Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2013 CMA Music Festival Filled With Free Live Music

By the CMA Staff

NASHVILLE - The 2013 CMA Music Festival will take over 
downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with 
six free stages in the outdoor footprint and countless activities. 

Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out a record-
setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 Festival, but fans will 
still have innumerable opportunities to watch Country Music’s 
best and brightest perform at CMA Music Festival. Performance 
lineups for the previously announced Chevrolet Riverfront 
Stage and Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza are 
available for fans to view at, but those schedules 
merely scratch the surface of what fans can experience 
throughout the four-day Festival.

Downtown Nashville will be full of unique fan experiences, including free outdoor areas offering everything from 
autograph signings, meet-and-greets, cell phone charging stations, product demonstrations, auctions, giveaways, and more. All outdoor spaces are free and open to the public. These 
areas include: 

Transitions Performance Park 

New in 2013, Transitions® adaptive lenses – the Official 
Sponsor of Sightseeing™ – will host Transitions Performance 
Park where fans can get an enhanced view of the CMA Music 
Festival by checking out the sights atop Transitions' two-story 
viewing platform. Fans will be able to test the Transitions 
family of products, look through customized viewfinders, and 
star in their own professional photo shoot – complete with a 
set, crew, props, and a photographer. 

In addition, Transitions Performance Park will be filled with 
other fun activities. Come relax in oversized eyewear cabanas 
providing protection from the sun and grab a variety of eye-
healthy snacks, all while enjoying free concerts on the 
Transitions Performance Park Stage. The legendary Marshall 
Tucker Band will make their first-ever CMA Music Festival 
appearance and kick things off on Thursday, June 6 at 11:00 
AM. Other artists participating in the daily concerts include 
(alphabetical order; artists and schedule subject to 

Thursday, June 6: Ash Bowers, Tim Dugger, Flynnville 
Train, Marshall Tucker Band, Old Dominion, Chad Warrix, 
Holly Williams, and Jon Wolfe 

Friday, June 7: The Cleverlys, Due West, Clare Dunn, 
Hudson Moore, Danielle Peck, Julie Roberts, Gwen 
Sebastian, and Phoenix Stone 

Saturday, June 8: Jeff Bates, The Cadillac Three, Cowboy 
Troy, Jaida Dreyer, Morgan Frazier, Old Southern 
Moonshine Revival, Frank Ortega, and The Stickers 

Sunday, June 9: Blackjack Billy, The Brothers Road, Kristy 
Lee Cook, High Valley, Carly Pearce, Stephanie Quayle, 
Sweetwater Rain, and A Thousand Horses 

Transitions Performance Park is located in the Walk of Fame 
Park on Demonbreun between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. The 
park is free and open to the public from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM 
Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 
AM–5:00 PM on Sunday, June 9. 

The Buckle 

Covering three bustling blocks of Broadway, legions of ultimate 
fans know that The Buckle is where the excitement and thrills 
of CMA Music Festival come together. 

The Buckle Stage will host a variety of free performances and 
activities beginning with concerts presented by ASCAP on 
Thursday, June 6 and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 AM–4:30 PM. 
Performers include (alphabetical order; artists and schedule 
subject to change): 

Thursday, June 6: Brent Anderson, Brian Burke, Karli 
Chayne, Steven Clawson, Clare Dunn, Josh Grider, Curtis 
Grimes, Austin Jenckes, Cody Johnson, Michaelis, Dylan 
Scott, Madeleine Slate, Two Story Road, Allison Veltz, 
Zane Williams, and Trent Willmon 

Sunday, June 9: Chris Cavanaugh, Corey Crowder, Kalisa 
Ewing, Victoria Ghost, Adam Hambrick, JT Harding, Kris 
Hitchcock, Camaron Ochs, Brent Rupard, SaraBeth Taite, 
and Hailey Whitters 

On Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, the 
ABC Television Network returns to the CMA Music Festival with 
the ABC Summer Block Party. There will be special 
appearances by ABC fan favorites including Jason Thompson 
and Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”) and Chef Carla 
Hall (“The Chew”), musical performances, autograph signings, 
games, photos, free giveaways and much more! On Saturday, 
Nashville’s own Grilled Cheeserie Truck will be serving up free 
grilled cheese sandwiches inspired by ABC’s "The Chew.” 

In addition to these special events, The Buckle will play host to 
wall-to-wall activities including The History Channel’s “Cross-
Country Cookout” and appearances by the stars of the 
network's hit TV series "Swamp People" in both The History 
Channel and Gander Mountain booths. Fans can pinball 
between scrumptious free food samples, one-of-a-kind trip 
giveaways, killer karaoke, competitive games, and more from 
other exhibitors including AT&T U-verse, Bad Boy Buggies, BIC 
FlameDisc, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Carl Black Chevrolet, Cracker 
Barrel, Diet Mountain Dew, GAC, Jelly Belly, U.S. Marines, 
Martin Guitars, Transitions, and Wrangler. 

The Buckle is located on Broadway from First to Fourth 
Avenues. The area is open to the public from 10:00 AM–6:00 
PM Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 and from 10:00 
AM–5:00 PM on Sunday, June 9. 

Fan Alley 

If CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan 
Experience, then Fan Alley is where that experience gets 
cranked up to the maximum level! 

