2010 CMA Music Festival Schedule
Fans from all over the world are heading to Nashville this week for the 2010 CMA Music Festival. While the autograph sessions, daily concerts and night time performances at LP Field don't start until Thursday (June 10), fans began the festivities Monday (June 7) with the City of Home Celebrity Softball Challenge. The Boot gives you a detailed rundown where you can find some of your favorite stars around Music City this week!
Tuesday, June 8:
11:30 AM - Country Weekly hosts their 4th annual fashion show event at the Wildhorse Saloon. Artists scheduled to hit the runway will include Burns & Poe, Danielle Peck, Joe Nichols, Love and Theft, Bucky Covington, Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, Bo Bice, Trailer Choir, Julie Roberts, Trent Tomlinson and many more. Clay Walker will serve as the host of the event. Tickets, which include lunch, start at $35 and can be purchased through TicketMaster.
3:00 PM - Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists and Anglers Fishing Tournament on Percy Priest Lake, featuring Easton Corbin, Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Andy Griggs, Matt Kennon and more. The weigh-in, which is open to the public, will take place in front of the Music Valley Event Center in Music Valley Village, 2416 Music Valley Drive beginning at 3:00 PM.
8:00 PM - Chely Wright's 10th annual Reading, Writing and Rhythm Concert, featuring Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Crowell, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Bucky Covington and more at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville. Includes a silent auction open to the public.
Wednesday, June 9:
10:00 AM - Trent Willmon Hi-Stakes Roping event at Judge Bean's in Brentwood. Celebrity roping starts at 1:00 PM with the annual Roping Pen Party to follow at 2:00 PM.
10:30 AM - Jake Owen will be signing autographs at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Autograph vouchers are required to participate and must be obtained in advance. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame's website for more information. Other artists scheduled to sign autographs at the Hall of Fame include Danny Gokey, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley and Cherryholmes.
11:30 AM - The CMA Music Fest kick-off parade will make its way down lower Broadway with special guests including Stealing Angels, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bo Bice, Ash Bowers, Carter Twins, Jeff Cook, Diana DeGarmo, Fast Ryde, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Gloriana, Josh Gracin, The Grascals, The Harters, Buddy Jewell, KingBilly, Jesse Lee, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Jerrod Neimann, James Otto, Point of Grace, Marty Raybon and Chuck Wicks.
Following the parade, the 5th Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party will take place on the Chevy Music Stage on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza (corner of Fifth Ave. and Broadway). Performances will include David Nail (1:00-1:20 PM), Chuck Wicks (1:35-1:55 PM), Jerrod Neimann (2:10-2:30 PM), Joe Nichols (2:45-3:15 PM) and Randy Houser (3:30-4:00 PM).
Also at 7:00 PM, Ty Herndon will hold his annual Ty Herndon & Friends benefit concert at the Nashville Palace to raise money for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The show will feature performances from artists including Michael Peterson, Julie Roberts, Anita Cochran, Diana DeGarmo, Amber Hayes and more.
10:30 PM - Dierks Bentley holds his 'Up on the Ridge' CD release party at Limelight Nashville.
8:00 AM - The National Rifle Association (NRA) will hold its first annual charity sporting event during CMA Music Fest week hosted by Blake Shelton. The event benefits Middle Tennessee flood relief efforts through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The inaugural sporting clay shoot will be held at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex. Celebrities confirmed to attend the event include Trace Adkins, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and a few additional surprise guests.
9:15 AM - Lady Antebellum will host a live benefit concert from Nashville. The event is sold out, but fans who do not have tickets can view the concert online through Lady A's website for a minimum donation of $5. Proceeds will benefit the Nashville Flood relief.
10:00 AM - Kicking off the Riverfront Stage performances for this year's festival include Keith Anderson, Diamond Rio, Colt Ford, Joey+Rory, The Judds, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Jake Owen, Josh Thompson and Clay Walker.
