The 2012 CMA Music Festival promises to bring even more excitement and entertainment to downtown Nashville. With eight stages, this year’s Festival will have more live music than ever before.
“We are so excited to be able to bring our fans more music at this year’s CMA Music Festival,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “With added stages, this year fans will be able to hear music everywhere.”
With so much to do and see at this four-day festival, it takes seven days to get it all in. And the fun begins tonight, Monday June 4!!
CMA Music Festival becomes an international affair with “Chevrolet™ Presents the CMA Global Artist Party,” tonight, beginning at 6:00 PM at The Stage on Broadway. Hosted by Australian husband and wife duo O’Shea, the Global Artist Party will feature performances from a variety of international Country Music artists including Bob Corbett (Australia),Emerson Drive (Canada), Morgan Evans (Australia), Vickie Evans (New Zealand), Adam Harvey (Australia), High Valley (Canada), Lisa McHugh (Ireland) with the legendary Gene Watson (U.S.), Craig Morrison (Australia), Jess Moskaluke (Canada), Gary Quinn (UK), and Joe Robinson (Australia).
On Tuesday, starting at 12:30 PM at The Second Fiddle, Australian artists Adam Harvey will host “CMA Presents the Aristo Global Show.” Artists participating include Baylou (Australia), Clayton Bellamy (Canada), Rick Caballo (Australia), Adam Gregory (Canada), Pete Kennedy (Ireland), Colm Kirwan (Ireland), Josh Macumber (Canada), Raintown (UK), Jessica Ridley (Canada), and Travellin Rose (UK). A free lunch will be offered for attendees.
Reach for the Summit
On Monday and Tuesday, the Third Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association, will take place at The Cannery Ballroom. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies, and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities. With Celebrity Q&A’s by Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, and Dwight Yoakam, programming will focus on the most important issues affecting artists, songwriters, managers, agents, promoters, label executives, music publishers, radio programmers, and all those closely associated with the Country Music business. For information on registration rates for the Third Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, visit countrymusicsummit.com.
Strike Up the Band
On Wednesday, beginning at 11:00 AM, The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade will feature Country Music artists and other celebrities riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet vehicles. With Glen Campbell as the Grand Marshal, other artists participating include Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Jeff Bates, Craig Wayne Boyd, Weston Burt, Craig Campbell, Mark Cooke, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Troy, Ira Dean, Jaida Dreyer, Due West, Tyler Farr, Florida Georgia Line, Flynnville Train, Colt Ford, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Greg Hanna, Amber Hayes, JT Hodges, Rachel Holder, Angie Johnson, Little Big Town, LoCash Cowboys, Rachele Lynae, Manuel, The McClymonts, Lorrie Morgan, Craig Morrison, Chase Rice, Julie Roberts, Marlee Scott, Leah Seawright, Gwen Sebastian, Daniel Smith, Matt Stillwell, Payton Rae, David St. Romain, The Roys, Jason Sturgeon, Trent Tomlinson, Trailer Choir, Rhonda Vincent, and Corey Wagar.
Other participants include the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, BIC® Soleil Sunshine Squad, Carl Black Chevrolet and the Luke Bryan/Eric Church 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, Cooter’s Garage General Lee, GEICO Gecko, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Gnash and the Nashville Predators Dancers and Ice Girls, the Jelly Bean on Tour Bus, the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band, military veterans riding the Music City Trolley, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, a 40×60 foot American flag that will be carried by veterans and representatives of Nashville’s Fire Department, Metro Nashville Police Department Drill and Ceremony Team, Metro Police Mounted Unit, Metro Police Special Operations Boat and SWAT Rescue Truck, Nashville Rollergirls, Nashville Zoo and Twiga (the Zoo’s giraffe mascot), Operation Troop Aid, the Outnumber Hunger Live bus, Travel Channel’s Destination Summer Tour Bus, and more.
Beginning at the corner of 10th Avenue and Broadway, the procession will travel down Broadway and end at Riverfront Park.
Immediately following the parade, the Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party will take place at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Free and open to the public, the concert starts at 12:30 PM with Little Big Town kicking it off followed by Brazilbilly, Eric Lee Beddingfield, and LoCash Cowboys. Angie Johnson will sing the national anthem and Shane Tallant of “Music City 411” will host.
Party the Night Away
“Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam” takes place Wednesday (10:00 PM) at the Ryman Auditorium. Performers for this year’s event include, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Stonewall Jackson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Roger McGuinn, 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Connie Smith & The Sundowners, Wynonna.
