CMA Music Festival
June 5-8, 2014
Every summer, thousands of country music fans from all over the world move in to Nashville for four days to experience CMA Music Festival - four days of music from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, and more.
Nightly Concert Lineup Announced!
Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, and Zac Brown Band will play Nightly Concerts at LP Field June 5-8, 2014!
It's The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience!
Fan Fair X (FFX) is filled to the roof with Artist-Fan Connections, Performance Stages, Fan Fair History Walk, Shopping, Daily Entertainment, and Artist and Country Artifacts. Fan Fair X admission is inluded with all CMA Music Festival 4-day tickets, $10 a day, or $25 for four days. Check out cmafest.com for details on autograph signings this year.
The stars come out at night. Each night, LP Field lights up with Nightly Concerts from some of your favorite artists.
Thursday: Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw
Friday: Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry
Saturday: Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Little Big Town
Sunday: Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown Band
Free music at Riverfront Park plays each day, all day, leading up to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Sara Evans, Mark Chesnutt, Blackberry Smoke, Gloriana, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Love and Theft, Keith Anderson, Jo Dee Messina, Darryl Worley, David Nail, The Grascals, Jerrod Niemann, Sunny Sweeney, Colt Ford, Lonestar, Ronnie Milsap, Gretchen Wilson, and others performed at thee 2013 event. Stay tuned for the 2014 lineup!
There is so much FREE music at CMA Music Festival, you don't even need a ticket to catch some great concerts! Multiple stages offer free live music in the outdoor footprint of CMA Music Festival. Stars like Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Jerrod Niemann, Lonestar, Gretchen Wilson, Dailey & Vincent, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, Randy Montana, Chuck Wicks, Marshall Tucker Band, Holly Williams, The Cleverlys, Julie Roberts, Cowboy Troy, Trent Willmon, and Striking Matches were just some of the artists that played free concerts in 2013. Stay tuned to find out who's playing 2014.
Step out of the heat and into the air-conditioning. The Nashville Visitor Center, inside the Bridgestone Arena, hosts free live music through the Festival, June 5-8. Abigail Rose, Les Kerr, The Roys, Brittini Black, and Lucas Hoge performed at the Nashville Visitor Center in 2013. Step inside, cool off, listen to the free live music, and do a little Music City shopping!
Events Around Town
Come early and stay late. Music City has lots going on before, during, and after the Fest. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is typically busy with happenings all week and weekend long, the Grand Ole Opry features your favorite stars, the annual Kick-Off Parade and Block Party increase the excitement, the CMT Awards honor the stars, Marty Stuart plays a Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium, and celebrities step to the plate at the annual Celebrity Softball Challenge. Check back for details and dates of these events and more.
- CMA World GlobaLive Concert @ Lower Broadway - Monday, June 2
- Stars for Second Harvest Concert: Craig Wiseman, Florida Georgia Line & Friends @ Ryman Auditorium - Tuesday, June 3
- Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam @ Ryman Auditorium - Wednesday, June 4
- City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge @ Greer Stadium - Saturday, June 7
Did You Know?
- The 2012 festival brought 71,000 fans from all 50 states and 24 countries to Nashville to see 450 artists perform for more than 200 hours of concerts.
- The first CMA Music Festival was called Fan Fair in 1972 and brought 5,000 fans to Municipal Auditorium. Roy Acuff, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb and others performed.
- The 1974 Fan Fair saw the last performance together of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
- What is now the Celebrity Softball Tournament began in 1975 as the Fan Fair Softball Tournament.
- Fan Fair moved to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in 1982.
- In 1996, Garth Brooks signed autographs for 23 hours with no breaks!
- Waylon Jennings' final Fan Fair appearance was in 1999.
- In 2001, Fan Fair moves to downtown Nashville.
- Fan Fair became CMA Music Festival in 2004.
- The now annual Kick-Off Parade and Block Party began in 2005.
- Artists that perform at CMA Music Festival do so free of charge. Proceeds from the event benefit Keep the Music Playing, funding school music programs. $7.6 million has been donated to date.