The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will return to Times Square PlayStation Theater, February 13, 2018, for the benefit concert All for the Hall New York. In an intimate guitar-pull format, Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will host the evening and perform as part of the guitar pull. He will be joined by award-winning women, including fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris and chart toppers Kesha and Maren Morris.
Concert tickets for mezzanine seating go on sale Friday, November 17, at 10 a.m. EST. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at axs.com. A limited number of VIP tables are available at $5,000 and $10,000 levels. More details on mezzanine and VIP tickets and benefits can be found at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/afthny. Event proceeds will support the museum’s education programs, which reached nearly 109,000 people in 2017.
Attendees will have the rare opportunity to witness award-winning, critically acclaimed artists partake in a Southern tradition known as the guitar pull, in which a small group of artists take turns presenting their songs while the other artists listen or add harmony and instrumentation. Some of the most legendary guitar-pull sessions were hosted by Johnny and June Carter Cash. All for the Hall New York participants will decide what to sing in the spur-of-the-moment, without a set list, as they casually swap songs and stories during this one-of-a kind event.
All for the Hall founder Gill returns each year to perform at the benefit event. Gill is a 21-time Grammy winner and BMI Icon recipient. This year, he will be in the company of Harris, the 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, whose career as a singer and songwriter spans over 40 years. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has earned three CMA Awards, two Americana Awards and sold over 15 million records worldwide. Pop superstar Kesha will join the All for the Hall New York lineup. Her debut album in 2010 sold over 13 million copies. She took home the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010 and was nominated for two American Music Awards, three MTV VMA Awards, and six Billboard Awards. In 2016 she won Billboard’s Women in Music Trailblazer Award. Her most recent album, Rainbow, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and she recently wrapped a sold-out North American tour. Maren Morris, whose soulful vocals have earned her a Grammy, CMA New Artist of the Year, and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, among other honors, will also be part of the pull.
Past participants include Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, James Taylor, Carrie Underwood, Dwight Yoakam and more.
In an innovative partnership, the museum will join forces with Education Through Music, a nonprofit that partners with inner-city schools to provide music as a core subject for all children. The two institutions will provide the museum’s flagship educational experience, Words & Music, for a classroom of fifth-grade students at PS 169/Baychester Academy elementary school in the Bronx. The students will take the stage as the opening act at All for the Hall New York, to debut an original song written for the evening. As part of the Words & Music experience, the students will co-write a song with singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, who recently topped the charts with the gold-certified title track from her debut album, Every Little Thing (Big Machine Records), and Grammy-winning songwriter Liz Rose, writer of hits such as Little Big Town’s Girl Crush and Taylor Swift’s You Belong with Me.
The All for the Hall campaign launched in 2005 and addresses the museum’s need for long-term financial security. Currently in its tenth year on the road, the fundraising event provides a safety net for the museum and its work. This year’s proceeds will be dedicated to the support of the museum’s education programs, which teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
All for the Hall New York is produced by CAA’s Rod Essig, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan, Gary Overton and BMI’s Jody Williams. The event is made possible by the generosity of AEG Live and the PlayStation Theater. All table and ticket purchases are a tax deductible charitable contribution to support the preservation of country music’s heritage.
Article courtesy of Country Music Tattle Tale