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Opry celebrates birthday

Thursday, September 13, 2012 – The Grand Ole Opry is set to celebrate its 87th Birthday on Oct. 5-6 with shows, backstage tours and free music in the Opry Plaza.

Artists scheduled to perform on Friday, Oct. 5 include Rodney Atkins and Steve Wariner. On Saturday, Oct. 6, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Dickens and Ray Stevens will be part of two Opry shows as they share the stage with a larger-than-life Opry 87th birthday cake.

Ricky Skaggs will perform during a special Opry Birthday Concert at 1 p.m., Oct. 6. Following his performance, Skaggs will visit The Opry Shop from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., signing his new CD "Music To My Ears."

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