Evening to include performances by Kristen Kelly, Chicago-area country acts, fireworks, and more

The Chicago White Sox are planning to serve up some Grand Ole Opry with its baseball as the team hosts “Country Music Night,” presented by Pepsi on Friday, August 9 during a 7:10 p.m. home game against the Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox will be celebrating country music throughout the game in partnership with Chicago's most listened to country station - US 99.5, and Chicago's own Joe's Bar.

Arista Nashville recording artist and frequent Opry guest Kristen Kelly will take the field for a pre-game acoustic set and national anthem performance in front of the Opry’s signature microphone stand. Game activities will include multiple other artist performances and country music giveaways, and a post-game fireworks show is set to be synchronized with video performances recorded live on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

The fun continues following the fireworks with Kelly taking the stage at Joe’s Bar for a full show. All fans 21 and over are set to receive free admission to the performance when showing that day’s game ticket.

Game tickets are specially priced for country music fans along with their family and friends, with lower level tickets starting as low as $10. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit and enter the promo code CMN or call (866)-SOX-GAME.

With influences spanning country, classic rock, and the blues, Texas-born singer/songwriter Kristen Kelly describes her music as “a little more grease than polish,” pairing powerhouse vocals with lyrics that hit home about real life and real emotion. Chosen among CMT’s Next Women of Country, which spotlights the next generation of female superstars, the Arista Nashville recording artist showcases not only her vocal talents, but also her songwriting on her recently released self-titled, four-song EP, co-penning every song, including the hit first single, “Ex-Old Man,” and the soulful “He Loves to Make Me Cry.” Her EP has drawn praise from no less than The New York Times, which cheers, “Some singers get by on the strength of their attitude, some on the strength of their songwriting and some on the strength of their voice. Kristen Kelly … has plenty of the first two, but it’s the third that sets her apart.” Amid a busy tour schedule, Kelly has toured nationally with both Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts; and, recently, she has shared the stage with The Band Perry, Jake Owen and Sheryl Crow among others. For a complete tour schedule and more, visit, and find her on Twitter at

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand OleOpry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 87 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit