Kellie Pickler photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, as well as Lennon and Maisy Stella from ABC’s Nashville are all set to perform as the Grand Ole Opry kicks off its CMA Music Festival Week with two star-studded shows on June 4. Lee Brice and Tyler Farr will perform earlier in the afternoon during an Opry Plaza Party.
Other Opry performances during CMA Music Festival include the celebration of Carrie Underwood’s 5th anniversary as an Opry member on June 7. Mel Tillis and Charley Pride plus many more are also set for the June lineup. Continue Reading
Easton Corbin photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
The 6th Annual GAC Kick-Off Breakfast, the unofficial start of CMA Music Festival, is set for Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 AM at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Easton Corbin and Eric Paslay are the first two artist announced to perform. Additional artists will be added in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the event are $45 and include music performances, autograph sessions where fans will have their photos taken by professional photographers and loaded onto an easy access website, admission to the museum and a hearty country breakfast.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10 starting at 10a ET and can be purchased HERE » Continue Reading
Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Nearly 50 artists have been confirmed for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 in downtown Nashville. Sara Evans will kick off the performances on June 6 at 10 a.m. This marks the first time she has opened the festival.
“Sara is the perfect choice to launch the daily concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage because of her great repertoire of hit music and undeniable connection to our fans,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer said. Continue Reading
A view of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo by Bennett Farkas, courtesy of the CMA.
Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during CMA Music Festival are officially sold out six weeks in advance of the June 6-9 festival. With high demand for four-day ticket packages, single night tickets will not be available for LP Field concerts.
“Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever, but the good news for our fans is if you didn’t get a ticket for LP Field there are nine other entertainment and music stages, plus special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “And with the expansion of our autograph signings, concerts, and family events into the new Music City Center – which we have dubbed Fan Fair X – local and regional residents have affordable, easy access to great entertainment with hundreds of our most popular artists.” Continue Reading
Linda Davis and George Hamilton IV photos courtesy of Webster & Associates.
Linda Davis and George Hamilton IV will host this year’s Sunday Mornin’ Country. The annual country and gospel music show is set for June 9 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Named a Top 20 Tourism Social Event, the show is now in its 34th year and has been a favorite outlet for many country music fans in town for CMA Music Festival.
“Sunday Mornin’ Country provides great entertainment for the whole family,” event co-producer Lorrie Babcock Hendrickson said. “It is a truly unique opportunity for fans to hear their favorite artists share personal stories about what their faith means to them in their daily life. It’s not just a concert and it’s more than a church service; It’s a time of celebration and inspiration you won’t want to miss!” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of The Green Room.
X marks the spot at this year’s CMA Music Festival. AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) will feature autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations and much more in the brand new, cutting-edge Music City Center during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 in Nashville.
“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore said. “By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”
The new Fan Fair X will feature all the popular fan experiences from the past and expand to create the most ‘eXceptional, eXciting and eXtrodianary’ artist/fan encounters in CMA Music Festival’s 40+ year history. Lady Antebellum will lead the way with ‘Lady A Day at FFX.’ They’ll kick off the week by cutting the ribbon to officially open the doors on June 6. They will then perform, sign autographs, take fan questions and launch their first Ping Pong & Songs event. Continue Reading
Miranda Lambert performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the CMA.
CMA Music Festival has announced the lineup of artists scheduled to appear during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in Nashville June 6-9. In addition to previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, 14 more artists have been added.
Gary Allan, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Eric Church and Brad Paisley have all been added to the lineup of the ultimate country music fan experience. Continue Reading
Scotty McCreery hosts CMA’s Fourth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center February 19, 2013. Photo Credit: Donn Jones/CMA
The CMA Foundation donated $1.2 million to benefit music education programs in Metro Nashville public schools through their Keep the Music Playing campaign at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday night. The announcement was made during a reception prior to the Fourth Annual CMA Keep the Music Playing All Star Concert hosted by Scotty McCreery.
“Providing instruments for every Metro school is a tremendous accomplishment,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “When we started this program in 2006, instruments in Metro band programs were more than 30 years old – if they were lucky enough to have them at all. Seeing what this program has accomplished on behalf of our artists is extremely gratifying. Keep the Music Playing is making a difference by helping to make quality music education a reality for our children.” Continue Reading
Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
The first artists to play the 2013 CMA Music Festival have been announced! The lineup will include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and more artists to be announced soon. The CMA Music Festival takes over downtown Nashville for four days this summer, Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9.
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature music event, which annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised millions of dollars for music education. The event will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special airing later in the summer, shining a national spotlight on both Country Music and Music City.
“What an exciting lineup – and we are just getting started,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Ticket sales are stronger than ever and we are always researching and developing ways to enhance the Festival experience for our attendees and the artists who continue this time-honored tradition of giving back to the fans.” Continue Reading
Dierks Bentley performs for the students at P.S. 103 The Hector Fontanez School in the Bronx neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Sept. 13. The CMA Foundation donated $20,000 to the school's music program as part of its Keep the Music Playing initiative. Photo courtesy of the CMA.
Dierks Bentley paid a visit to the Bronx, New York on Thursday to talk to students at P.S. 103, The Hector Fontanez School, about the importance of music as a form of expression. He also stressed that music can help keep children engaged in school. His visit was part of CMA’s ‘Keep The Music Playing’ program. He met with a group of fourth graders and toured two music rooms.
“CMA’s Keep The Music Playing does so much to enable the future of kids who might not have a hands-on experience with music otherwise,” Dierks said. “I was honored that they asked me to be their ambassador for the day on behalf of all the country music artists who donate their time each year to help this cause. They’ve made a huge dent in the music needs in Nashville, so it was really cool to help expand their mission to one of country music’s top markets like New York City.”
“This program was conceived by our artist community,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore said. “So, it is terrific when our artists are able to visit the schools we support and see firsthand the impact these instruments have on the lives of the students and teachers.” Continue Reading