A separate ticket is required for the Late Night Jam and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Ryman Auditorium Box Office.
The Fun “Officially” Begins
The 2012 CMA Music Festival officially begins Thursday and continues through Sunday with 450 artists and celebrities, 200 hours of concerts, autograph signings, family activities, interactive exhibits, giveaways, games, and much more.
It’s For the Kids
The artists who participate in CMA Music Festival are not compensated for the hours they spend performing and signing autographs. To show its appreciation, CMA contributes proceeds from the event to the “Keep the Music Playing” program which benefits music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. To date, CMA and the CMA Foundation have contributed more than $6.1 million to this fund to purchase much-needed musical instruments and supplies for students, as well as fund a $1 million endowment for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words and Music” program.
In support of this initiative Jack in the Box® will be selling Jumbo Jack® burgers for $1.00 all weekend long, with proceeds going to support Keep the Music Playing, CMA’s music education initiative. Look for their brand new food truck located at the entrance to the Chevrolet Riverfront Park.
Take Me to the River
CMA Award-winning, multi-Platinum recording duo Montgomery Gentry will kick off four days of concerts at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage beginning Thursday (10:00 AM). The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, located at Riverfront Park, is free and open to the public and will feature many of Country Music’s legends and hottest rising stars over the course of the Festival. Admittance to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free, but four-day ticket holders have an exclusive 45-minute, early-entrance window before the gates open to the general public.
Artists performing at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Wade Bowen, Lee Brice, Laura Bell Bundy, Craig Campbell, Edens Edge, Brett Eldredge, Colt Ford, Gloriana, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Casey James, Jana Kramer, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Tracy Lawrence, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina, Kip Moore, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, Jerrod Niemann, the Oak Ridge Boys, James Otto, Randy Rogers Band, Thomas Rhett, Sawyer Brown, Corey Smith, Sunny Sweeney, THE FARM, Josh Thompson, Mel Tillis, Uncle Kracker, Phil Vassar, James Wesley, and Darryl Worley.
The concerts are hosted by a variety of broadcast personalities including Big D & Bubba, Premiere Radio’s Blair Garner, WSIX’s Billy Greenwood, “CMT Country Countdown’s” Lon Helton, WKDF’s Stew James, WSM-FM’s Jeff Lyon, WSM-FM’s Rick Marino, WKRN’s Neil Orne, CMT’s Samantha Stephens, and WKDF’s Becca Walls.
A Little Night Music
The Nightly Concerts on the LP Field Concert Stage feature the biggest names in Country Music, emerging stars, and surprise guests. Four-day ticket holders can get a front-row shot from the popular Photo Line, which is in constant motion in front of the stage during the performances.
Pre-show activities opening night (7:30 PM) include a Music City welcome from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and the presentation of the Stars and Stripes by the Marines of Recruiting Station Nashville. David Nail will perform the title track of his album The Sound of a Million Dreams with the Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction of Walter Bitner). The Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir will also perform the national anthem. Performers include (performance order, artists and schedule subject to change):
Thursday, June 7
Zac Brown Band
Friday, June 8
The Oak Ridge Boys(national anthem)
The Band Perry
Saturday, June 9
Julie Roberts(national anthem)
Little Big Town
Sunday, June 10
Sarah Darling(national anthem)
In addition, there will be several acts performing acoustic sets each night. Those artists include Lauren Alaina, Bill Anderson, Randy Houser, Love and Theft, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Gwen Sebastian, and Steel Magnolia.
Hosts for the Nightly Concerts include CMT’s Evan Farmer and Melissa Peterman, and GAC’s Storme Warren.
The Nightly Concerts at LP Field feature state-of-the-art production and fireworks at the conclusion of each show.
More Free Music
The Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is always a fan favorite and a great place to check out some of Country’s hottest acts. Artists participating in the daily concerts include Katie Armiger, Frankie Ballard, Mandy Barnett, Greg Bates, Jeff Bates, Big Smo, Blackberry Smoke, Jason Michael Carroll, “Classic Country Show” (featuring Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Janie Fricke, and Gene Watson), The Cleverly’s, Bucky Covington, Jaida Dreyer, Exile, Rose Falcon, Tyler Farr, Josh Gracin, The Hummingbirds, Angie Johnson, Cledus T. Judd, Sonia Leigh, The McClymonts, Robin Meade, Miss Willie Brown, Randy Montana, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Julie Roberts, Canaan Smith, Joanna Smith, Trent Tomlinson, Trailer Choir, Drake White, Mark Wills, and Charlie Worsham.
