NASHVILLE – Country Music
fans attending the 2016 CMA Music Festival will be ready to party on the Cumberland with
the announcement of performers for the Riverfront Stage. From legendary acts
to Country’s newest rising stars, the roster includes nearly 40 acts who will
appear during the FREE daily concerts.
CMA Awards nominee Jake Owen will
officially kick off the festivities at the downtown venue Thursday, June 9 (10:00 AM/CT). Owen will arrive at the Riverfront
Stage in style, as only the Florida native singer could, via boat with a
VIP sweepstakes winner and their guest. In honor of the Riverfront Stage announcement,
CMA is holding a “Jake Owen – CMA Music Festival 2016 VIP Experience Sweepstakes”
that offers two tickets to CMA Music Festival including airfare and hotel accommodations,
a special meet and greet with Owen, plus a spot side stage to take in Owen’s
Riverfront Stage performance.
Fans can enter to win at
countrymu.sc/JakeVIP. Sweepstakes ends Thursday, April 14, 2016 at
“CMA Fest offers an unparalleled
experience for fans to interact with and discover artists, while seeing their
favorites perform,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. “Festival-goers tell us every year how much they enjoy the variety
of quality acts on our stages and Jake is the perfect artist to launch four days
of free concerts on the riverbank.”
Joining the lineup for
their debut appearances on the Riverfront Stage are A Thousand Horses,
Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Cam,
Chase Bryant, Brandy Clark, Brooke Eden,
High Valley, Home Free, Chris Janson,
Chris Lane, Maren Morris, Old Dominion,
Michael Ray, and Granger Smith.
Other performers scheduled to appear
on the Riverfront Stage include Rodney Atkins, Terri
Clark, Charles Esten, Tyler Farr, Jana
Kramer, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Lewis,
LOCASH, Love and Theft, Maddie &
Tae, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, Lorrie
Morgan, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric
Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Canaan Smith,
Corey Smith, The Cadillac Three, Thompson
Square, Phil Vassar, and Darryl Worley.
Paslay revealed his performance slot Thursday via a CMA Facebook Live broadcast.
To celebrate the announcement
of the Riverfront Stage lineup in the Official CMA Music Festival App, Atkins,
Esten, Farr, Kramer, Love and Theft, McCreery, Granger Smith, and Thompson
Square participated in Twitter Q&A chats with fans from 10:00 AM/CT to 5:30 PM/CT Tuesday.