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CMA Music Festival’s Kick-off Concert Performers Announced!

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The day before gates open to the 2015 CMA Music Festival, CMA is throwing a FREE kick-off concert to get Nashville and every fan that flocks to Music City for the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience into the spirit of the Festival.

Today CMA announced the performers for the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds. The event, curated by SiriusXM and hosted by SiriusXM The Highway’s on-air talent, will include performances by artists who are featured on The Highway’s Highway Finds, the SiriusXM channel’s ongoing initiative to introduce new Country artists to SiriusXM listeners and will take place Wednesday, June 10th (10:15 AM-7:00 PM/CT).

“The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert has been extremely popular with our fans and adds another day of free music to the event,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is just another way we can thank the local fans for supporting the Festival while also welcoming Country Music fans from around the country and world to Nashville.”

“We are excited to be working with the CMA for the first time on the official kick-off event for CMA Music Fest featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds. We’re looking forward to curating a lineup of Highway Finds artists and putting together a great stage to kick off the week’s festivities,” said John Marks, CMA Board Member and Senior Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM.

The FREE Kick-Off Concert is bigger than ever and features performances by SiriusXM Highway Finds artists, including A Thousand Horses, Greg Bates, Annie Bosko, Ruthie Collins, Jessie James Decker, Clare Dunn, Haley Georgia, Haley & Michaels, Sonia Leigh, LoCash, Jackson Michelson, Logan Mize, Jess Moskaluke, Old Dominion, James Otto, Outshyne, Parmalee, Carly Pearce, Adam Sanders, Canaan Smith, Dallas Smith, and Sundy Best (lineup subject to change).
The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds will take place at the foot of Broadway and First Avenue. Gates open at 9:00 AM/CT for SiriusXM invited guests and 9:30 AM/CT for the general public.

CMA also announced this year’s National Anthem singers for the 2015 CMA Music Festival. Katie Armiger will perform the National Anthem on Thursday, June 11 at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Each night a special guest will be performing the National Anthem at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Thursday night it will be Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, followed by Restless Heart on Friday, Kellie Pickler on Saturday, and Lee Greenwood on Sunday.

CMA is taking numerous steps in 2015 to protect the safety of fans, artists, and workers, so everyone can fully enjoy The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience including safety shelters for severe weather and water stations for quick relief from the heat.

CMA also utilizes the “If You See Something, Say Something” program from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “If You See Something, Say Something” is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness and to emphasis the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. All of those in attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and situations and are encouraged to call the numbers posted throughout downtown and at LP Field.

On the west side of the Cumberland River fans can report suspicious activity by calling (615) 880-1515. The number will be manned continuously during the Festival beginning Thursday, June 11 (7:00 AM/CT) until the last LP Field performance on Sunday, June 14.

At LP Field for the CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts, fans can utilize the stadium’s text number by texting the situation and location to 69050. The phone number to call at LP Field is (615) 565-4494. The numbers will be monitored from the time the gates open until the end of the Nightly Concerts.

Medical tents and roving medical teams from Vanderbilt Medical Center are also readily available for Festival goers needing attention for a variety of ailments including treatment of blisters and sunburns.

For full lineup and to plan their schedule, maps, activities, trivia and more information fans can go to CMAfest.com

The Grand Ole Opry Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Our Troops

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous honored heroes of the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance on, Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, John Conlee, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler.

Guests lined the red carpet leading into the Opry House before the show as soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the Tennessee National Guard as well as the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made their way up the carpet and into the Opry House as the evening’s honorees. Adkins, Conlee, The Gatlins, Greenwood, Morgan, and Pickler took their places on the carpet to officially welcome the soldiers to the Opry and thank them for their service to the U.S. military.

Following the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s performance, Pickler thanked members of the band and all members of the Armed Forces, saying, “I think it’s so important that you know that we do not take what you do for granted. We love you all and are so thankful to have you all here tonight to celebrate.”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

As part of the Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months in an initiative called “Cause For Applause.”  May at the Opry is a month-long celebration of U.S. troops and their families in partnership with the USO and MusiCorps. A percentage of the proceeds from May Opry ticket sales goes to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.”

In celebration of the cause, the Opry recently unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler signed tees in The Opry Shop after her Opry performance last night.

The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s Opry appearance was made possible by Humana, presenting sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can visit opry.com/causeforapplause to learn more about the May cause partnership and additional causes to be announced throughout the year.

The Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration continues throughout 2015. Upcoming artist appearances include Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood, among many others. For additional media information on the Opry, visit opry.com/media.

“American Idol” Alumni Reflect On The Show’s End

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Fox announced this week it is pulling the plug on American Idol after the 15th season, giving the show one more year to bid farewell to the fans. Producers say the final season will pay tribute to seasons passed.

Scotty McCreery says “American Idol” was “a dominant force in our pop culture for almost a decade and a half, but all good things must come to an end.” The next season of “American Idol” will be its last.

Kellie Pickler says “Idol” helped her realize her dreams as a country singer and she’s sure the final season will be a memorable one.

Original co-host Brian Dunkleman had the best reaction ever when he tweeted, “I knew American Idol would never last without me CANCELLED.”

Grand Ole Opry To “Salute The Troops”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry  Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will make its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler, among others. The show is one part of the Opry’s month-long celebration of our nation’s troops and their families, which helps benefit the USO and MusiCorps.

The public is invited to be a part of the celebration outside the Opry House beginning at 5:45 p.m. as members of the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and other honored soldiers enter the Opry House via a fan-lined red carpet parade. The evening’s Opry performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

As part of the show’s 90th anniversary celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months.  Called “Cause For Applause,” the initiative will continue with “Salute The Troops” as May’s cause benefitting MusicCorps and the USO.  Throughout the month, a percentage of the proceeds from Opry ticket sales will go to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.” Among other artists scheduled to appear on the Opry and Opry Country Classics throughout the month and who are also USO tour veterans are Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels Band, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, and Aaron Tippin.

In celebration of the cause, the Opry has also unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler is scheduled to sign autographs in The Opry Shop following the show May 19. A tee purchase and voucher are required for the signing; full details are available at opry.com.

 

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