– This year’s CMA Music Festival,
June 7-10 in downtown Nashville,
will offer many fun, exciting and family-friendly activities. And they’re all free!

Music Festival is Nashville’s festival,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. “That’s why we provide so many free concerts and activities for the
citizens of Music City to enjoy.”

The Buckle

This year The Buckle is where it all comes together. Situated along Broadway
between First and Fourth Avenues, The Buckle is where fans come to enjoy activities,
games, live entertainment, demonstrations, free samples, autograph signings, and more!

The Buckle
Stage will host a variety of performances and activities beginning with concerts
presented by ASCAP on
Thursday, June 7. Artists scheduled to perform include
Hannah Dasher, Kalisa Ewing, JJ Lawhorn, Emily Lynch, Summerlin Road, Brent Wesley, and Channing Wilson.

On Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June
(10:00 AM – 6:00 PM/CT), ABC returns to the 2012 CMA Fest with the ABC
Summer Block Party featuring special appearances by your favorite ABC stars, musical
performances, autograph signings, games, giveaways, photos, and much more! Friday
only, The ABC Summer Block Party will also feature Nashville’s own Grilled
Cheeserie Truck to take care of Fest goers hunger with sandwiches provided and
inspired by ABC’s
The Chew.  

The annual YWCA Celebrity
Auction will take place on The Buckle Stage on
Sunday, June 10 (11:00 AM –
5:00 PM/CT). Hosted by
Big Kenny and GAC’s “Headline Country”
host/executive producer
Storme Warren, this annual auction has raised more
than $1.5 million to support the services of the YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence
Center. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on items donated by Jason Aldean,
Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor
Swift, and Keith Urban.

Carl Black Chevrolet will have a booth in The Buckle
where fans can get autographs from their favorite Country stars. Artists scheduled
to sign in the Carl Black Chevrolet booth include
Ryan Beaver, Wade
Bowen, Lee Brice, Bush Hawg, Craig Campbell, Kristy Lee Cook, Brett Eldredge,
Rachel Farley, THE FARM, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, Dustin
Lynch, Kip Moore, James Otto, Josh Thompson, Phil Vassar
, and Mark Wills.

New to
the Festival this year, Jelly Belly will be in The Buckle giving attendees the
opportunity to try some of their newest flavors including Snapple flavored beans
and chocolate covered jelly beans called chocolate dips. Fans can also spin the
Beanboozled Wheel and dare to taste Jelly Belly’s weird and wild flavors like
rotten egg, moldy cheese, or canned dog food. Music lovers can also get a photo
taken at the photo booth and be a part of the Mr. Jelly Belly Band.

Visit the
Wrangler Booth in The Buckle for a chance to win exciting prizes and get autographs
from your favorite artists.

Fans can cool off in The Buckle at the PEAK Performance
Experience and play the PEAK Trivia Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.
Attendees can also win “Free Gas” compliments of PEAK Performance Products.


Located off of Broadway
and Fourth Avenue, Fan Alley will host a variety of activities and exhibits.

in Fan Alley, The Chevrolet Roadhouse will be a unique downtown destination where
fans can experience, create and share the Country lifestyle. Attendees can check
out a variety of Chevrolet vehicles, cool off with refreshing iced tea at the
Tea Bar, perform, record and share a Country Music video with friends in a vehicle,
and create personalized and sharable digital concert show prints. The Chevrolet
Roadhouse stage will feature performances by artists including
Weston Burt, Due
West, Erin Enderlin, Flynnville Train, Adam Gregory, Amber Hayes, High Valley,
Imaj, Zach Lockwood, Rachele Lynae, Josh Mullins, Gary Quinn, Chase Rice, The
Roys, Matt Stillwell
, and Jason Thomas.

