2014 CMA Music Festival is Here!

2014 CMA Music Festival is Here!

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience Takes Place This Week in Music City

NASHVILLE – The 2014 CMA Music Festival promises to be the biggest and most exciting event to hit downtown Nashville. With 11 stages and more artists and activities than ever before, this year’s Festival will thrill and excite the fans. Officially running Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, 2014 CMA Music Festival is an event with attendees traveling from all 50 states as well as 24 foreign countries with 450 artists and celebrities participating.

“We are so proud to present the 2014 CMA Music Festival to the fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The sheer volume and level of talent and activities this year will offer the best Festival experience to date.”

With so much to do and see at this four-day event, it takes a few extra days to get it all in. And the fun begins tonight!

Worldwide Appeal
International Country artists from around the world make the pilgrimage to Music City to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free showcase featuring international Country Music artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the U.K. on Monday, June 2 (6:00-11:15 PM/CT) in downtown Nashville. The CMA World GlobaLive! Stage will be located at the corner of First Avenue and Broadway.

“Each of these acts has already achieved a high degree of momentum and success abroad,” said Trahern. “They are performers that we think are capable of attracting industry attention.”

CMA World GlobaLive!, which began in 2004 as the Global Artist Party, serves as a showcase for overseas talent during the Festival. Each year, the concert attracted standing-room-only crowds of enthusiastic fans, which prompted CMA to move the event from a club setting to a larger outdoor stage.

Artists performing during CMA World GlobaLive! include Jaida Dreyer,who was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in Canada; Canadian super group Emerson Drive; Kira Isabella, the reigning Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year; Kaylens Rain, who was recently named CRA winner by radio station professionals in Australia; Wes Mack, the Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Winner; One More Girl, a Canadian duo (sisters Britt and Carly McKillip), who have an impressive touring schedule; Australian duo and host of an Australian TV show on CMC, O’Shea; David Park, a native of Sweden who has earned the nickname of “Banjo Man”; Jared Porter, the reigning winner of the nationwide Star Maker talent search in Australia; Cameron Scott, the New Zealand Horizon Award winner; Dallas Smith, previous frontman of rock group Default before he made the transition from rock to Country; and Tamara Stewart, the recent winner of a Country Music Australia (CMAA) Golden Guitar. U.K. artist David Bradley will host both the CMA World GlobaLive! and the international portion of the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off concerts.

Ready For Kick-Off
The 2014 CMA Music Festival will kick off in rockin’ style with the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert on the Chevrolet® Riverfront Stage. The free event takes place Wednesday, June 4 (11:00 AM-4:30 PM/CT; gates open at 10:00 AM/CT), the day before the official start of CMA Music Festival.

The 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert features eight diverse acts including four international artists: Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, and Small Town Pistols from Canada, and Morgan Evans from Australia. Rounding out the lineup are honky-tonk traditionalists Brazilbilly; Shooter Jennings performing with Waymore’s Outlaws, his father Waylon Jennings’ touring and studio backing band; three time Grammy-nominated bluegrass ensemble The Grascals; and Southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band.

Party the Night Away
“Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam” takes place Wednesday, June 4 (10:00 PM/CT) at the Ryman Auditorium. Performers for this year’s event include, Sam Moore, LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith. A separate ticket is required for the Late Night Jam and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Ryman Auditorium Box Office.

The Fun “Officially” Begins
The 2014 CMA Music Festival officially begins Thursday, June 5 and continues through Sunday, June 8 with more than 450 artists and celebrities, concerts, autograph signings, family activities, interactive exhibits, giveaways, games, and much more.

Artist of the Day LeAnn Rimes will kick things off Thursday, June 5 (9:30 AM/CT).The CMA Award-winning singer will cut the ribbon, officially opening AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X. Following the ribbon cutting, Rimes will perform and answer questions on the CMA Close Up Stage before signing autographs at CMA Central, CMA’s autograph hub in the center of all the Fan Fair X action.

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 CMA Foundation for the Keep the Music Playing music education campaign. To date, CMA and The CMA Foundation have contributed more than $9 million to fund this important initiative.

Take Me to the River
Big & Rich
will arrive in style to officially open the gates to admit fans to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Thursday, June 5. The enormously popular duo will officially kick off the Festival when they then take the stage (10:00 AM/CT). This will mark the first time the duo will hit the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage together, setting the pace for the music-filled days to follow.