Hosts for the Bud Light Stage on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza include WUBE’s Chris Carr & Company, WQDR’s Cody Clark, WSM’s Bill Cody, United Radio Network’s Charlie Cook, WGSQ’s Philip Gibbons, KKWF’s Deanna Lee, WYRK’s Clay Moden, WZTV “Tennessee Morning’s” Kelly Sutton, and “Music City 411” host Shane Tallant.
Fans can also check out the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales which will be stabled nearby throughout the Festival.
New at this year’s Festival is The BMI Tailgate Party. Located right off the Cumberland River outside LP Field, the new stage will feature a strong selection of BMI’s songwriters and artists warming up the audience before they enter LP Field for the Nightly Concerts beginning at 4:30 PM.
Performers at The BMI Tailgate Party include Brent Cobb, Florida Georgia Line, Hogslop String Band, Kristen Kelly, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, Chancie Neal, the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson), Mo Pitney, Trent Summar and the New Row Mob, Kenny Vaughan, and the World Famous Headliners (Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp, and Pat McLaughlin).
AT&T U‐verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall
The lifestyle exhibits and autograph booths in the Nashville Convention Center are a traditional favorite. Artists scheduled to sign autographs include legends, today’s hitmakers, and tomorrow’s hopefuls.
The Country Music Association booth in the Fan Fair Hall will host a variety of Country Music artists meeting and signing autographs for their fans. Artists scheduled to sign in this booth include Lauren Alaina, Mandy Barnett, Wade Bowen, Craig Campbell, Billy Dean, Sara Evans, Jack Greene, Randy Houser, Casey James, Brenda Lee, Love and Theft, Scotty McCreery, Miss Willie Brown, Heidi Newfield, and James Otto.
Other performers and celebrities scheduled to appear include Cody Alan, Lisa Albritton, Harold Allen, Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Rose Angelica, Tara Arender, Katie Armiger, Jared Ashley, Sara Avalos, Frankie Ballard, The Band Perry, Christy Barber, Greg Bates, Jeff Bates, Trevor Bayne, Bo Bice, The Black Lillies, Josh Black, Blackberry Smoke, Terry Lee Bolton, Ella Mae Bowen, Craig Wayne Boyd, David Bradley, Lauren Briant, Brother Trouble, Ayla Brown, Lacey Brown, Shawn Brown, T. Graham Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, Jodi & Dale Ann Burden, Chris Cagle, Shawn Camp, Jason Michael Carroll, Carter’s Chord, John Carter, Tommy Cash, Beth Cayhall, Chuck Wagon Gang, Dustin Clark, Bill Cody, Scott Collier, J Collins, Jared Collins, Katie Cook, Kristy Lee Cook, Mark Cooke, Easton Corbin, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Troy, Timothy Craig, Lesia Crig, Nick Cross, Dailey & Vincent, Daniel Lee Band, Sarah Darling, Israel David, Bobby Dean, Jaida Dreyer, Due West, Tim Dugger, Edens Edge, Eli Young Band, McKenna Faith, Donna Fargo, Rachel Farley, Farm Kings, Evan Farmer, Florida Georgia Line, Flynnville Train, Colt Ford, Jimmy Fortune, Morgan Frazier, Janie Fricke, David & Jo Frissell, David Frizzell, Miranda Garner, Jennie Garth, Teddy Gentry, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Gilman, Gloriana, Teea Goans, William Lee Golden, Grand Central, The Grascals, Linda Gray, Adam Gregory, George Hamilton IV, Crissy Harrold, Amber Hayes, Hunter Hayes, Josh Henderson, HER & Kings County, Ty Herndon, Herrick, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Mallary Hope, Josh Housewright, Hubie Hudieashcrast, Con Hunley, Cory Jackson, Buddy Jewell, Joey + Rory, Angie Johnson, Georgette Jones, Sage Keffer, Nan Kelley, Pete Kennedy, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jana Kramer, JJ Lawhorn, Doyle Lawson, Dickey Lee, Jackie Lee, Jesse Lee, Kelcy Lee, Sonia Leigh, Little Big Town, LoCash Cowboys, Lonesome River Band, Lucy Angel, Rachele Lynae, Courtney Lynn, Sherry Lynn, Mitch Malloy, Manuel, Sarah Marince, Kait Marsh, Jake Maurer, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Jordan McCants, The McClymonts, Neal McCoy, Leslie McDaniel, Marty McIntosh, Robin Meade, Ken Mellons, Barry Michael, Alan Miller, DJ Miller, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Montana, Montgomery Gentry, Dave Moody, Moonshine Bandits, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Craig