Every day 10:00
AM/CT, The Lodge in Fan Alley will feature past HGTV “Design Star”
 contestants Antonio Ballatore,
Todd Davis, Emily Henderson
, and Josh Johnson will design a
room based on hit Country songs in its very own “White Room Challenge” area.
The designers will also discuss their respective designs with fans each day. The
Lodge’s GAC Living Country Stage will showcase several country star
performances, signing events and special appearances, such as
Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley,
Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Thompson Square,
and more. DIY Network’s
Vanilla Ice of “The Vanilla Ice Project” is also stopping by
for a special appearance.  Additionally, fans will have the chance to meet
and take photos with HGTV’s “Junk Gypsies”
Amie and Jolie
; “The Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan
; and “Going Yard’s” Chris Lambton. Adding to the
Nashville experience, comedian and vacation expert
Bert Kreischer is also going
to be on location to film an upcoming episode of his new Travel Channel series, “Trip
.”  CMA Music Festival attendees and fans will
have the opportunity to attend various autograph signings and acoustic performances
from a host of country artists and HGTV and DIY Network stars. Fans can enter
for the chance to attend by visiting

Jack in
the Box® will have their brand new food truck in Fan Alley. The Jack Burger Truck
will be selling Jumbo Jack® burgers for $1.00 all weekend long, with proceeds
going to support Keep the Music Playing, CMA’s music education initiative. Visitors
will also be treated to interactive games on the vehicle’s digital menu board,
Jack in the Box giveaways, and exclusive offers.

The Ultimate Air Dogs,
a perennial fan favorite, will be back this year in Fan Alley, entertaining attendees
with their high-flying athletics. Hosted by former Detroit Tigers 1984 World Series
Matt Wilcox, the Ultimate Air Dogs will compete
Thursday through Sunday, June 8-10 at Noon, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM.

Soleil Bella® Beach

The BIC® Soleil
Bella® Beach, located in Walk of Fame Park, is the place for sand, songs, and
sunny surprises. Festival-goers can enjoy the music from the Soleil Bella Beach
Stage (hosted by
Myla Thomas of WBVR Radio and Jim Quinton with WPPL Radio)
while relaxing on the real sand beach. Outdoor lovers can also play a game of
volleyball and cool off in a misting tent. For a complete list of artists performing visit


Fans will be able to get
up close and personal with the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. These gentle giants
will be stabled in Walk of Fame Park adjacent to the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone
Arena plaza allowing attendees a chance to take photos of these equine stars.

miss the great live music at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza. Hosted
by WSM-AM’s
Bill Cody and Music City 411 host Shane Tallant, the Bud Light
stage is always a popular spot.

On First Avenue adjacent to Chevrolet
Riverfront Park you will find The Grub Hub, where attendees can purchase food
from a variety of Nashville’s favorite food trucks including Deg Thai, Latin
Wagon, Mere Bulles, Riffs, Smoke Et Al, and Yayo’s OMG.

On Thursday, June
, from 11:00AM – 12:30PM/CT, The Field & Stream Celebrity Total
Outdoorsman Challenge will take place on the western banks of the Cumberland in
Lot R at LP Field. Celebrities will show off their skills in shooting, fly fishing
and archery. On
Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, from 9:00 AM – 5:00
PM/CT, The Field & Stream Regional Total Outdoorsman Challenge will take place.

temperatures during the CMA Music Festival can often soar into the high 90s with
high humidity, which has prompted medical officials to ask visitors to take necessary
precautions while in the heat. First aid stations will be located throughout the
festival, staffed by Vanderbilt LifeFlight Event Medicine, which has provided
emergency medical coverage for the festival for the past five years. To avoid heat exhaustion:

  • Avoid
    intense outdoor activity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the hottest part of the day
  • Rest frequently
    in the shade when outdoors
  • Wear light-colored and lightweight clothing
  • Cover
    up — wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen of 15 SPF or greater
  • Drink
    even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine 

Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a celebration
of America’s music that takes over downtown Nashville June 7-10 with non-stop
concerts on multiple stages with a vast and varied roster of artists. CMA Music
Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s
LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music
Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair®
is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country
Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Music Festival.
BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are
the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.  Connect with CMA online at, and

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