The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, located at Riverfront Park, is free and open to the public and will feature Country Music legends and some of the 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.

Performers scheduled to hit the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Frankie Ballard, Big & Rich, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Craig Campbell, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Uncle Kracker, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Charlie Worsham, and Wynonna & The Big Noise.

The concerts are hosted by a variety of broadcast personalities and guest artists including Big D & Bubba, WSM’s Bill Cody, Cowboy Troy, Joe Denim, WGSQ’s Philip Gibbons, Great American Country’s Nan Kelly, WKRN’s Neil Orne, and Adam Wurtzel.

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 (7:00 PM/CT) 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. The W.O. Smith Music School Choir, directed by Lynn Adelman, from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which is a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education program, will perform the national anthem.

Performers include (artists and schedule subject to change):

Thursday, June 5: Alabama, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, and Tim McGraw

Friday, June 6: Travis Tritt, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton

Saturday, June 7: Sara Evans, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban

Sunday, June 8: Charlie Daniels Band, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley

The Nightly Concerts will be hosted by Clear Channel’s Cody Alan, Bobby Bones, Crook & Chase, and Steve Gorman on Thursday; personalities from the Scripps Networks including Dan and Pete King (“Farm Kings”), Drew and Jonathan Scott (“Property Brothers”), Amie and Joelie Sikes (“Junk Gypsies”), and GAC’s Storme Warren will host on Friday; CMT’s Cody Alan, Alecia Davis, and Katie Cook host Saturday; and Cumulus’ Nash Nights Live team of Shawn and Eliana plus Erica Grace Powell from America’s Morning Show host Sunday. Performing the national anthem each night will be  Danielle Bradbery, Home Free, and The Oak Ridge Boys (subject to change).

Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza
With more than 50 artists confirmed, the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza will be rockin’ with an eclectic mix of back-to-back free concerts from 10:30 AM-5:00 PM/CT each day (artists and schedule subject to change).

Artists performing on the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza include: Lauren Alaina, Keith Anderson, Katie Armiger, Kelleigh Bannen, Jeff Bates, Big Smo, BlackHawk, Brothers Osborne, Mark Collie, Bucky Covington, Joel Crouse, Sarah Darling, Clare Dunn, Morgan Frazier, JT Hodges, Will Hoge, Home Free, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Joshua Scott Jones, Krystal Keith, Meghan Linsey, Robin Meade, Granger Smith, Jamie Lynn Spears, Chris Stapleton, Striking Matches, Sundy Best, The Henningsens, Trick Pony, Leah Turner, Aaron Watson, Austin Webb, Drake White, Chuck Wicks, and Holly Williams.

With numerous stages and many free lifestyle exhibits to explore throughout the Festival footprint in Nashville, CMA Music Festival is a great, family-friendly entertainment value. The concerts at the Bud Light Stage are free, fun in the sun and within easy walking distance of all the Festival event sites.

Walk of Fame Park featuring the Samsung Galaxy Stage
New in 2014, Samsung presents the Samsung Galaxy Stage in Walk of Fame Park, where fans can experience great music and activities.

Artists participating in the daily concerts include (artists and schedule subject to change): Robby Armstrong, Rob Baird, Ty Bates, Dakota Bradley, David Bradley, Laura Bell Bundy, Cam, Brandon Chase, Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister, Heath Haynes & the High Dollars, Sam Hollyman, Jukebox Mafia, John Karl, Ryan Kinder, John King, Jenny Leigh, Cheryl LuQuire, Rachele Lynae, Brian Milson, Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Danielle Peck, Pierce Avenue, Stephanie Quayle, Raven Cliff, Julie Roberts, Gwen Sebastian, Canaan Smith, Phoenix Stone, The Brothers Road, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, The Railers, The Stickers, Chad Warrix, Ryan Weaver, Jesse Keith Whitley, and Zane Williams.

Walk of Fame Park is located on Demonbreun between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. The park is free and open to the public from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM/CT on Sunday, June 8.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Experience and Samsung Galaxy Owner’s Lounge on the festival grounds will provide attendees with a place to escape the heat and check out the brand’s latest offerings including Samsung’s new, free music streaming service, Milk Music™ available exclusively to owners of select Galaxy devices, and the new Galaxy S® 5, Gear Fit and Gear 2.