Morgan, Craig Morrison, Mustang Creek, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Oak Ridge Boys, One Night Rodeo, Anthony Oreo, O’Shea, Kimberly Patrick, Danielle Peck, Zach Perkins, Stephanie Quayle, Marty Raybon, David Raye, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Steve Richard, Riders In The Sky, Julie Roberts, Vanessa Rogers, Lulu Roman, Dana Romanello, Maggie Rose, Mich Rosell, The Roys, Dave Russell, Saddlebrook, Cheyenne Saucier, Scarletta, Marlee Scott, Leah Seawright, Gwen Sebastian, Kevin Sharp, Crystal Shawanda, Martin Sims, Jerry Skelton, Canaan Smith, Joanna Smith, David St. Romain, Craig Stephens, Courtney Stewart, Matt Stillwell, Doug Stone, John Stone, Sunny Sweeney, Johnny T, Coy Taylor, Jacy Taylor, Glen Templeton, THE FARM, Trailer Choir, Josh Turner, Two Foot Fred, Donna Ulisse, Underground Stampede, Phil Vassar, Rhonda Vincent, Corey Wagar, Darren Warren, Chad Warrix, Gene Watson, Freddy Weller, Ben Wells, Rachel Wentler, James Wesley, Bryan White, Jesse Keith Whitley, Stephanie Williams, Mark Wills, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Winans, Winfield’s Locket, Joanne Cash Yates, Chris Young, and Nathan Young.
This year, one of the most popular features of the Fan Fair Hall, the Durango® Acoustic Corner, has moved onto the floor of the exhibit hall. Hosted by 650 AM WSM personalities Bill Cody, Joe Limardi, Charlie Mattos, Marcia Campbell, and Eddie Stubbs, the Durango Acoustic Corner opens daily at 11:00 AM and is free for all Fan Fair Hall guests. The performances that take place at the Acoustic Corner will be broadcast live on WSM-AM and WSMOnline.com.
Artists scheduled to perform at the Durango Acoustic Corner include Lynn Anderson, The Black Lillies, T. Graham Brown, Shawn Camp, Jason Michael Carroll, Carter’s Chord, Chuck Wagon Gang, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Dean, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Due West, Jimmy Fortune, Janie Fricke, Teea Goans, The Grascals, Amber Hayes, Con Hunley, Buddy Jewell, Georgette Jones, Lonesome River Band, The McClymonts, Lesley McDaniel, Marty Raybon, Chase Rice, Riders In The Sky, Lulu Roman, Dana Romanello, The Roys, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Gwen Sebastian, Joanna Smith, Doug Stone, Gene Watson, Bryan White, Jesse Keith Whitley, and Mark Wills.
New this year in the Fan Fair Hall is the Wrangler Fashion Show. Taking place on Saturday (1:00 PM-2:00 PM), the Wrangler Fashion show, hosted by GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, will feature Country artists and celebrities modeling the latest styles from Wrangler and Durango. Manuel, an icon of Country couture, will add his distinctive embellishments to a few of the fashions.
Artists participating in the Wrangler Fashion Show include Rachel Holder, Bridgette Tatum, Parmalee, Trent Wilmon, the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders, and many more.
Special mementos and unique fashions can be found in the Fan Fair Hall Marketplace featuring a variety of vendors including The Charleston Soap Company, Dillards for the Reba Brand, HillBilly Brand, Manuel, Mignon’s, and Twisted Sisters Apparel.
Thursday (10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM), Friday and Saturday (9:15 AM and 4:15 PM) fans can catch a screening of a behind the scenes look at the making of Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album, “Welcome to the Fishbowl,” in room 209 of the Fan Fair Hall.
Additionally, on Friday and Saturday, there will be viewings for “Malibu Country” and “Nashville,” two of ABC’s new television series. “Malibu Country” (starring Reba) can be seen at 10:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:45PM; while “Nashville” can be seen at 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:45 PM.
Other exhibitors in the Fan Fair Hall include AT&T U-verse, Average Joe’s Entertainment Group, Big Machine Label Group, Blaster Records, Bud Light, Cabot Cheese, Carhartt, Chevrolet, CMA Music Festival Information Booth, CMT, Cracker Barrel, Cupit Records, Digital Rodeo, Durango, Field & Stream, GAC, Gildan, Jack Daniel’s, the Johnny Cash Museum, Lamon Records, Music City Merchandise, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, NSAI, Poise, Roper, Sprint, TNT, Tootsie’s, the United States Post Office, Warner Music Nashville, and WSM Radio.