Tucked into the area in front of the magical Schermerhorn 
Symphony Center, Fan Alley welcomes its namesake (the 
fans!) into a warm community where memories will be shared 
and friendships made. 

The Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage in Fan Alley will feature daily 
concerts with two dozen of Country’s best rising talent from 
Noon–3:00 PM each day. Hit-maker Carolyn Dawn Johnson 
will kick off the performances with other additional 
performances from (alphabetical order; artists and schedule 
subject to change): 

Thursday, June 6: Kenny Foster, Friends of Lola, 
Johnson,Pete Kennedy, Lisa Matassa, and Sundy Best 

Friday, June 7: Tyler Barham, Eric Lee Beddingfield, 
Weston Burt, Courtney Cole, Striking Matches, and Carrie 

Saturday, June 8: Dakota Bradley, Brianna De Alba, 
Lyndsey Highlander, Rachel Holder, Kingston, and Austin 

Sunday, June 9: Cerrito, Zach Lockwood, Joanna Mosca, 
Josh Mullins, and Pierce Avenue 

Lipton Iced Tea will host a “tea” ball competition for prizes 
while offering up samples of the brand’s refreshing iced tea 
flavors. Fan Alley will also offer exciting experiences for fans 
over 21. Jack Daniel’s will offer free mobile distillery tours, 
trivia games, and opportunities to purchase merchandise. Team 
Cocktail will be serving up tasty cocktails, awesome apparel, 
artist autograph signings, and the opportunity to win a 
Caribbean cruise for two. 

Fan Alley is located in front of the Schermerhorn Symphony 
Center on Fourth Avenue South. The area is open from 10:00 
AM–6:00 PM Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 and 
from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM on Sunday, June 9. 

BMI Tailgate Party 

Returning to the CMA Music Festival for a second year is the 
BMI Tailgate Party. Located right off the Cumberland River 
outside LP Field, the stage will feature a strong selection of 
BMI’s songwriters, artists, and DJ Du warming up the audience 
before they enter LP Field for the Nightly Concerts beginning at 
4:30 PM. 

Performers at the BMI Tailgate Party include (alphabetical 
order; artists and schedule subject to change): 

Thursday, June 6: Joel Crouse, Joey Hyde, and Thomas 

Friday, June 7: Lindsay Ell, David Fanning, and Josh 

Saturday, June 8: Native Run, Jon Pardi, and Westbound 

Sunday, June 9: Brazilbilly, Curious Band, and The Railers 

Ninth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and 
Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party 

Everything gets started with the Ninth Annual CMA Music 
Festival Kick-Off Parade on Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00 AM. 
The parade will make its way down Broadway from Tenth to 
First Avenue with Country Music superstar Kix Brooks serving 
as Grand Marshal. In addition to numerous Country Music 
artists and other celebrities riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet 
vehicles, the parade will feature the Keep the Music Playing All 
Stars Marching Band, which is made up of high school 
musicians representing several Metro Nashville Public Schools, 
the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, balloons, and more. 

Following the procession, the fun will kick into high gear with 
The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party. Fans can 
gather at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage for the kick off with 
The Henningsens followed by Brazilbilly, The Lacs, The 
Cadillac Three, and headliner Joe Diffie. Lyndsey 
Highlander will perform the national anthem. 

CMA Social Media Ticket Giveaways 

Despite tickets to the LP Field Nightly Concert series being sold 
out, fans can win their way into the best seats in the house for 
CMA Music Festival's star-studded showcases. Between 
Monday, May 27 and Friday, May 31, CMA will give away a pair 
of tickets each day across the organization’s social media 
channels starting with fifth row seats through Google+ on 
Monday; followed by fourth row tickets via Instagram Tuesday; 
third row seats via Pinterest Wednesday; second row seats 
Thursday via Twitter; and culminating with front-row seats 
Friday via Facebook. In addition, CMA will run a weeklong 
contest during the same window to give away 50 pairs of 
passes to the all-new AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X experience 
at Music City Center. Full details on how to enter can be found 
at beginning Monday, May 27. And for 
access to CMA Music Festival details, news alerts and special 
promotions, fans should connect with CMA across all digital 

With 11 total stages and many free lifestyle exhibits to explore 
throughout the Festival footprint in Nashville, CMA Music 
Festival is a fantastic, family-friendly entertainment value. It all 
officially kicks off Thursday, June 6 with "Lady A Day at FFX" 
featuring Lady Antebellum performing, signing autographs, 
and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. 
Fan Fair X is free to four-day ticket holders, but tickets to this 
exciting new attraction are available to fans for $10 a day or 
$25 for four days Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with 
children 12 and younger admitted for free. 

Daily and Four-Day tickets for AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X are 
available through Ticketmaster at, the CMA 
Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-
3378), or onsite at the registration area of Fan Fair X (price 
includes handling fees). 

Additionally, four-day tickets to the 2014 CMA Music 
Festival, held June 5-8, 2014, went on sale nationwide 
Monday, May 20, at and 1-800-CMA-FEST. 
Fans will also be able to purchase 2014 CMA Music Festival 
tickets at this year’s event by visiting the . Following four years 
of consecutive LP Field sellouts, fans are encouraged to buy 
early for best-available seating. Visit for details. 

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting, the official 
website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the 
CMA Exclusive e-news. Fans can also connect with CMA at,, and

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