The 2011 CMA Music Festival promises to bring even more excitement and entertainment to downtown Nashville.
Country Music icon Dolly Parton will sign autographs on Saturday at Noon, for a limited number of lucky winners in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Parton, who hasn’t signed autographs at the event since the mid 1970s, wanted to do something special for fans in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Fan Fair.
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!
CMA Music Festival becomes an international affair with “Chevrolet(tm) Presents the CMA Global Artist Party,” tonight, beginning at 6:30 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 Kaylee Bell (New Zealand), Dean Brody (Canada), Chad Brownlee (Canada), Diana Corcoran (Australia), Luke Dickens (Australia), Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), McAlister Kemp (Australia), Raintown (United Kingdom), and Marlee Scott (Canada).
On Tuesday, starting at 12:00 PM at The Second Fiddle, Australian sister trio The McClymonts will host the AristoMedia Global Showcase, sponsored by Aristomedia, CMA, The Second Fiddle, Billboard, and Four Seasons Coach Leasing. Artists participating include High Valley (Canada), Brett Kissel (Canada), Ryan Laird (Canada), Mike & Ashley (New Zealand), Craig Morrison (Australia), Six West (Canada), Springfield (Australia), and Steve & Heather (France). A free lunch will be offered for attendees.
Reach for the Summit
On Monday and Tuesday, the Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association, will take place. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies, and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities. 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 Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, visit countrymusicsummit.com.
Strike Up the Band
On Wednesday, beginning at 11:00 AM, “The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” will feature Country Music artists and other celebrities riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet vehicles. With Bill Anderson and the Oak Ridge Boys as the Grand Marshals, other artists participating include Deborah Allen, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Sherrie Austin, Bo Bice, Bomshel, Ash Bowers, Crystal Bowersox, Lee Brice, Carter Twins, Carter’s Chord, Dailey & Vincent, Sarah Darling, Billy Dean, The Dirt Drifters, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr, Ashley Gearing, Andy Griggs, The Harters, Walker Hayes, Her & Kings County, Ty Herndon, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Buddy Jewell, Jason Jones, LoCash Cowboys, Lunabelles, Miss Willie Brown, The Roys, Daryle Singletary, Stealing Angels, Josh Thompson, Tiffany, Rhonda Vincent, and Mark Wills.
Other participants include the Big Brother Big Sisters Team Rio float; the Big Machine Rascal Flatts Camaro built by West Coast Customs; world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee; the new 2012 Camaro convertible; the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge vehicle; the CMT Marching Band and their mobile mascot; the Davidson County Sheriff Department; the GAC tour bus; the Geico Gecko; the Gildan stilt walker; Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; more than 250 Harley Davidson motorcycles from the Harley Davidson HOG Rock, Rhythm and Blues Tour; the debut of the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band; the Metro Nashville Police Department; Music City Drum & Bugle Corps; the Nashville Fire Department and their color guard; the Nashville Predators Dancers and mascot, Gnash; the Nashville Rollergirls; Nashville Sounds mascot Ozzie; Operation Troop Aid; Strength & Honor Camaro; Tennessee Titans mascot, T-RAC; the United States Army Recruiting Guard and Hummer; and the United States Coast Guard.
Beginning at the corner of Tenth Avenue and Broadway, the procession will travel down Broadway and end at Riverfront Park.
Immediately following the parade, “The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Chevy Block Party” will take place at its new location this year, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, with performers that can only be seen at the Block Party. Hosted by WSM’s Beth Brightwell and Rick Marino, the Block Party is free and open to the public. Lee Brice was just added to the lineup and Carter’s Chord will sing the national anthem. The lineup includes:
1:00 PM-1:25 PM Josh Thompson
1:40 PM-2:00 PM Lee Brice
2:15 PM-2:35 PM Eli Young Band
2:50 PM-3:15 PM Uncle Kracker
3:30 PM-3:55 PM Randy Houser
Party the Night Away
“Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam” takes place Wednesday (10:00 PM) at the Ryman Auditorium. Benefitting MusiCares and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, this event will feature Doug Kershaw, Dolly Parton, The Quebe Sisters, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and Mel Tillis.
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.
Then the official fun begins….Are you ready???? I know we are! Click on our CMA Fest tab on the top of the page to see all things CMA Fest.
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