating a repeatable model that will allow artists and fans to connect during this bridge period until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is available."
Each concert in the series will be produced by the same team that has produced the weekly Saturday live broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry since the early days of the pandemic when all events with a live audience were suspended. 'LIVE AT THE RYMAN' will use the Mandolin livestream platform for the six-week series, giving fans at home access to a front row seat.
"Both fans and artists are eager to once again feel the energy and excitement that concert venues foster, but we must prioritize health and safety as we reimagine live entertainment today," said Scott Bailey, President of Opry Entertainment Group. "Our team has developed a turn-key way for artists to connect directly with their fans. We hope that this series will be the first of many shows to use this model in the months ahead."
Livestream ticket prices begin at $10 with optional VIP add-ons. Six-week series passes for the livestreams begin at $50. Exclusive 'LIVE AT THE RYMAN' merchandise, including limited edition custom Hatch print posters, t-shirts and more will be available for purchase in advance online to commemorate the series.
Upcoming dates are:
Aug. 14 - for KING & COUNTRY
Aug. 21 - Cam
Aug. 28 - Chris Janson
Sept. 4 - Scotty McCreery
Sept. 11 - Brett Young
Sept. 18 - Old Crow Medicine Show