'All For The Hall' Concert Raises Money For Programs, Exhibits
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some of the biggest names in country music played to thousands of fans at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night. The annual "All for the Hall" concert raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
"I mean, this is crucial. Like every other not-for-profit in the country we rely on philanthropic gestures like this that allow us to keep growing and build on what we're doing. So it is crucial to us, yes," said Kyle Young, director of the Hall of Fame.
Each of the past two years the concerts have brought in $500,000 for the organization. But Young said the shows also put the Hall of Fame in the spotlight.
"That's something you really can't pay for. And for Vince and Keith do sort of validate what we do, they're saying what they do is important. How valuable is that," Young asked.
Entertainer Keith Urban came up with the idea for the concert three years ago as a way to give back to the community and music genre that has given him so much.
"The town, and specifically the genre, has just given me my whole life, so this was a great way for me to say thank you," Urban said.
Each year Urban has given the concert a theme. This year it was groups. He said at rehearsals Monday some big names will be on stage.
"Diamond Rio is going to be there, Oak Ridge Boys, as well as Band Perry, Lady Antebellum. You've got a big mix of time frame," according to Urban.
He did hint to two special guests who will make an appearance at the concert.
"It's two solo artists. Ones at the middle of the show, ones at the end of the show. I'm blown away that they wanted to do this," Urban said.
The money raised at the concert will go to support new exhibits at the museum and educational programs at the hall of fame.
Tuesday's concert at Bridgestone Arena was sold out.