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Ford Community Day

 

 

In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors can enjoy a variety of programs and events, including a performance from singer-songwriter Ingrid Andress, a Songwriter Session with Kelly Archer, a Musician Spotlight with Fats Kaplin, and free photos with Santa. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B will also be free, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each year, Ford Community Day offers free access to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's wide array of cultural and educational offerings, made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

The 2019 Ford Community Day schedule includes a full day of special programming and events, with a headlining performance from “More Hearts than Mine” singer Ingrid Andress, a Songwriter Session with Kelly Archer (who penned Justin Moore's “Somebody Else Will” and other cuts), and lots more.

Visitors will also have access to special Ford Community Day 2019 discounts. Guests who show their Ford car key will receive 10 percent off purchases in Circa The Museum Store and Hatch Show Print, and on food and beverage purchases at Red Onion and Bajo Sexto (excludes alcohol and gift certificates). Visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on Ford Community Day will receive a 20 percent discount on any Individual or Family Level membership. The discount will be honored only on Dec. 15, 2019, at both the membership desk and online (use discount code FORD20).

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Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B are historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


PERFORMANCES

Songwriter Session: Kelly Archer

Sunday, December 15 | 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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Kelly Archer wrote “For Her” (Chris Lane), “Got My Country On” (Chris Cagle), “Love Like Mine” (Hayden Panettiere), “Name on It” (Dustin Lynch), “Sleep without You” (Brett Young), “Somebody Else Will” (Justin Moore), and songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Cassadee Pope, and Trisha Yearwood. Presented by SunTrust. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Ford Theater. Free to museum members. Program ticket required.

 

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Musician Spotlight: Fats Kaplin

Sunday, December 15 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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General Admission reserve tickets here.

New York City native Fats Kaplin can play nearly any instrument with strings. On stage and in the studio, his sound incorporates elements of gypsy jazz and traditional stringband music. Kaplin has toured or recorded with Suzy Bogguss, Elizabeth Cook, Elvis Costello, Robbie Fulks, the Judds, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Pure Prairie League, Jack White, and Trisha Yearwood. He also leads his own band, the Fats Kaplin Gang. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Ford Theater. Limited seating. Free to museum members.

 

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Concert: Ingrid Andress

Sunday, December 15 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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General Admission reserve tickets here.

Singer-songwriter and Warner Music Nashville recording artist Ingrid Andress co-wrote her current single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” which has reached the Top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. She made her national television debut earlier this year on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she performed her first single, “Lady Like.” Her other recent releases include “Both” and “We’re Not Friends.” Andress also co-wrote “Boys” (Charli XCX) and “About You” (FLETCHER). Presented in support of Ford Community Day. CMA Theater. Free to museum members. Program ticket required.

 

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PROGRAMS

Creative Zone: Golden Hour Paper Fans

Sunday, December 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Creativity runs in Kacey Musgraves’s family. Her sister, photographer Kelly Christine Sutton, shot the cover of Musgraves’ latest album, Golden Hour (2018). A focal point of this cover is a paper fan; Musgraves later incorporated a fan motif into her concert set designs. Come design a paper fan inspired by this album cover. Then, snap a selfie in front of a backdrop to create an album cover of your own. All ages. Presented in support of the exhibit Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

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Family Program: Learn to Line Dance: Country Crossover

Sunday, December 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Come get your move on in this fun and easy dance lesson. This workshop explores songs by artists who have expanded the boundaries of country music through the decades. Learn a line dance to a rock & roll-influenced song by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee. Then, learn the line dance to 2019 hip hop-country song “The Git Up” by Blanco Brown. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. No dance experience necessary. Ages five and up. Taylor Swift Education Center.
 

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Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo

Sunday, December 15 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Play a steel guitar, strum an autoharp, and pick a banjo! Our Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Multi-instrumentalists will be on site to offer guidance. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Family Program: Beginner Ukulele Workshop: DeFord Bailey Style

Sunday, December 15 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., and                    3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Participants will learn and practice ukulele basics, then accompany special guest harmonica player Carlos DeFord Bailey, grandson of harmonica wizard and Country Music Hall of Fame member DeFord Bailey. Ukuleles provided or bring your own. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Ages seven and up. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating.

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Family Program: DeFord Bailey DIY Harmonicas

Sunday, December 15 | 1:30 p.m – 3:45 p.m.

Create your own harmonica from household materials, inspired by country music’s first African American star, DeFord Bailey. A popular early fixture on the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey played innovative harmonica music that often was influenced by sounds around him, like chugging trains and barking hounds. What sounds will you make on your new harmonica? Presented in support of Ford Community Day. All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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