NASHVILLE – CMA Music Festival announces free
nightly concerts at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage located in downtown
Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Thursday,
June 8 through Saturday, June 10
, beginning at 7:00 PM/CT each evening.

Big and Rich “Bring the Party”
will kick off the 2017 festivities Thursday
with special guests DJ Sinister & the Country Fried Mix and
Cowboy Troy. Additional performers include Deana Carter,
Billy Ray Cyrus, and Country Music Hall of Fame members The
Oak Ridge Boys
, presented by Nash Icon.

Sara Evans will headline Ladies of Country Friday. Also performing are songstresses 3 Girls Rock
into a Bar
featuring Kelleigh Bannen, Ruthie
, and Natalie Stovall; Danielle Bradbery;
Kellie Pickler; and Aubrie Sellers, hosted by
media partner WKRN-TV, ABC’s Channel 2 Nashville.

SiriusXM The Highway presents Saturday with Dan
+ Shay
Hunter Hayes,
 and RaeLynn, with additional performances by newcomers Cale
, Ryan Kinder and Bailey Bryan
, all powered by Warner Sound.

“With tens of thousands of Country Music fans pouring
in from all over the U.S. and over two dozen countries, 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,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

“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,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Senior Vice President of Marketing Don Hoffman

During the Festival, Cracker Barrel will also
launch “Rock-A-Thon,” a rocking chair experience to raise money for the CMA
Foundation, Thursday through Saturday
evening. The brand will bring a little piece of home to downtown Nashville by
displaying 644 rocking chairs, a symbol of its nationwide store count. If Festival-goers
collectively rock at least 150,000 times in a rocker, Cracker Barrel will donate
$15,000 to the CMA Foundation. Fans can follow along online and on smart
phones to track the progress at
For more information on Cracker Barrel activations at CMA Music Fest, follow along
on social media using hashtag #CBMusic.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival benefit music education. Since
2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support
quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf
of the artists who participate in the event for free, impacting the lives of one
million children through the power of music.

Joining the star-packed lineup of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium
to sing the National Anthem each evening will be Phil Vassar on
Thursday alongside the United
States Customs and Border Protection color guard, Brooke Eden
on Friday, the Knoxville,
Tennessee Central High School Bobcat Company choral group
, led by Choral
Director Matt Parks Saturday,
and Restless Heart Sunday.

The HGTV Lodge returns to the 2017 CMA Music
Festival with Country Music’s hottest stars taking the stage in the network’s
popular and unique venue. The 3,500-square-foot HGTV Lodge, located at the corner
of Fourth Avenue and Broadway, will offer Festival-goers the Ultimate Country
Music Fan Experience™, including live musical performances by popular artists
Maren MorrisOld DominionDarius
and Keith Urban, as well as special appearances
by HGTV stars Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine (“Good Bones”), Ben
and Erin Napier
(“Home Town”), Jonathan and Drew Scott
(“Property Brothers”) and Dave and Kortney Wilson (“Masters of Flip”).

The HGTV Lodge, which celebrates its sixth consecutive
year at CMA Fest, also will host performances and autograph signings with many
more Country Music stars, including Lauren Alaina, Bobby
Brothers Osborne, Kane BrownLuke
Russell Dickerson, Tyler FarrChris
Eric Paslay, RaeLynn,
Michael Ray
, Josh Turner and Brett
. Great American Country’s Suzanne Alexander
will serve as the HGTV Lodge emcee during the four-day event.

Social discovery app Bumble is teaming up with Grammy and
seven-time CMA Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum to bring the
“You Look Good” Beetique to CMA Fest on Saturday
from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM/CT at The Bell Tower. The Beetique will feature a beautiful
indoor aesthetic and create a space that complements both Bumble’s mission of
empowering women and the meaning behind the group’s new single — the lighthearted
spirit of feeling good. Bumble users are invited to attend and experience a beauty
bar powered by Sephora and styling studio from The Dry House, as well as a BFF
Lounge, photo booths, a custom menu of bites and refreshments provided by Brancott
Estate Wines, all curated by Cassie Kelley of Womanista.

The event will also feature artist appearances
throughout the day from Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Bannen, Bradbery, CamSara
, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly
of Little Big Town, Megan & Liz, Kacey
, Post Monroe and influencers Caroline
and Brooke Webb of KBStyled. Select attendees
of the Beetique will have the chance to attend the evening’s exclusive private
event “Hottest Date Night Ever” with special performances by Walker
, Lady Antebellum and Young. Fans can follow the event and join
the conversation using hashtags #BumbleBeetique and #YouLookGood, and see highlights
at @Bumble on Instagram

“CMA identified a unique opportunity in partnering
with Bumble for this digital activation so that fans can interact with some of
their favorite artists in an engaging, and more accessible way,” said Damon
, CMA Chief Marketing Officer.

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium
are still available through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Nightly Concert
tickets also include four-day access to Xfinity Fan Fair X. Outdoor daytime stages
including the Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, Budweiser “Forever Country”
Park Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe and the Music City Stage inside
the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena are free and open to the public.

CMA is offering a special CMA Fest Nash Pass
for $50 plus tax which includes a four-day Xfinity Fan Fair X ticket, a self-guided
tour of the Ryman Auditorium (that must be used during the Festival), admission
to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and VIP entry and seating at Ascend
Amphitheater’s nightly concerts. Nash Pass VIP entry will be accessible from
5:00 PM/CT to 7:00 PM/CT. Gates open to the general public at 6:00 PM/CT.

Updates to the Official 2017 CMA Fest App, including
information on more stages, real-time alerts for secret shows, schedule customizations
and share options, and connecting with friends, are all now available. Fans can
also register for CMA Fest Fan Access within the app for a chance to win a VIP
trip for two to the 2018 CMA Fest, airfare, hotel accommodations, and front row
tickets to the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium. Fans who sign up can enter
the Ultimate Fan Experiences Drawing starting Tuesday,
May 30
at 10:00 AM/CT for chances to win meet & greets with artists
and special performances in the HGTV Lodge, plus register their QR code at scan
stations throughout the Festival for chances to win instant prizes. 

The app is available for iOS in the Apple App
Store and Android in the Google Play Store. For more details, visit

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Country Connection
, CMA’s e-newsletter.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association.
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