2015 CMA Music Festival Recap

June 16, 2015 | By | Comments (0)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13:  (L-R) Musicians Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform onstage during the 2015 CMA Festival on June 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

Little Big Town performs onstage during the 2015 CMA Festival. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

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

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13:  Corey Smith performs on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage at the 2015 CMA Festival on June 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

Corey Smith performs on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

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

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13:  Wayne Kyle father of United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, speaks onstage with singer Kellie Pickler (R) during the 2015 CMA Festival on June 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Wayne Kyle with  Kellie Pickler. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

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

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 12:  Kelsea Ballerini performs at the Bud Light Stage during the 2015 CMA Festival on June 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

Kelsea Ballerini. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

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.

Surprise Collaboration

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 14:  (L-R) Musicians Keith Urban and Eric Church perform onstage during day 4 of the 2015 CMA Festival on June 14, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Richard Gabriel Ford/WireImage)

Keith Urban and Eric Church. (Photo by Richard Gabriel Ford/WireImage)

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.

Crowd Favorite

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13:  Singer Thomas Rhett performs onstage during the 2015 CMA Festival on June 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Thomas Rhett. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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.

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