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Ascend Amphitheater Hosting Free Nightly Concerts During CMA Fest 2017

2017 CMA Music Festival Ascend Amphitheater
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Country music fans headed to the 2017 CMA Music Festival will have yet another chance to catch live music for free, this time at Ascend Amphitheater. The Country Music Association has announced a series of free nightly concerts set to take place at the venue during the annual festival.

At the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage, located inside of Ascend Amphitheater, CMA Fest attendees will be able to see everyone from Big & Rich (June 8) to Dan + Shay (June 10). Shows will take place on June 8, 9 and 10; each night, they will begin at 7PM.

“With tens of thousands of country music fans pouring in from all over the U.S. and over two dozen countries, [the] CMA’s partnership with Cracker Barrel to present free nightly concerts at Ascend offers non-four-day ticket holders access to additional nighttime options and the chance to see even more of their favorite artists,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, in a press release.

Adds Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Senior Vice President of Marketing Don Hoffman, “Music and entertainment are an important part of the Cracker Barrel brand experience because the platform provides an invaluable and resounding connection with our guests, which is why we’ve committed to this partnership for the next three years.”

In addition to Big & Rich, June 8’s free show at Ascend Amphitheater will feature DJ Sinister & the Country Fried Mix and Cowboy Troy, as well as Deana Carter, Billy Ray Cyrus and the Oak Ridge Boys. On June 9, some of country music’s women — Sara Evans, 3 Girls Rock Into a Bar, Natalie Stovall, Ruthie Collins, Danielle Bradbery, Kellie Pickler and Aubrie Sellers — will all take the stage. And on June 10, Dan + Shay will close out the venue’s events, along with Hunter Hays, RaeLynn, High Valley, Ryan Kinder, Cale Dodds and Bailey Bryan.

The free shows being held on the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage are just a few of many events happening in Music City throughout the week of the 2017 CMA Music Festival, which officially runs June 8-11. For more information on tickets and performers at CMA Fest 2017, visit the CMA Music Festival’s official website. A TV special featuring highlights from the event, CMA Fest 2017, will air on ABC sometime this summer; exact broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

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