Grand Ole Opry Celebrating 5,000th Saturday Night Show Headlined by Vince Gill

by Keeli Parkey

The Grand Ole Opry has been making history for decades. But soon the hallowed hall of country music is reaching a milestone like none other.

Next month the venerable institution will celebrate its 5,000th Saturday night show. You ready that correctly – 5,000 Saturday night shows!

The official Twitter account of the Grand Ole Opry reminded country music fans of this upcoming celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 8. “Every night at the Opry is historic, but witnessing our 5,000th Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” the tweet read.

This social media message also included a link for those interested in purchasing tickets for the celebration. You can check it out here.

According to the official website of the Grand Ole Opry, this country music institution’s 5,000th Saturday night broadcast will take place on Oct. 30, 2021. Headlining the event on that evening will be popular country music star Vince Gill.

Obviously, he will not be the only person taking the stage on Oct. 30. Others who are slated to perform include Bill Anderon, Chris Janson, Terri Clark, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Chris Young, and The Gatlin Brothers.

Marty Stuart Describes the Grand Ole Opry as a Source of ‘Comfort, Hope and Joy’

The special 5,000th show celebration was announced during August 2021. One country music star who respects the beloved stage is Marty Stuart. He talked about his love for the institution in March 2020. He made his comments during a Saturday night show when there was no one in the audience due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Country music is no stranger to hard times, and neither is the Grand Ole Opry. For 95 years it has seen world wars, catastrophes, and presidential assassinations, but somehow the show has gone right along. It’s an honor to stand on this stage as we get ready to celebrate the legacy of the Opry, which has brought comfort, hope and joy to generations of listeners through it all,” Stuart said.

Marking such an important milestone is important to the history of music, according to Opry Entertainment Group President Scott Bailey.

“For 5,000 Saturday nights, the Opry has stood as a beacon not just for generations of listeners seeking top-notch entertainment, but for artists with big dreams and even bigger talent. This stage has witnessed some of the most iconic moments in country music – debuts, duets, and everything in between – and it deserves celebrating. We’re excited for country music fans around the world to be able to join us for this historic occasion,” Bailey also said.

The show that became the Grand Ole Opry first aired on the radio on WSM in 1925. The popular broadcast started on television but later moved to television. In its almost 100 year history, the program has become the longest-running broadcast program in the world. Its 5,000th Saturday night broadcast is definitely worth celebrating!