11:00 AM - The Chevy Music Stage keeps their music rolling with performances by Bomshel (11:00-11:25 AM), Tyler Dickerson (11:45-12:10 PM), Jaron and the Long Road to Love (12:30-12:55 PM), Blaine Larsen (1:15-1:40 PM), Randy Montana (2:00-2:25 PM), the Kentucky HeadHunters (2:45-3:10 PM), Classic Country Show featuring Lynn Anderson, Jim Ed Brown with Helen Cornelius, Jeannie Seely and Gene Watson (3:30-4:30 PM), and Doug Stone (4:50-5:15 PM).
12:00 PM - Miranda Lambert will host her annual fan club gathering at the Nashville Palace.
Also at 2:00 PM Thursday, Andy Griggs will hold his annual Poker Tournament and Guitar Pull at the Cadillac Ranch. Proceeds will once again benefit St.Jude Children's Research Hospital. Andy's fan club members can save $10 by purchasing their tickets through the singer's website. The event will include fan reception after the Guitar Pull with fan club members. Special guests are scheduled to appear at the event, including Mindy McCready.
10:30pm - Blake Shelton's annual fan club party takes place at the Wildhorse Saloon.
Friday, June 11:
11:00 AM - Friday's lineup for the Chevy Music Stage includes James Wesley (11:00-11:25 AM), Katie Armiger (11:45-12:10 PM), Mark Wills (12:30-12:55 PM), Fast Ryde (1:15-1:40 PM), The Harters (2:00-2:25 PM), Steve Azar (2:45-3:10 PM), Chris Janson (3:30-3:55 PM), Brantley Gilbert (4:15-4:40 PM), and Emily West (5:00-5:25 PM).
1:00 PM - John Rich will be signing autographs at the Stonehouse at Fontanel on the grounds of the Fontanel Mansion and Farm until 4:00 PM. The Stonehouse at Fontanel is located at 4225 Whites Creek Pike. The events are free and open to the public.
3:00 PM - Emerson Drive will have their fan club party at Mercy Lounge.
Saturday, June 12:
9:00 AM - Chris Young celebrates his 25th birthday by hosting his annual fan club party at the Nashville Palace.
11:00 AM - The Chevy Music Stage performances continue with Trent Tomlinson (11:00-11:25 AM), Jesse Lee (11:45-12:10 PM), Brady Seals (12:30-12:55 PM), Mallary Hope (1:15-1:40 PM), Ash Bowers (2:00-2:25 PM), Julie Roberts (2:45-3:10 PM), Jason Boland (3:30-3:55 PM), Thompson Square (4:15-4:40 PM), Shel (5:00-5:25 PM) and Bo Bice (5:45-6:10 PM).
12:00 PM - Gretchen Wilson will be signing autographs at the Stonehouse at Fontanel on the grounds of the Fontanel Mansion & Farm until 1:00 PM. The Stonehouse at Fontanel is located at 4225 Whites Creek Pike. The events are free and open to the public.
Also at 7:00 PM, the Honky Tonk Hitmen 7th Annual Indie Outlaw Show starts at Big Shotz. The evening will have performances by Billy Yates, Rick Monroe, John Arthur Martinez, Stephen Cochran and more.
10:00 PM - James Otto, Frankie Ballard and the Jane Dear Girls perform at Hard Rock Cafe outdoor stage.
Sunday, June 13:
8:00 AM - Taylor Swift's Meet and Greet will take place at the Bridgestone Arena. Taylor will meet as many fans as possible over the course of the 13-hour event. The event will include a short acoustic performance that afternoon shortly after 2:00 PM and will also feature several different fan activities throughout the day. The event is open to the general public and admission is free.
11:00 AM - The final performances at the Chevy Music Stage happen Sunday with a lineup of Whitney Duncan (11:45-12:10 PM), KingBilly (12:30-12:55 PM), Carter's Chord (1:15-1:40 PM), Confederate Railroad (2:00-2:25 PM), Jason Michael Carroll (2:45-3:10 PM), Trailer Choir (3:30-3:55 PM), LoCash Cowboys (4:15-4:40 PM) and Stealing Angels (5:00-5:25 PM)