CMA Festival brings lots of free music to Music City

Last updated on May 30th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy open the CMA Fest on June 4. (l-r): John Rich, Cowboy Troy and Big Kenny

Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy open the CMA Fest on June 4. (l-r): John Rich, Cowboy Troy and Big Kenny

The 2014 CMA Music Festival will have fans rockin’ on the Riverfront with lots of performers for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The lineup for the free daily concerts is packed with more than 50 artists, from Country Music legends to the brightest up-and-coming stars. CMA Award nominees Big & Rich will officially kick off the festival when they take the stage on Thursday, June 5 at 10 am, CDT. This will mark the first time the duo will hit the Riverfront stage together, setting the pace for the music-filled days to follow.

“Big & Rich will bring a great energy to the official start of the festival, and I know our fans will not want to miss their performance,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO.

Other performers scheduled to hit the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Craig Campbell, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan & Shay, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Uncle Kracker, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Charlie Worsham, and Wynonna.

The lineup includes six CMA Award winners and 15 CMA Award nominees. Twelve artists will be making their Riverfront debut, making the daily shows a must-see for attendees during the four-day event, happening Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, in downtown Nashville.

“This outstanding lineup, paired with the artists performing at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, represent the best in Country Music from past to present to future,” said Trahern. “The Riverfront shows are always a highlight of CMA Music Festival, and with the caliber of talent, this year is sure to be no exception.”

The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage concerts begin each day at 10 am, CST, in Riverfront Park on the sloping bank of the Cumberland River. The shows are free and open to the public, and one of the most popular attractions at the Festival. While tickets to the nightly concerts at LP Field are sold out, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is among numerous other entertainment and music stages, special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy during CMA Music Festival.

CMA Music Festival’s newest attraction, AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X at the Music City Center, features artist performances, celebrity question and answer sessions, and more. Fans can play paparazzi and snap photos of the stars, shop the Fan Fair X Marketplace, and more. Fan Fair X tickets are $10 a day or $25 for four days. Children eight and under are admitted free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Price includes handling fees. Visit the website for details.