Located on the general admission grounds right next to The Samsung Galaxy Stage, the Samsung Galaxy Experience will be open to all festival goers offering guests a variety of interactive experiences that showcased Samsung products. Concert goers who have a Samsung Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4 or Galaxy S® III will be able to swap out their low or dead battery at the Galaxy Experience for a new freshly charged one or create complimentary custom guitar picks, bandanas, T-shirts and tank-tops using a Samsung device. The Samsung Galaxy Owner’s Lounge will be open exclusively to Galaxy device owners and located in the Festival’s VIP hospitality area for the ultimate upgraded CMA Music Festival experience.

Eats ‘n’ Beats
Located on Fifth Avenue near the corner of Demonbreun and the entrance to Fan Fair X, fans can fuel up at Eats ‘n’ Beats. Eats ‘n’ Beats is an area dedicated to food trucks with multiple venders representing the best in local flavor of a diverse variety. Eats ‘n’ Beats area is free and open to the public from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM/CT on Sunday, June 8.

The Buckle
Covering three bustling blocks of Broadway, legions of dedicated fans know that The Buckle is where the excitement and thrills of CMA Music Festival come together. The Buckle Stage will host a variety of free performances and activities beginning with concerts presented by ASCAP on Thursday, June 5 and Sunday, June 8 (11:00 AM–4:30 PM/CT).

ASCAP songwriter artists include (artists and schedule subject to change): Carlton Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Bonner Black, Misty Rae Carson, Karli Chayne, Steven Clawson, Courtney Cole, Hannah Dasher, Jacob Davis, GirlBilly, Ryan Griffin, Curtis Grimes, Adam Hambrick, Brett Kissell, Ryan Lafferty, Brandon Lay, Josh London, Daisy Mallory, Michaelis, Oklahoma, Carly Pearce, David Ray, Jameson Rodgers, Smithfield, Walker County, and Hailey Whitters.

On Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7 (10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT), the ABC Television Network returns to the CMA Music Festival with the ABC Summer Block Party with special appearances by ABC fan favorites, musical performances, games, photos, free giveaways, and much more! ABC personalities making appearances and signing autographs include: Andi Dorfman (“The Bachelorette”), Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne on “Nashville”), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley on “Nashville”), Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake on “General Hospital”), and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos on “General Hospital”).

The Buckle is located on Broadway from First to Fourth Avenues. The area is open to the public from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM/CT on Sunday, June 8.

Fan Alley
If CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience, then Fan Alley is where that experience gets cranked up to the maximum level! Fan Alley welcomes its namesake (the fans!) into a warm community where memories will be shared and friendships made.

The Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage in Fan Alley features concerts with Country Music’s best rising talent from noon–3:00 PM/CT each day.

Performers (alphabetical order; artists and schedule subject to change) include: Baillie and the Boys, Erica Lee Bedingfield, Brinn Black, Cast of “Crazy Hearts Nashville,” Cerrito, Brian Collins, Jaida Dreyer, Jordan Grassi, Marty Haggard, Lyndsey Highlander, Rachel Holder, Angie Johnson, Arabella Jones, Stevens Layne, Matt Mason, Walker McGuire, Randy Montana, Music City Doughboys, Aaron Parker, Jacob Powell, Brent Rupard, Lizzie Sider, The Danberrys, and Whiskey Rose.

Fan Alley is located in front of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Fourth Avenue South. The area is open from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM/CT Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM/CT on Sunday, June 8.

BMI Tailgate Party
Returning to the CMA Music Festival for the third time is the BMI Tailgate Party. Located right off the Cumberland River outside LP Field, the 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/CT daily.

Performers (artists and schedule subject to change) include: A Thousand Horses, Blackjack Billy, Chase Bryant, Adam Craig, DJ Du, Brett Eldredge, David Fanning, Sara Haze, Chris Lane, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Michael Ray, Josh Thompson, and Whiskey Jam.

X marks the coolest daytime spot for Nashville’s “signature” event in the AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, a marketplace, interviews with the stars, demonstrations, and much more inside the Music City Center.

Each morning during the Festival, a different Artist of the Day will take to the CMA Close Up Stage to kick off the day’s events (10:15–11:00 AM/CT). Opening day will feature LeAnn Rimes discussing her new VH1 TV show that will be shown in the CMA Screening Room. Friday’s Artist of the Day will be Sara Evans,who will be joined by longtime video director Peter Zavadil, as they discuss her career and share an insider look at her video highlights. Craig Morgan is planning a military themed program as Saturday’s Artist of the Day. The program will include reserved seating for military and their families, along with a special acoustic performance with songs from his recently released CD The Journey, a military highlight reel, and a Moon Pie giveaway. Lady Antebellum will give a special Artist of the Day performance on Sunday.

