This past weekend, thousands of country music fans made their way to Music City to enjoy CMA Music Festival. The four day festival offers free shows and entertainment all day in downtown Nashville, and ends each day with a ticketed event at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. If you missed it, you can catch “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on August 4th on ABC. Little Big Town will host the two hour special highlighting some of the best performances of the weekend.
The lineup included performances by Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, and countless others.
Most Anticipated Riverfront Performance
During Corey Smith’s performance on the Riverfront Stage, the area reached full capacity and concert-goers were only admitted as others left. This was the only time during the weekend that the free venue reached full capacity.
Much Deserved Recognition
Kellie Pickler was awarded the first-ever Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award on Saturday night, just after she performed the National Anthem. The award serves as recognition for her continued support of the Unites States military. Kyle’s parents were on stage to help present the award to Pickler .
On the Rise
Kelsea Ballerini, making her CMA Fest debut, performed for nearly 4,000 people on the Bud Light Stage, right in front of Bridgestone Arena. Her first single, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, has continued to rise up the charts, and she was one of the most popular acts to perform on the Bud Light Stage this weekend.
During Keith Urban’s set, Eric Church joined him to sing their single, “Raise ‘Em Up”. The crowd loved the surprise appearance from Church, who sang earlier in the night.
Thomas Rhett, performing for the second time on the CMA Fest stage, was a crowd favorite. His upbeat songs and smooth dance moves easily captivated the audience of nearly 60,000 fans.
Caught In a Fog
Luke Bryan was, quite literally, caught in the fog during his performance of his hit song “That’s My Kinda Night”. Luckily, he wasn’t injured, and laughingly continued singing.
The 2016 festival is set for June 9-12 at LP Field. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10 am CDT.