Lindsay Ell Performs Two Opry Circle Throwdowns Before Her Return To The Grand Ole Opry Stage Wed Night


–Plays in New York City’s Bryant Park and Performs First-Ever Opry Circle Throwdown at 35,000 Feet for Southwest Airlines’ Live at 35

Lindsay Ell performs a “Live at 35” concert aboard Southwest Flight 1035 on her way back to Nashville for her Wednesday Night Opry performance. She gave a ticket to every passenger on the flight to attend her Opry performance that night ©2016 Grand Ole Opry

BBR Music Group’s Lindsay Ell, a featured rising star on the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry 9.0, Vol II, Discoveries From The Circle CD, performed two Opry Circle Throwdowns in advance of her performance on the stage of the Opry Wednesday night. Tuesday she played for fans at the Southwest Porch in New York City’s Bryant Park as part of the Opry’s summer music series Circle in the City. On her return back to Nashville for her scheduled Wednesday Night Opry performance, Ell threw the “Circle” down at 35,000 feet in the air on Southwest Airlines Flight 1035, performing a Live at 35 concert for the passengers on board. Following her performance of her two cuts from the Opry 9.0 project, Ell surprised her audience by giving all passengers on the flight tickets to see her on the Opry stage last night.

The Circle in the City summer series, in partnership this year with the BBR Music Group, features artists who travel to Manhattan with the Opry’s signature microphone stand and continue the Opry’s 90th anniversary year tradition of throwing down a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House for a performance, a la an Opry Circle Throwdown. Fans can watch each of the shows live on the Opry’s Facebook page.

Award-winning duo Thompson Square is set to round out the Circle in the City series next Tuesday, August 9. The duo then travels to Nashville Wednesday to perform on two Opry shows also featuring Carrie Underwood, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelsea Ballerini, Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and more.

Fans can follow artists’ journeys from New York to the Opry via social media and at, where they can also enter to win an OpryBound VIP package including airfare to Music City aboard Southwest Airlines, hotel accommodations, and Opry prizing.

About Lindsay Ell: Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch in 2016, Lindsay Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The 27-year-old Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13. The multi-instrumentalist was soon opening for the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban. Ell received critical acclaim for her singles “Trippin’ On Us,” “Shut Me Up” and “By The Way,” including being named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know” and one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. A 2016 CMT Music Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Ell most recently wowed audiences from coast-to-coast as part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour. For more information visit:

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About Bryant Park Corporation: Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the park’s lush lawn and gardens, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, café umbrellas, restrooms, restaurants and food kiosks, and many exciting events throughout the year.