NASHVILLE, TN. (Top40 Charts/ CMA) - The excitement is building for 2008 CMA Music
Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8 in Downtown Nashville, as artists performing at the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages at Riverfront are announced.
"The CMA Music Festival artist performer lineup truly reflects the diversity and strength of our music," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We have today's hitmakers, legends and rising stars from the worlds of contemporary and traditional Country Music. If you want to experience the best of the format, you'll find it everywhere you turn during CMA Music Festival."
In 2007, attendance at the Festival topped 191,000 with fans from every state and 21 foreign lands. In fact, 10Best.com (Trusted Advice for TravelersT), named CMA Music Festival a 2008 Best Bet for Times to Visit Nashville. Now in its 37th year, the Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair) spotlights the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans while raising funds to support music education in Metro Nashville's public schools through the CMA's philanthropic program "Keep the Music Playing."
Artists scheduled to perform on the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages include (in alphabetical order):
Thursday, June 5
Keith Anderson, Bellamy Brothers, Luke Bryan, Tracy Byrd, Carters Chord, Mark Chesnutt, Emerson Drive, Adam Gregory, Jypsi, Lost Trailers, Richie McDonald, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Phil Stacey, Aaron Tippin and Chuck Wicks
Friday, June 6
Eric Church, Cowboy Crush, Crossin' Dixon, Ashley Gearing, Jennifer Hanson, Heartland, Sarah Johns, Lonestar, Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan, Megan Mullins, Jake Owen, The Road Hammers, Crystal Shawanda, Ashton Shepherd, Fisher Stevenson, Emily West and Chris Young
Saturday, June 7
Katie Arminger, John Berry, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, the "Honky Tonk Tail Gate Party with Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, Trent Willmon and Mark Wills," Randy Houser, Emma Mae Jacob, Justin Moore, Michael Martin Murphy, Minnie Murphy, Jasmine Rae, Mica Roberts, The Roys, Jeffrey Steele, Doug Stone, Mel Tillis, Trailor Choir, Jimmy Wayne, Whiskey Falls, and Darryl Worley
Sunday, June 8
Charlie Allen, T. Graham Brown, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Drew Davis Band, Whitney Duncan, Jimmy Fortune, Ty Herndon, LoCash Cowboys, Rockie Lynne, Raul Malo, Mel McDaniel, Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O'Neal, Rissi Palmer, Rio Grand, Sunny Sweeney, Bryan White and Billy Yates
Additional artists will be announced as performers on the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages in the coming weeks.
Admission to the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages is included in CMA Music Festival four-day ticket packages. Single-day tickets for the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages will be sold the day of each show at the gate for $16 each. Children 6 and younger are admitted free of charge, making the Riverfront concerts a popular destination for families who want to enjoy great musical performances while relaxing on the sloping bank of the Cumberland River. The concerts are fun in the sun within easy walking distance of all the Festival event sites, with food vendors, activities and more.
But the fun doesn't end there. Performers announced for the nightly concerts at LP Field include Rodney Atkins, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Jewel, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and Dwight Yoakam. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, and surprise artist performances - a hallmark of the event - are also being planned.
Tickets for 2008 CMA Music Festival are available now. To order tickets call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com to download an order form to fax or mail; visit www.ticketmaster.com to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices do not include applicable handling fees.
Four-day ticket package categories correspond to different levels of seating at LP Field. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly Concerts at LP Field; Daily Concerts on the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages; daily admittance to the Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; McDonald's-Dr Pepper Family Zone; Fun Zone; ChevyT Sports Zone; CMA Music Festival After Hours; free in-town shuttles; the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin; and more. Ticket prices and artist appearances are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.