Another artist making a CMA Close Up Stage appearance in 2014 is Kix Brooks, who will present his American Country Countdown radio program from Fan Fair X on Saturday, June 7 (11:15 AM/CT) with special guests. Brooks is also donating a package from his Arrington Vineyards winery as part of the Keep the Music Playing Silent Auction in Fan Fair X, which benefits music education and features more than 100 items including autographed merchandise and meet and greets with the stars.

On Thursday, June 5 (noon), fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Billy Ray Cyrus will preview his upcoming film “Like A Country Song” in the CMA Screening Room. More than 200 lucky fans will join Cyrus for the exclusive screening, after which he and other cast members will take to the CMA Close Up Stage for a question and answer session. On Saturday, June 7 Cyrus will be signing autographs in CMA Central.

Nashville’s hit tunesmiths will be featured on the CMA Close Up Stage via the SESAC Songwriters Series, which will present shows on Thursday, June 5 (12:30 PM/CT) and Sunday, June 8 (1:00 PM/CT and 1:45 PM/CT). The Thursday show will feature Craig Campbell, Rob Hatch (who penned “Goodnight Kiss” performed by Randy Houser), Jim Lauderdale, and Lance Miller (who penned “Drink to That All Night” performed by Jerrod Niemann). The first show Saturday will present Curb recording duo American Young and the second will feature John and Jacob.

On Sunday, June 8 (4:15 PM/CT), Mark Collie will be part of a panel on the CMA Close Up Stage that includes filmmaker Ken Mandel, former warden David Mills, and chaplain Dean Yancey from Collie’s documentary “The Mountain,” which will be showing in the CMA Screening Room (2:00 PM/CT). Collie will perform a song written for the movie and answer questions regarding the film that revisits the real life prisoners and people who inspired his acclaimed album Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

On Friday, June 6 (1:00 PM/CT) professional bull riders Reese Cates and Cory Rasch will talk about what it takes to go up against opponents 10 times their size. It’s not if a rider will get hurt, but when. These two cowboys will discuss injuries, daily routines and their lives as bull riders. Fans can also take their shot at lasting eight seconds on a mechanical bull located at the Professional Bull Riders booth.

AT&T U-verse® Showcase Stage
This marks the third year that AT&T U-verse® has been the title sponsor of Fan Fair X. Showcasing some of the best up-and-coming BMI songwriters, rising stars, and legends in Nashville, the AT&T U-verse® Showcase Stage will be the place to discover new talent and see longtime favorites. Performing (in alphabetical order; all artists are subject to change) are Justin Adams, Ruth Collins, Kayla Conn, Josh Dorr, Emily Earle, Brooke Eden, Skylar Elise, Crystal Gayle, Haley & Michaels, Levi Hummon, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Band, Sonia Leigh, Elizabeth Lyons, MamaDear, Nu-Blu, Danika Portz,  RaeLynn, Sophie Rose, Gracie Schram, Cole Taylor, The Muddy Magnolias, The Shuggah Pies, and James Wesley. Making appearances will be Charlie Daniels, Dan + Shay, Sarah Darling, Jana Kramer, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more.

Fans will also be able to experience AT&T U-verse TV, the exclusive home of Country Deep™. Country Deep is an interactive TV app that brings fans closer to the Country artists they love, offering exclusive Country Music content including music videos, live performances and artist interviews. More info is available at uverse.com/CountryDeep and @CountryDeepTV.

Durango Music Spot
A perennial favorite with attendees, the Durango Music Spot will bustle all four days with music from Festival favorites including (artists and schedule subject to change): Lynn Anderson, Roo Arcus, Taylor Baker, David Ball, Mandy Barnett, Blue Mother Tupelo, T. Graham Brown, Shawn Camp, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Band, Jimmy Fortune, Kenny Foster, Teea Goans, Amber Hayes, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, James House, Rob Ickes with Trey Hensley and friends, Buddy Jewell, Kelly Lang, Bobby Marquez, Lisa Matassa, Lesley McDaniel, Moore & Moore, Vince Moreno, Mac Powell, Lulu Roman, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Jeannie Seely, Ashton Shepherd, TG Sheppard, Daryle Singletary, Ray Stevens, Doug Stone, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Payton Taylor, The Roys, Mark Wills, and Billy Yates.

