It’s CMA Music Festival time! Starting tomorrow there will be concerts, special events, and more happening all week due to #CMAFest. Let’s start with the details you want to hear: there will be free music, again, there will be Fan Fair X, of course, and there will be the nightly concerts (see lineup), duh. Those are a given. But you might not have heard that one of the stages hosting free live music will be the Ascend Amphitheater. AND that Chris Young will actually kick-off #CMAFest, on June 8, with a free concert at Ascend Amphitheater. If you have not been to the new venue this is the perfect opportunity. Just saying. Some other key performers you might want to know playing free would be A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Charles Esten, #NashvilleJuly4 performers Maddie & Tae, Chris Carmack, Ryan Beaver, and Lucy Angel. (See the full lineup here.)
Also, just incase you get a little over heated make sure to stop by the Music City Stage located in the Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena. The lineup up for the ONLY a/c stage includes American Young, Lauren Ashley, Barrett Baber, and so
many other must-see acts. (See the full lineup.)
Another great way to get out of the heat would be to head to one of Nashville’s many restaurants throughout the downtown area. There is The Skillery on Second Avenue, Rock Bottom Brewery on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, or Puckett’s Grocery up the hill on 5th Avenue. For a complete guide check out our friends at Visit Music City (visitmusiccity.com/food).
One of the last things we would like to mention is what the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is doing for the occasion. Tomorrow they kick off the fun with a Blake Shelton concert. After that, they will have autograph sessions and performances all week. You really need to check it out: countrymusichalloffame.org. OH! And Alan Jackson is performing a special Acme Unplugged! Yes, #CMAFest is truly a special time for Nashville. For visitors, and the locals who should totally take advantage.
P.S. – Just in case you are actually looking to avoid downtown Nashville, for whatever reason, you can find a complete guide of road closures here.