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May 23

CMA Music Festival Offers Hundreds of Hours of Free Live Music

Ash Bowers

Ash Bowers photo courtesy of Loud Mouth Entertainment.

The 2013 CMA Music Festival will take pace in downtown Nashville June 6-9 with no less than six free stages featuring live music throughout the day and into the evening as well as countless activities. Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out a record-setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 Festival, but fans will still have many chances to catch their favorite artists at CMA Music Festival.

Performance lineups for the previously announced Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza are available at, but those schedules are just the beginning of what fans can expect from country music’s biggest festival. Everything from autograph signings, meet-and-greets, cell phone charging stations, product demonstrations, auctions, giveaways, and more will take place in Downtown Nashville throughout the festival. Outdoor spaces are free and open to the public.

Some of this year’s events include:

Transitions Performance Park

New in 2013, Transitions® adaptive lenses will host Transitions Performance Park, where fans can get an enhanced view of the CMA Music Festival from atop Transitions’ two-story viewing platform. Fans will be able to test Transitions products, look through customized viewfinders and star in their own professional photo shoot.

Additionally, daily concerts will take place with the Marshall Tucker Band making their first-ever CMA Music Festival appearance to kick things off on Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m. with a performance. Other artists set for performances include Ash Bowers, Holly Williams, Due West, Danielle Peck, Julie Roberts, Jeff Bates, Kristy Lee Cook and many more.

The Buckle

The Buckle covers three blocks of Broadway and will host a variety of free performances and activities beginning with concerts presented by ASCAP on Thursday, June 6 and Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Performers include Brent Anderson, Trent Willmon, Chris Cavanaugh and many more.

June 7-8, the ABC Television Network returns to the CMA Music Festival with the ABC Summer Block Party. There will be special appearances by ABC fan favorites including Jason Thompson and Nancy Lee Grahn from General Hospital and Chef Carla Hall from The Chew, musical performances, autograph signings, games, photos, free giveaways and much more!

The Buckle will also host wall-to-wall activities including The History Channel’s Cross-Country Cookout and appearances by the stars of the network’s hit TV series Swamp People in both The History Channel and Gander Mountain booths. Fans will be able to sample food, enter to win one-of-a-kind trips, sing karaoke and visit several exhibitors.

Fan Alley

Fan Alley welcomes fans into a community where memories will be shared and friendships made. The Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage will feature daily concerts with two dozen of country’s best rising talent each day. Carolyn Dawn Johnson will kick off the performances with Tyler Barham, Weston Burt, Striking Matches, Dakota Bradley, Kingston and more also scheduled to take the stage.

BMI Tailgate Party

The BMI Tailgate Party returns for a second year. Located right off the Cumberland River outside LP Field, the stage will feature a selection of BMI’s songwriters, artists, and DJ Du warming up the audience before they enter LP Field for the Nightly Concerts. Performers at the BMI Tailgate Party include Thomas Rhett, Joel Crouse, Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi and more.

Ninth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party

The Ninth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade is set for June 5 at 11 a.m. with Kix Brooks serving as Grand Marshal. In addition to country stars and other celebrities riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet vehicles, the parade will feature the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band, which is made up of high school musicians representing several Metro Nashville Public Schools, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, balloons, and more.

Following the parade, fans can gather at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage for The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party. The Henningsens will kick things off followed by Brazilbilly, The Lacs, The Cadillac Three, and headliner Joe Diffie. Lyndsey Highlander will perform the national anthem.

CMA Social Media Ticket Giveaways

Despite tickets to the LP Field Nightly Concert series being sold out, fans can win their way into the best seats in the house for CMA Music Festival’s star-studded showcases. Between Monday, May 27 and Friday, May 31, CMA will give away a pair of tickets each day across the organization’s social media. CMA will also run a week-long contest during the same time frame to give away 50 pairs of passes to the all-new AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X experience at Music City Center. Full details on how to enter can be found at beginning Monday, May 27.

It all officially kicks off Thursday, June 6 with “Lady A Day at FFX” featuring Lady Antebellum performing, signing autographs, and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. Fan Fair X is free to four-day ticket holders and available to fans for $10 a day or $25 for four days Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with children 12 and younger admitted for free.

“If You See Something, Say Something” at CMA Music Festival

All of those in attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and situations and are encouraged to text ALERT (space) and the LOCATION of the suspicious activity to 66937. There will also be a special Festival law enforcement phone number posted throughout the event area for attendees to call to report suspicious activity. See for more information.


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