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March 20–April 9, 2006

In tribute to America's rich country music heritage, the Kennedy Center in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum—and with honorary chair Vince Gill—presents Country: A Celebration of America's Music March 20–April 9, 2006. This three-week-long celebration features performances by some of the greatest country music artists from across the nation.

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Country: A Celebration of America's Music is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc. and Southern Company.
Altria and Southern Co. Logos
Additional support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Powers,
Gibson Musical Instruments, Toyota and Viacom and CMT Country Music Television.
Presentation of artists from Texas is supported by the Rosewood Hotels/Crescent Endowment Fund.

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Grand Ole Opry
Photo of Travis Tritt The Grand Ole Opry brings its signature blend of music and entertainment to the Kennedy Center with performances by Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart, The Del McCoury Band, Eddie Stubbs, and others.


Mar 26, 2006, Concert Hall
Tickets: $15.00 - $70.00

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The Country Salutes Country  
Photo of Vince Gill SOLD OUT! Check Box Office for last-minute availability.  Vince Gill, Naomi Judd, Wynonna, Kris Kristofferson, and Ray Price come together to highlight the many roots of the art form.


Mar 31, 2006, Concert Hall
Tickets: $15.00 - $150.00

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String Masters  
Photo of Béla Fleck All-star stringed instrument players—including Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton—perform in an evening that explores country music's roots and progressive trends.

Apr 4, 2006, Eisenhower Theater
Tickets: $25.00 - $60.00

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Allan Harris and Cross That River
Photo of Allan Harris "One of the best male jazz vocalists of his genre" ( The New York Times ), Allan Harris and the Cross That River band perform "The Saga of a Black Cowboy," a fascinating concert portrait of the wild American West.

Mar 25, 2006, Terrace Gallery
Tickets: $25.00

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Explore the Arts™

Roots of Country Music
country festival Discover the history of country music with Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale, John Rumble, and James Shelton.


Mar 20, 2006 , Rehearsal Room
Tickets: $15.00

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Country Dance Series
country festival Learn two-steps, line dances, and more from National Country Western Circuit Winners, plus enjoy a grand finale dance party with Asleep at the Wheel.

Mar 23 - Apr 6, 2006
, Rehearsal Room
Tickets: $36.00

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Country Music Guitar Master Class
Marty Stuart Discuss guitar playing and more with Marty Stuart, Kenny Vaughan, and Bill Lloyd. Several local guitarists will perform in front of these talents and receive critiques.


Mar 27, 2006
, Rehearsal Room
Tickets: $15.00

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Country Songwriters in the Round
country festival From writing lyrics to performing them, country music songwriters Guy Clark, Matraca Berg, Shawn Camp, and Jeff Hanna lead a master class of local songwriters.


Apr 3, 2006
, Rehearsal Room
Tickets: $15.00

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Free Millennium Stage Events

Daily Performances at 6 p.m. Free, no tickets required.
Full Millennium Stage Schedule


 CELEBRATION-OPENING PERFORMANCE
Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends
country festival Four-time Grammy-winning banjo player Earl Scruggs performs with his "Family and Friends" band in a lively evening of bluegrass to kick off the Kennedy Center's country music celebration.


Mar 21, 2006
, Millennium Stage


Tennessee Mafia Jug Band featuring Leroy Troy
country festival Leroy Troy fronts the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, which performs "hairy-legged, head-thrown-back, open-throat country singing that's not for the faint of heart" as heard on its CD Barnyard Frolic.


Mar 26, 2006 , Millennium Stage


Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun with the Rosslyn Mountain Boys
country festival Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bill Kirchen leads the band Too Much Fun, drawing upon country music's origins in blues and bluegrass, as well as the western swing of Texas and California honky tonks. Regional favorites the Rosslyn Mountain Boys add their roots music flair, celebrating their new CD Different Sky Line.

Mar 29, 2006 , Millennium Stage

The Grascals
country festival A 2006 Grammy nominee, this acclaimed Nashville bluegrass sextet is a continual crowd-pleaser, whether offering original songs, reworking the classic "Teardrops In My Eyes," breathing new life into the Osborne Brothers' "Leavin's Heavy on My Mind" or interpreting Harley Allen's "Me And John And Paul."


Apr 2, 2006 , Millennium Stage



Country Writers' Night featuring Guy Clark, Matraca Berg, and Shawn Camp
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The three famed country music artists take turns showcasing their work in this exciting concert.




Apr 4, 2006
, Millennium Stage





CELEBRATION FINALE AND MILLENNIUM STAGE 9th ANNIVERSARY COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE PARTY
Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel

The festivities comes to a thrilling close when nine-time Grammy-winning Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel leads an outdoor country music dance party, which also celebrates the ninth anniversary of Millennium Stage.

Apr 9, 2006
, South Plaza



Exhibits

Hatch Show Print Exhibit
country festival

In cooperation with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Kennedy Center presents an exhibition of Hatch Show Prints posters, made from hand-carved wood blocks.

Mar 27–Apr 16, 2006
, Terrace Gallery
10:00am to Closing
THIS IS A FREE EVENT - no tickets are required.

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