Film and Television / Music and Festivals

Ken Burns' Country Music Screening Event

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

$15 General Admission / $10 Autry Members (Promo code: AUTRYMEM)
Reservations Required

About the Event

Dust off your denim for a night of Americana on the Autry lawn for an exclusive sneak preview of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary, Country Music. You will even hear from the director himself during a discussion on this quintessentially American art form. The event will include activities, a live performance by country singer-songwriter Austin McCutchen, a dog Western-wear costume contest, and a panel discussion with Burns moderated by Times columnist Patt Morrison. Bring a picnic or enjoy a variety of food truck fare!
The documentary, written by Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the illustrated companion book (coming from Alfred A. Knopf on September 10), chronicles country music’s early days, from Southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” Including footage of Autry Museum founder Gene Autry, the film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.” 
Premiering Sunday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. PDT, the eight-part Country Music series will feature never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists.

Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Gates open
5:30–8:30 p.m.: Live music, food trucks, and bar open. Dog Western-wear contest and photos until 7:30 p.m. (Bring your pup in his or her finest country dudsor they can try on some of ours!)  

8:30 p.m.:
  • Introduction by Ken Burns
  • Screening 45-min clip reel
  • Onstage talk with Ken Burns and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. Moderated by Times columnist Patt Morrison.

Event Details

Seating: This is an open-lawn event and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and beach chairs. Low-rise beach chairs are preferred but taller chairs are allowed in designated areas. Seating location is first-come, first-served.
Parking: Free!
Dogs: Yes! This event is dog-friendly. All dogs are welcome and can enjoy a free biscuit at the door.

Funding for Country Music was provided by

Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by the following members of ‘The Better Angels Society:’ The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Fred and Donna Seigel, Mercedes T. Bass, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Lillian Lovelace, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. 
Country Music is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Burns. 

Program Partners

Los Angeles Times • Southern California’s flagship PBS channels PBS SoCal and KCET