Rodney Atkins, Marty Stuart Plan Charity Events for 2015 CMA Music Festival Week
Atkins will host the fifth annual Music City Gives Back concert, set for June 9, to raise funds for the W.O. Smith Music School. The event was started in 2011 to support Nashville residents who were devastated by the city's 2010 flood.
“I’m grateful to be hosting this special event for the fifth year in a row alongside a stellar group of artists,” Atkins says. “It truly means a lot to be able to give back through what I love to do most -- play music.”
The free event will take place on Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Ave., with Dee Jay Silver kicking things off at 6PM. Atkins, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae and Kip Moore are all scheduled to perform as part of this year's show.
The next night (June 10), Stuart will host his 14th annual Late Night Jam at the historic Ryman Auditorium, to benefit MusiCares. This year, Eric Church, who performed at the event in 2007, will be headlining the Jam. Church will be joined by Jimmy Webb, Charley Pride, Connie Smith, EmiSunshine, the Brothers Osborne and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The music kicks off at 10PM; the Jam often continues well past midnight.
"I was fortunate enough to play the Late Night Jam early on in my career and enjoyed the whole vibe and experience," Church tells Rolling Stone Country. "I love Marty and his guys, and I can't wait to join an already fantastic lineup."
Other country stars, including Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker and the Oak Ridge Boys, also have charity events planned during the week of the festival. More information about other 2015 CMA Music Festival events is available here.