CMA Music Festival Schedule
There is nothing quite like being there when an amazing country music festival kicks
off, and that definitely holds true for the CMA Music Festival each year in Nashville, where music is a way of life. LP Field
is the perfect place to match the size and scope of this annual festival, which has been a staple of Music City for more than
40 years and continues to bring in the hottest names in country music. If you've never actually made it out to this one, there
has never been a better time to change that as the CMA Music Festival gets rolling once again this year, bringing in fans
by the tens of thousands as they get ready to see what all the buzz is about.
Come out to the CMA Music Festival and
you'll see a steady stream of unbelievable bands that will give you plenty of different musical styles and flavors, making
it an unbelievable concert experience that you'll be talking about long after it's all over. There has never been a better
time to ditch the couch and make it out to see a great band in a top-tier show that everyone will be talking about around
town as some of the top musicians around come to LP Field to put on a show that you won't soon forget.
Did you know that Garth Brooks once did a signing appearance at the CMA Music Festival that lasted
nearly 24 hours?
If you want to know why Garth Brooks is a country superstar, all you need to know happened in 1996.
When Brooks was a late addition to the festival, he was mobbed by fans who wanted to hear his music and get his John Hancock,
and he decided that he simply didn't want to turn away any of his fans. Staying in his booth for a recorded 23 hours, Brooks
made a connection with his fans in a way that few artists even think about doing, solidifying him as a legend of this nationally
known music festival.
CMA Music Festival Background
It all started back in April 1972 as a Fan Fair, when
5,000 country music fans came out to see some of the brightest stars of the day. The original event was comprised of 20 hours
of live entertainment, autograph booths and 100 exhibit booths. In 1973, the event was moved to June, which proved to be a
success in drawing more fans – doubling the count this time around to 10,000. The third year of the festival marked
the first non-country music performance by the legendary Paul McCartney. Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton also put on a duet
for the final time before going their separate ways.
A decade after the inaugural CMA Festival, the event was moved
to the Tennessee State fairgrounds, and the All American Country Games competition became a part of the festival as well.
Many changes occurred in 2001. For the first time, the event stretched out over an extended weekend instead of during the
week, and at the same time, the festival relocated to several sites around downtown Nashville, including the Bridgestone Arena,
the Nashville Convention Center, the LP Field and Riverfront Park. The fairgrounds were transformed into a temporary campsite
for fans as well.
In 2004, the event was renamed CMA Music Festival and it has continued to take off ever since. In
2007, an attendance record was set with 191,154 fans coming out for the show, showing you the type of enthusiasm there is
for this one. Now at LP Field with thousands upon thousands of fans coming out to see the top country stars of the day, this
is a festival that you just simply don't want to music if you're a country music lover.
since Robert Altman brought it altogether with his groundbreaking film "Nashville," the secret has pretty much been out about
what amazing thrills this city has to offer, as you simply won't find another place like it no matter how much you love to
travel. Once you've been there, you'll be looking to go back much sooner than later – particularly if you make it out
to a multifaceted venue like LP Field, where you can find some of the best athletes in the world as well as some of the best
musical acts of the day at festivals like this one.
CMA Music Festival Concert Experience
There are obviously
plenty of different options for entertaining and music these days, and it can be tempting to just pop on a playlist and call
it a day. But fans of country music know that there is something extra special about seeing your favorite artists first-hand,
particularly when it's one of the most anticipated music festivals in the entire country. As soon as you're there at LP Field
alongside tens of thousands of your fellow country music fans, you'll definitely be kicking yourself for not making it out
to this iconic festival a whole lot sooner.