Single day tickets to the Fan Fair Hall can be purchased for $25 per ticket, per day; $20 if purchased with a ticket to one of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com/Country-Music-Festival-tickets/artist/1711387). Tickets will also be available at the Nashville Convention Center at the Commerce Street entrance beginning Wednesday, June 6 from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM and Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM as well as at the Box Office.
Hittin’ the Streets
This year The Buckle is where it all comes together. Situated along Broadway between First and Fourth Avenues, The Buckle is where fans come to enjoy activities, games, live entertainment, demonstrations, free samples, autograph signings, and more!
The Buckle Stage will host a variety of performances and activities beginning with concerts presented by ASCAP on Thursday, June 7. Artists scheduled to perform include Hannah Dasher, Kalisa Ewing, JJ Lawhorn, Emily Lynch, Summerlin Road, Brent Wesley, and Channing Wilson.
On Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9 (10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT), ABC returns to the 2012 CMA Fest with the ABC Summer Block Party featuring special appearances by your favorite ABC stars, musical performances, autograph signings, games, giveaways, photos, and much more! Friday only, the ABC Summer Block Party will also feature Nashville’s own Grilled Cheeserie Truck to take care of Fest goers hunger with sandwiches provided and inspired by ABC’s “The Chew.”
The annual YWCA Celebrity Auction will take place on The Buckle Stage on Sunday, June 10 (11:00 AM– 5:00 PM/CT). Hosted by Big Kenny, this annual auction has raised more than $1.5 million to support the services of the YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Center. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on items donated by Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban.
Other things to see and do in The Buckle include cooling off with Blue Bell Ice Cream, check out some Bad Boy Buggies off-road vehicles, get autographs from some of your favorite Country stars at the Carl Black Chevrolet booth, sample jelly beans courtesy of Jelly Belly, see the United States Marines Hummer, win free gas compliments of PEAK performance products, get free samples from Pedigree, and win prizes and get autographs in the Wrangler booth.
Located off of Broadway and Fourth Avenue, Fan Alley will host a variety of activities and exhibits.
Located in Fan Alley, The Chevrolet Roadhouse will be a unique downtown destination where fans can experience, create and share the Country lifestyle. Attendees can check out a variety of Chevrolet vehicles, cool off with refreshing iced tea at the Lipton Tea Bar, and create personalized and sharable digital concert show prints. The Chevrolet Roadhouse stage will feature performances by artists including Weston Burt, Due West, Erin Enderlin, Flynnville Train, Adam Gregory, Amber Hayes, Imaj, Zach Lockwood, Lucy Angel, Rachele Lynae, Josh Mullins, Gary Quinn, Chase Rice, The Roys, Matt Stillwell, and Jason Thomas.
The Lodge in Fan Alley will feature appearances by HGTV, DIY Network, and Travel Channel stars, as well as autograph signings or performances by Country Music artists courtesy of GAC.
The Ultimate Air Dogs, a perennial fan favorite, will be back this year in Fan Alley entertaining attendees with their high-flying athletics. Hosted by former Detroit Tigers 1984 World Series pitcher Matt Wilcox, the Ultimate Air Dogs will compete Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10 at 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM.
The BIC® Soleil Bella® Beach, located in Walk of Fame Park, is the place for sand, songs, and sunny surprises. Festival-goers can enjoy the music from the Soleil Bella Beach Stage while relaxing on the real sand beach. Outdoor lovers can also play a game of volleyball and cool off in a misting tent. Artists performing on the Soleil Bella Beach Stage include Dean Alexander, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Blackjack Billy, Brazilbilly, Brother Trouble, Lacey Brown, Bush Hawg, Jason Cassidy, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, Kristy Lee Cook, Russell Dickerson, Tim Dugger, Donny Fallgatter, Rachel Farley, Morgan Frazier, Matt Gary, The Henningsens, HER & Kings County, Lyndsey Highlander, Rachel Holder, Chris Janson, Lindsay Lawler, Lighter Ray, Levi Lowrey, Mockingbird Sun, Craig Morrison, Mustang Sally Band, Frank Ortega, Aaron Parker, Parmalee, Stephanie Quayle, Michael Ray, Maggie Rose, Marlee Scott, Drew Smith, The Stickers, and Sunny Sweeney.
