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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

NRDC Music Concert To End Mountaintop Removal

NRDC Presents Music Saves Mountains

Featuring Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea plus special guests

The Messina Group/AEG Live and the Ryman Auditorium have announced the star-studded line-up for Natural Resources Defense Council Presents Music Saves Mountains concert. This fundraising concert will be held May 19th at 8:00 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Featured performers include Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea plus special guests. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. by phone, the Ryman box office, http://www.musicsavesmountains.org/ and http://www.ryman.com/ . Ticket prices are $45, $75, $95 and $300. Fifty premium seat tickets will be sold via online auction at www.ticketmaster.com starting Friday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m., with a minimum of $300.

The Music Saves Mountains concert will serve as a fundraiser for NRDC’s campaign to end mountain top removal in Appalachia. Net proceeds will be put directly back in to efforts to pass strong laws that bring an end to this destructive practice.

Today, the Appalachians are being ravaged by the most destructive form of coal mining ever devised. Companies are blowing up entire mountaintops to get at the thin seams of coal below. Already 500 peaks have been leveled, wide swaths of forests have been clear cut, miles of streams have been destroyed or polluted, and countless communities have been harmed by this devastating practice.

About Ryman Auditorium A National Historic Landmark: Ryman Auditorium was built as a church in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open as a museum during the day and at night continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in live entertainment. The Ryman Auditorium is owned by Gaylord Entertainment, a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry.

About The Messina Group/AEG Live: The Messina Group (TMG) is a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals. TMG/AEG Live is recognized throughout the industry for its artist-friendly approach and commitment to quality.
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