The Durango Music Spot operates Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM/CT). The stage is hosted by and broadcast live on 650 AM WSM, WSMOnline.com, and the 650 AM WSM Official Mobile App.

Get On The Bus
Located inside the Music City Center and Fan Fair X for the duration of the Festival will be the tour busses of two Country Music legends offering fans a glimpse into life on the road for Kix Brooks and Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The Mandrell bus was used on her final tour when she announced her retirement. Plus, Dierks Bentley’s truck, known as “Big White,” which was featured in the lyrics and video of his No. 1 song “I Hold On,” will be on display in Fan Fair X.

Throughout the Festival, Sports Challenge Network will have bowling lanes set up for tournaments and exhibitions inside Fan Fair X where celebrities, professional bowlers, and fans will be encouraged to try their hand in mini-tournaments and challenges. Making appearances inside Fan Fair X to play against select winners are George Ducas, Lindsay Ell, Joshua Scott Jones, Lonestar, Natalie Stovall & The Drive, David Shelby, Lizzie Sider, The Henningsens, Trent Tomlinson, Trick Pony, and Mark Wills.

Sign Me Up
Some of the artists who will be making appearances inside Fan Fair X include: Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, Charles Esten from ABC’s “Nashville,”Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Kree Harrison, Brenda Lee, Little Big Town, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, David Nail, Jamie O’Neal, Parmalee,Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Jep and Jessica Robertson, and Justin Martin from “Duck Dynasty,” Ricky Skaggs, The Band Perry, The Mavericks, The Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Trick Pony, Chuck Wicks, Wynonna, Chris Young, and more.

CMA’s longtime partner Chevrolet, the Official Ride of Country Music, will also have artists signing in their Fan Fair X booth including Chelsea Bain, Jaida Dryer, George Ducas, Lucas Hoge, LoCash Cowboys, Small Town Pistols, Smithfield, The Roys, Trent Tomlinson, Austin Webb, and more.

See it Here First!
This year Fan Fair X will feature the CMA Screening Room, which will allow fans to experience exclusive previews of films by and featuring their favorite artists, as well as programming from ABC, A&E, and VH1. In addition to the screenings of the Billy Ray Cyrus film and Mark Collie documentary, A&E will be previewing an episode of their new series “Big Smo,” which follows the life of Warner Brothers Recording Artist Big Smo on his journey as a larger-than-life Country rapper taking his unique musical style to new heights with the support of his family and lifelong friends.

The ABC Television Network will present fans with the opportunity to watch ABC shows before they premiere on TV. And another “first look” opportunity will occur as fans of LeAnn Rimes get to watch an episode of VH1’s “LeAnn & Eddie,” a satirical look at the lives of a celebrity couple.

Something for the Kids
Back in 2014 are special activities in Fair Fair X just for children and families. Kid-friendly activities include inflatable bounce houses; face painting and balloon artists; the Nashville Symphony instrument petting zoo with mini lessons by Nashville Symphony members; a music recording studio experience from Notes for Notes, a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing program; arts and crafts provided by JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores; the Nashville Public Library and Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Truck will present “The Frog Prince” each day; and Now Playing Nashville will provide various family friendly activities like cornhole, hula hoops, and hopscotch.

Kidde Fire Safety, a global leader in home fire safety products, invites Country Music fans to celebrate their own “unsung heroes” with fun activities promoting home safety including a chance to score giveaways from Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” which will be in theaters on July 18, and meet fire safety advocates and artists.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, through its partnership with Disney, which is made possible through The CMA Foundation’s Keep The Music Playing initiative, will present a Disney Musical Mash-Up, where children take part in a Karaoke-style, sing-along using costumes, songs, and props from their favorite Disney feature films. There will also be a Make a Mini-Musical area where children recreate a scene from Disney’s “Aladdin.” The interactive program includes a warm-up activity led by professional artists on key elements of musical theatre, including singing cues and choreography. Each participant receives a keepsake script of the scene courtesy of Disney Theatrical Group and Music Theatre International.

Entertainment Value
Fan Fair X is free to all CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders. If you do not have a four-day Festival ticket, CMA is making tickets available to Fan Fair X  for $10 a day; or $25 for a four-day pass. CHILDREN 8 AND UNDER ARE FREE. Tickets are available onsite and in advance through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit CMAfest.com for details.

