NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 7, 2010 - Near the end of last year's sold out, wildly successful We're All for the Hall benefit concert, which was organized by Keith Urban, Vince Gill turned to his friend and asked, "Hey Keith, this thing turned out all right, didn't it?...What do you say we do it again next year?" To the crowd's delight, Urban announced that We're All for the Hall would return on October 5, 2010.
True to his word, the Grammy Award-winning artist and an all-star lineup of friends will return to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, October 5, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at a family friendly $25 and $35 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale Friday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on September 17 at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)
The show--which will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Urban, Country Music Hall of Fame members Gill, Dolly Parton and Charley Pride, John Mayer, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss and Billy Currington--promises to be a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime evening of music, friendship and camaraderie.
All for the Hall is the Museum's first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising initiative. The campaign addresses the not-for-profit educational institution's need for long-term financial security and provides a safety net for its work. Through an aggressive exhibit schedule, scholarly publications and hundreds of school and family programs, the Museum teaches its audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. Museum Board President Gill created and has led the institution's All for the Hall fundraising initiative since 2005.
"Thanks to all of the artists who gave so generously of their talents and their time, last year's concert went well beyond what anyone could've ever imagined," said Urban. "The awareness and money raised was extraordinary.
"So what do we do for an encore?" added Urban. "This year we've created a musical theme called 'Heroes.' I've asked each artist to play one of their favorite songs from one of their country heroes, besides of course, one of their own hits. There's no doubt that this audience is going to experience a really special night - some of their favorite artists doing songs that, in some cases, they may have never even played live before...and quite possibly won't ever again."
"Last year's We're All for the Hall concert was a landmark for this institution," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "It was the most successful fundraiser in the Museum's history, netting nearly $500,000. And it not only set a new standard for fundraising and event coordination, but also brought together an entire community and helped us to see what can be done by individuals when there is a collective passion for a cause.
"It is beyond gratifying" Young continued, "when the artists we love and chronicle, artists like Vince and Keith, offer us their leadership and financial support. Keith Urban grew up in a home where country music was cherished. He knows the music's history and its heroes. He is one of country music's greatest champions and he is one of this Museum's heroes."
Reserved Seating Tickets
Tickets ($25 and $35, plus Ticketmaster surcharge) go on sale Friday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m. at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Tickets may also be charged by phone at (800) 745-3000.
VIP packages will go on sale Friday, September 17, at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. They include:
"Once in a Lifetime" Package/$3,000 per ticket
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"Making Memories" Package/$2,500 per ticket
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"I'm In" Package/$1,500 per ticket
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A portion of each VIP package is tax deductible to support the preservation of country music.
We're All for the Hall is proudly presented by the Messina Group (TMG) and AEG Live.
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print®. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and thirty state-of-the-art venues. For more information, go to www.aeglive.com.