Country headliners top music hall fundraiser

LOS ANGELES, California – Individual balcony seats for the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraiser, taking
place Thursday, 23 September, at Club Nokia, are now on sale.

Tickets to the benefit concert,
which will follow a “guitar pull” format and feature performances by Country
Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson, superstar
Taylor Swift, and a very special fourth chair that must remain anonymous, are
available for $250 and $150 (reserved seats in VIP section of the balcony with
access to the VIP lounge) and $115 (reserved seats in the balcony). Tickets are
available at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

A limited number of VIP tables are
still available for purchase at $5,000 and $10,000 levels; additional table
purchase details are below.

The evening will offer a unique
opportunity to see these acclaimed singer-songwriters interact with one another
as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections. The
“guitar pull” is a Nashville specialty; it originated in the homes of Nashville
songwriters who gathered to try out new compositions for their peers.
Nashville’s most storied guitar pulls were hosted by Johnny and June Carter
Cash. The hallmarks of a great guitar pull are spontaneity and camaraderie.

The Museum launched All for the
Hall, its first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign, in 2005. The
campaign addresses the Museum’s need for long-term financial security and will
provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This is the fourth year
the Museum has taken its “annual giving” event on the road, hosting previous
All for the Hall events in New York in 2007 and 2008 and in Los Angeles in
2009.

“This year especially, the event
will provide much needed support as Nashville works to recover from the
devastating impact of a once-every-500-years flood,” said Director Kyle Young.
“While our exhibits and collections are all on upper floors and never in
danger, flood waters did reach ‘five feet high and rising’ in our ground-floor
Ford Theater.”

All for the Hall Los Angeles is
chaired by AEG Live Chairman Tim Leiweke and produced by CAA’s Rod Essig and Vector
Management’s Ken Levitan. The event is made possible by the generosity of AEG
Live and Club Nokia LA Live. The 2010 host committee for All for the Hall Los
Angeles includes Orly Adelson (dick clark productions), Thomas Carroll
(SunTrust Bank), Jay Faires (Lionsgate), John Frankenheimer (Loeb & Loeb
LLP), Gary Haber (Haber Corporation), Henry Juszkiewicz (Gibson Guitar
Corporation), Levitan, Cameron Strang (New West Records) and Jody Williams
(BMI).

All for the Hall Los Angeles’s
supporting sponsor is Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Last year’s event, also held at
Club Nokia, featured performances by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam
and Melissa Etheridge; special guests included Chris Isaak, who also acted as
host, Kara DioGuardi and Michael McDonald.

“Our All for the Hall Los Angeles
debut gave us an opportunity to focus on West Coast country music history and
remind our guests that these artists and executives and their songs are a part
of the story we both preserve and teach at the Museum,” said Young. “By design,
guitar-pull content is unplanned and unrehearsed. It was very exciting to see
West Coast country spontaneously become the theme of the 2009 performances,
which included musical salutes to Gram Parsons, Buck Owens and Cindy Walker,
among others,” he said. “We are grateful for our warm welcome last year and
look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in September.”

Describing last year’s event, Ann
Powers of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Any visitor to the [Country Music Hall
of Fame and Museum] realizes that music also can take the form of a joke, a
nursery rhyme, a prayer, a come-on or a campfire tale…Harris, Yoakam, Melissa
Etheridge and Vince Gill touched upon all those forms, showing the flexibility
of ‘country’ as they did so …” (10/2/09).

Guests at the 2009 event included
legendary producer (and former Elvis Presley and Emmylou Harris pianist) Tony
Brown; recording artist and songwriter Sarah Buxton; Desperate Housewives actor
James Denton; eclectic singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones; renowned western
tailor Manuel; actress-writer-director Marianna Palka; actress Mary Kay Place,
star of television’s Big Love; and film-theater-television actor Jason Ritter,
son of the late actor John Ritter and grandson of Country Music Hall of Fame
member Tex Ritter.

All for the Hall Los Angeles
patrons are offered their choice of seating for 10 for $10,000, or seating for
five for $5,000. Individual tickets are available at $1000 per seat. A cocktail
reception and dinner will precede the guitar pull. To purchase tickets or for
more information, patrons may contact Holly Lane at
[email protected] or telephone (615) 416-2035 or (800) 852-6437.

About the Performers

Emmylou Harris introduced country
music to a broader audience by building bridges to folk, gospel, rock and
alternative music. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and claimed 12
Grammys in a career that now stretches over four decades. Elected to the
Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, she remains an inspiration to new
generations of artists. Harris is a champion of many humanitarian causes,
including landmine removal and animal rescue. Her latest album, 2008’s All I
Intended to Be, included contributions from Buddy Miller, Gill and Dolly
Parton.

Kris Kristofferson has enjoyed a
distinguished career that has encompassed the authorship of such classic
American songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “For the
Good Times” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”; stardom in such feature
films as Lonestar, The Blade Trilogy, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Pat
Garrett & Billy the Kid and A Star Is Born; honors including three Grammy
Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and years of outspoken political and social
activism. Last year, the legendary songwriter was feted as a BMI Icon at the
performing rights organization’s Country Awards. Kristofferson is a member of
the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Taylor Swift is a four-time Grammy
winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top
both the country and pop radio charts, and had the #l best-selling album in any
genre of music in both 2008 and 2009. This year, at age 20, she became the
youngest artist in history to win the music industry’s highest honor, the
Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Also at the 2010 Grammys, she took home the
awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Country Female
Vocal Performance. Her six-times platinum Fearless album is the most awarded
album in country music history. In 2009, Taylor was named Artist of the Year at
the American Music Awards and Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards.
Taylor’s record sales top 13 million albums and 25 million song downloads. Her
40-date Fearless 2010 North American tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 32
cities.

About the Country Music Hall of
Fame and Museum

Accredited by the American
Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is operated
by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational
organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission
is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music
rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation
also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press,
Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or
by calling (615) 416-2001.

About AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment
division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live
contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival,
exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, 15 regional
offices, and thirty state-of-the-art venues. The company is producing tours and
productions including Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Supernatural
Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
in Las Vegas and Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas. The concert tour roster
includes artists such as Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Carrie
Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson,
Wisin & Yandel, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Paul McCartney and
KISS. AEG Live is the largest producer of music festivals in North America from
the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For more information, go to
www.aeglive.com.

About Club Nokia

Club Nokia, a multi-use music,
entertainment and concert venue–located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A.
LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district–accommodates over 2,300
guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment,
Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows
while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties.
The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an
innovative interactive experience .

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