Rise and Shine
This year will see the launch of the Great American Country Breakfast Series. The first-of-its-kind morning concert series, hosted by social media maven and creator of #CMchat, Jessica Northey, takes place inside the Music City Center. Daily lineups for the Great American Country Breakfast Series include:

Thursday, June 5: Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch, and Neal McCoy

Friday, June 6: Native Run, Brothers Osborne, Corey Smith, and Scotty McCreery

Saturday, June 7: Natalie Stovall and The Drive, The Henningsens, Laura Bell Bundy, and RaeLynn

Sunday, June 8: Rose Falcon, Leah Turner, Jamie O’Neal, and Kristian Bush

With daily Great American Country Breakfast series shows capped at only 250 guests per day, the Thursday show is already sold out. Limited ticket quantities remain for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows. Tickets are priced $50 each per day, and include: all-star performances, buffet-style breakfast with assorted beverages, autographed photos, ticket to a photo meet-and-greet with the daily performers, and special gifts from Great American Country.

Attendees gain early admittance to the Music City Center, with doors opening for the Great American Breakfast Series daily at 7:15 AM/CT, followed by the performance program from 8:00-10:00 AM/CT, and the photo meet-and-greets immediately thereafter.

For information about the Great American Country Breakfast Series, including details on how to order tickets to these exclusive, intimate events, visit GACTV.com/breakfast.

Play Ball
On Saturday, June 7 (9:00 AM/CT), 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, Danielle Bradbery, Sarah Darling, Dee Jay Silver, Lindsay Ell, Sara Evans, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Kree Harrison, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Chase Rice, Jamie Lynn Spears, Alison Sweeney, Chuck Wicks,and more. For more information, visit cityofhope.org.

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 inside/outside AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X at Music City Center, Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, 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 CMAfest.com.

ABC Television Special
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town return for the second year to host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

This is the 11th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

The Aug. 12, 2013 airing of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (8.3 million and 2.0/6) dominated its three-hour time period, beating CBS (6.1 million and 1.5/4) by wide margins in viewers (+36 percent) and young adults (+33 percent). The “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” spiked over 2012’s telecast (5.7 million and 1.5/4 on 9/17/12) by 46 percent in viewers and by 33 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, the 2013 special drew the biggest-ever audience on ABC and equaled a seven-year high in Adults 18-49 (since 2006). ABC began airing the annual program in 2005 and will be the network home of the special through 2021.

2015 CMA Music Festival Tickets
The 2015 CMA Music Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in downtown Nashville. Tickets for 2015 CMA Music Festival are on sale now. To order tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). To purchase tickets online, visit CMAfest.com or ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.

Up-to-the-Minute Information
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, and also connecting with CMA at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, by texting FESTIVAL to 66937 (message & data rates may apply), or by subscribing to the free CMA Exclusive enews.

Fans can also download the CMA Music Festival app presented by AT&T U-verse® for iPhone or Android. The app is the ultimate fan survival guide that allows anyone to customize their experience. Fans can pick and choose the artists and stages they want to see and add them to their very own customized schedule. Plus, the app has information about other attractions, events, and food and retail opportunities that are available at CMA Music Festival. The app connects fans via their favorite social platform (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and includes maps of the entire Festival footprint, Fan Fair X, and shows LP Field seating and parking.

Nightly Parking
A limited amount of on-site pay parking will be available nightly at LP Field in Lots E, F, and N. Lots E and F are on the north side of the Stadium on Woodland Street. Lot N is on the North Side of the Stadium at the corner of Shelby Street and South Second Street. This parking option is available for purchase on-site on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the following:

  • On-Site Pay Parking Fee is $20 per day for all day, per vehicle (cash only)
  • Lot E and N open daily Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8 at 8:00 AM/CT
  • Lot F open Thursday-Friday, June 5-6 at 5:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8 at 8:00 AM/CT
  • 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
  • ADA and ADA van accessible parking will be available for $20 in Lot A

See Something, Say Something
At CMA Music Festival, the safety of attendees, artists, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance. Therefore, CMA will be utilizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” program. This raises public awareness and encourages everyone to report suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. All in attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and situations and are encouraged to call the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at (615) 880-1515. The number will be active Thursday, June 5 (8:00 AM/CT) through the end of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Sunday, June 8. Visit CMAfest.com for more information.