Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge owner Steve Smithannounced the lineup of country artists performing at the Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 50th Anniversary Celebration happening Sunday, November 7 at the Ryman Auditorium. The concert and retrospective paying tribute to the legendary honky tonk and the iconic woman it’s named for, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, will include performances by Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, The Grascals, Ronnie McDowell and newcomer Joanna Smith, with a special presentation by Grand Ole Opry legend, Little Jimmy Dickens. Tillis and Clark will co-host the evening with Kris Kristofferson, who is also scheduled to perform.
$50 tickets for the Ryman show are available at TicketMaster or at the Ryman box office. $110 VIP packages, including access to pre- and after-show parties, a commemorative Tootsies 50th Anniversary shirt, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and more, are available by visiting www.tootsies.net.
“Like Kris, all these artists have a history with Tootsie’s,” Smith commented. “Spanning the decades, each has stories and special memories to share,” Smith added, “and their music is a part of Tootsie’s history. It’s going to be a memorable night.”
After the Ryman show, Smith will host the official VIP after-party at Tootsie’s, which the greatest Opry stars like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Ernest Tubb would use as a “green room” to wet their whistles and pick their guitars.
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Heidi Newfield and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there.