NASHVILLE – The day before gates open to the 2015 CMA Music
Festival, CMA is throwing a FREE kick-off concert to get Nashville and every fan
that flocks to Music City for the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience into the spirit of the Festival.
Today CMA announced the
performers for the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront
Stage featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds. The event, curated by SiriusXM and hosted
by SiriusXM The Highway’s on-air talent, will include performances by artists
who are featured on The Highway’s Highway Finds, the SiriusXM channel’s ongoing
initiative to introduce new Country artists to SiriusXM listeners and will take
place Wednesday, June 10 (10:15 AM-7:00 PM/CT).
“The CMA Music Festival
Kick-Off Concert has been extremely popular with our fans and adds another day
of free music to the event,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief
Executive Officer. “It is just another way we can thank the local fans for supporting
the Festival while also welcoming Country Music fans from around the country and world to Nashville.”
“We are excited to be
working with the CMA for the first time on the official kick-off event for CMA
Music Fest featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds. We’re looking forward to curating
a lineup of Highway Finds artists and putting together a great stage to kick off
the week’s festivities,” said John Marks, CMA Board Member
and Senior Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM.
The FREE Kick-Off Concert is bigger than ever and features
performances by SiriusXM Highway Finds artists, including A Thousand Horses,
Greg Bates, Annie Bosko, Ruthie Collins,
Jessie James Decker, Clare Dunn, Haley
Georgia, Haley & Michaels, Sonia Leigh,
LoCash, Jackson Michelson, Logan Mize,
Jess Moskaluke, Old Dominion, James Otto,
Outshyne, Parmalee, Carly Pearce, Adam
Sanders, Canaan Smith, Dallas Smith, and
Sundy Best (lineup subject to change).
The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage featuring
SiriusXM Highway Finds will take place at the foot of Broadway and First Avenue.
Gates open at 9:00 AM/CT for SiriusXM invited guests and 9:30 AM/CT for the general public.
CMA also announced this
year’s National Anthem singers for the 2015 CMA Music Festival. Katie
Armiger will perform the National Anthem on Thursday, June 11 at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Each night
a special guest will be performing the National Anthem at the Nightly Concerts
at LP Field. Thursday night it will be Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers,
followed by Restless Heart on Friday, Kellie Pickler
on Saturday, and Lee Greenwood on Sunday.
CMA is taking numerous
steps in 2015 to protect the safety of fans, artists, and workers, so everyone
can fully enjoy The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience including safety shelters
for severe weather and water stations for quick relief from the heat.
CMA also utilizes the “If
You See Something, Say Something” program from the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). “If You See Something, Say Something” is a simple and effective program
to raise public awareness and to emphasis the importance of reporting suspicious
activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. All of those in
attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious
behavior and situations and are encouraged to call the numbers posted throughout downtown and at LP Field.
On the west side of the
Cumberland River fans can report suspicious activity by calling (615) 880-1515.
The number will be manned continuously during the Festival beginning Thursday, June 11 (7:00 AM/CT) until the last LP Field performance
on Sunday, June 14.
At LP Field for the CMA
Music Festival Nightly Concerts, fans can utilize the stadium’s text number
by texting the situation and location to 69050. The phone number to call at LP
Field is (615) 565-4494. The numbers will be monitored from the time the gates
open until the end of the Nightly Concerts.