Hosts for the BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage include radio personality Billy Block, WKDZ’s Bill Booth, Cricket & Jumpin’ Jim Beam of WFFG, Dex & Mo of WUSY, artist Frank Ortega, WPPL’s Jim Quinton, KCYY’s Jeff Roper, and Myla Thomas of WBVR.
Field & Stream will be taking over the eastern bank of the Cumberland River, south of the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge, with activities to interest the outdoorsman.
On Thursday, June 7, from 11:00AM–12:30PM, The Field & Stream Celebrity Total Outdoorsman Challenge will take place. Celebrities will show off their skills in shooting, fly fishing, and archery. Celebrities scheduled to participate include Ty Brown, Lucas Hoge, Julie Ingram, Matt Kennon, Zach Lockwood, Jason Sturgeon, Chick Wicks, Mark Wills, and Trent Wilmon.
On Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM/CT, The Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Reality Challenge qualifiers will take place.
On Saturday, beginning at 9:00 AM, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge will take place at Greer Stadium (534 Chestnut Street). A separate ticket is required and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Artists and celebrities scheduled to participate include Lauren Alaina, Dave Ball, Greg Bates, Ty Brown, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Eric Decker, Whitney Duncan, Brantley Gilbert, Vince Gill, Billy Gilman, Michael Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Rachel Holder, Mallary Hope, Jessie James, Kristen Kelly, Karl Klug, LoCash Cowboys, Jake Locker, Scotty McCreery, Robin Meade, David Nail, James Otto, RaeLynn, Chase Rice, Shane Tallant, Two Foot Fred, Carrie Underwood, and Chuck Wicks. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.
The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Fan Social Presented by CMT is a treasure hunter’s dream with prizes hidden throughout the CMA Music Festival downtown footprint. By following CMA, CMT, and Fan Social artists’ news feeds and tweets, fans gain access to clues which will lead them to redeemable prize vouchers as well as automatic entry to the event. This year’s CMA Fan Social presented by CMT will feature performances by Kix Brooks, Casey James, Aaron Lewis, Love and Theft, and Sunny Sweeney. Artists will also participate in Q&A sessions and autograph signings.
The popular “Catch a Chevy” program has returned to the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Festival attendees can flag down one of the specially wrapped 2012 Malibu Ecos for a free lift around the Festival footprint.
In addition to catching a Chevy, there is access to free shuttles at major CMA Music Festival event sites for all four-day ticket holders. Downtown shuttles run daily on a continuous loop. Handicapped-accessible shuttle buses are available with attendants to offer assistance.
A limited amount of on-site pay parking will be available nightly at LP Field in Lots E & F, just across the Woodland Street Bridge. This parking option is available for purchase on-site on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the following information:
- On-Site Pay Parking Fee is $15 per day/show, per vehicle (cash only)
- Lot E open daily Thursday-Sunday at 8:00 AM.
- Lot F open Thursday-Friday at 5:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday at 8:00 AM
- Additional lots may become available on a nightly basis. Attendants will direct traffic to available lots.
- All vehicles must be off LP Field grounds two hours after the nightly shows end.
- Overnight parking is not permitted.
Ample paid surface lots and parking garages are also available in downtown Nashville, conveniently accessible to LP Field via the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.
CMA Music Festival attendees can take home a little piece of the event with merchandise purchased at this year’s Festival.
The official CMA Music Festival product line will be available onsite through Music City Merchandise. Booths will be set up at the Fan Fair Hall, Chevrolet Riverfront Park, The Buckle, Fan Alley, LP Field, and the Bridgestone Arena. Merchandise is subject to availability. CMA Music Festival stores and store locations are subject to change without notice. For complete merchandise information, or to order online, visit www.CMAfest.com.
Information booths will be located throughout the Festival footprint to provide fans with up-to-date news and schedules. The locations and hours of operation are:
- Fan Fair Hall – Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
- Bridgestone Arena – Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Thursday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM, and Saturday through Sunday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
- Chevrolet Riverfront – Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Thursday from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, and Sunday from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
- BIC Soleil Bella Beach – Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
- Fan Alley – Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
2012 Ticket Packages Still Available
Four-day tickets to CMA Music Festival, which includes all four Nightly Concerts at LP Field and daily access to the Fan Fair® Exhibit Hall, can be purchased through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800) 745-3000. They can also purchase them through CMAfest.com or 1-(800)-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts.