Ole Red Tishomingo, a restaurant, live music venue and retail space, will celebrate its grand opening with an Opry-style performance and block party on Saturday, Sept. 30th in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The themed entertainment venue was inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red,” one of the superstar’s earliest career-defining songs.
Operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Ole Red Tishomingo will open its doors with the party flowing into the streets as an outdoor stage plays host to performances by RaeLynn and Opry members Jeannie Seely, John Conlee, and Ronnie Milsap. Shelton will co-host the Saturday, Sept. 30 show with 650 AM WSM’s Bill Cody. The free “Blake & Friends” concert will begin at 7 p.m. Central and will be livestreamed on Ole Red’s Facebook page.
“For a song that meant so much to me to take this shape and come to life as Ole Red has is really mind-blowing,” shared Shelton. “Our community is in for a treat with the Opry bringing their famed broadcast to Tishomingo for this special show. It’s a proud day for us Oklahomans.”
Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, said, “The Ole Red brand is all about celebrating the country lifestyle, and that is why we have chosen to open the first location in a town that is so close to Blake’s heart. Ole Red Tishomingo is a special place where people can experience Southern Oklahoma living at its best, and we look forward to debuting it with help from Blake and members of our Opry family.”
For some, the grand opening festivities will begin on Friday, Sept. 29th at 8 p.m. when Shelton will perform an intimate, private concert from the Ole Red Tishomingo stage. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the non-profit J.C. Reaching Out, a local charity that provides financial assistance to family members of people battling cancer. Just 130 tickets will be sold at $200 apiece and will be available on olered.com beginning Sept. 6th at 10 a.m. Central.
Fans can also enter the national “Road To Tishomingo” Sweepstakes where they will have a chance to win a flyaway for two, including air travel to and from Dallas, accommodations at the Gaylord Texan Resort, ground transportation to Tishomingo, and VIP admission to the free grand opening concert. Visit olered.com for more information.
Regional stations in Texas and Oklahoma will give locals the chance to participate in the “Road To Tishomingo” with an opportunity to win ground transportation to the grand opening event on Sept. 30th. Winners will caravan on specially wrapped buses for the day trip. Participating stations include KPLX/99.5 The Wolf (Dallas), New Country 96.3 KSCS (Dallas), Jake FM (Oklahoma City), 101.9 The Twister (Oklahoma City), K95.5 Tulsa’s New Country Leader (Tulsa), and Today’s Country Variety 98.5 K-V-O-O (Tulsa).
Ole Red Tishomingo opens just a few months before Ole Red Nashville, a multi-level 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue in the heart of Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway. Expected to open in the spring of 2018, Ole Red Nashville includes a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor, private event space, and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant featuring panoramic views of Lower Broadway.