Shelton Joined “Spring Blake” Festivities at New Ole Red Location with Private Concert Featuring Special Guests the Swon Brothers
Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Ryman Hospitality Properties (RHP) and Blake Shelton’s long-awaited restaurant and bar Ole Red Gatlinburg is officially open in downtown Gatlinburg. The entertainment venue celebrated “Spring Blake” yesterday, March 13, with a full day of activity including a memorable performance by Shelton featuring special guests the Swon Brothers on the Ole Red Gatlinburg stage.
The grand opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting and donation ceremony moderated by 650 AM WSM’s Bill Cody featuring Shelton and RHP CEO Colin Reed. Gatlinburg-Pittman High School was the recipient of a $54,214 donation to support music education in the local community. The funds were raised by Ole Red Gatlinburg auctioning 70 tickets to last night’s private Blake Shelton concert. The auction raised a grand total of $29,214 which combined with Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation’s match of up to $25,000, brought the total to over $50,000 for Gatlinburg-Pittman High School’s music programs.
Following the ribbon-cutting and donation ceremony, the festivities continued at Ole Red where Shelton officially christened the venue’s stage, performing his extensive catalog of hits for a packed house of over 500 fans.
Shelton opened the show with hit songs “Neon Light” and “All About Tonight,” the latter a fitting start to what proved to be an unforgettable evening of music and fun.
“I feel like this place already has good vibes, we have started this off right,” Shelton shared with the rowdy Wednesday night crowd. “This will always be embedded in the walls and all the cracks and crevices in here. This night, the way it all started…thank you all for being here and having this much energy…I love this so much!”
Shelton closed the two-hour set with a collection of his hits including “Austin,” “Honey Bee,” and “Boys Round Here” before returning for an encore of “Footloose” and “God Gave Me You. Learn more about all the Grand Opening activities here.
Blake Shelton’s New Restaurant Comes to Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is excited to announce that its famous Parkway will soon be rolling out the welcome mat for Blake Shelton’s lifestyle branded restaurant, Ole Red.
“We are thrilled that Blake Shelton has chosen Gatlinburg for this new venture,” says Mark Adams, president and CEO of the Gatlinburg CVB. “His acclaim as a country music star and coach on the hit television show ‘The Voice’ has made him a household name worldwide. The combination of his brand and popularity of this destination will make Ole Red Restaurant a must see when visitors come to Gatlinburg.”
Designed to embody the spirit of Shelton’s clever, irreverent hit “Ol’ Red,” the Ole Red brand is part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ strategy to celebrate the country lifestyle and bring country music’s entertainment power to Gatlinburg’s residents and visitors.
“The announcement of Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Restaurant is a testament to the strength of Gatlinburg as a Premier Resort Destination,” says Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle. “This move by Ryman Hospitality Properties to position Ole Red’s brand with the City confirms the popularity of Gatlinburg not only with visitors, but with investors. We are excited to see this project develop and look forward to having Ole Red in Gatlinburg.”