Everything You Need to Know About CMA Fest 2019
CMA Fest is a four-day musical event that's happened every year in Nashville, Tenn., since 1972. Country music's hottest stars, the genre's legends and up-and-coming acts play across multiple stages and multiple days in downtown Music City.
Want the scoop on CMA Fest 2019? From artist lineups to after-parties and charity events, we've got the info right here. Read on for all the details.
When and Where Is CMA Fest 2019?
CMA Fest 2019 will take place in Nashville on June 6-9. In addition to the festival's big, nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, the event will feature performances on the Riverfront Stage, the Forever Country Stage and more. The event also includes Fan Fair X, which encompasses artist Q&As, autograph signings and additional events.
Also, throughout the week of CMA Fest 2019, numerous artists will host fan club parties and charity-focused events. Check out the FAQ section of the CMA Fest website and The Boot's full CMA Fest coverage for more information.
Who’s Performing at CMA Fest 2019?
The Country Music Association announced 2019's initial CMA Fest lineup exclusively on its mobile app on March 4, and the organization continued to add to the lineup throughout the following weeks. Headliners for Nissan Stadium include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, among others.
Chase Rice, Brett Young and Cody Johnson will headline the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Fest 2019. The stage, which was part of the CMA Fest lineup for the past two years as well, will also feature performances from Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Tyler Farr, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis and more artists on June 6-8.
The Chevy Riverfront Stage, meanwhile, will be jam-packed each day. Performers on that stage include A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Jessie James Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Dickerson, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Gone West, Riley Green, Hunter Hayes, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LoCash, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mason Ramsey, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Granger Smith, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.
On the Budweiser Forever Country Stage, artists from decades past will perform. Fans will be able to catch Keith Anderson, Deana Carter, John Carter Cash, Joe Diffie, George Ducas, Charles Esten, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, Honky Tonkin’ With Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Lonestar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kendell Marvel, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, the Nelsons, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, the Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Sister Hazel, Ricky Skaggs, Kiefer Sutherland, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson and Darryl Worley on that stage.
The Chevy Breakout Stage at Walk of Fame Park will spotlight artists on the rise including Dillon Carmichael, Travis Denning, Clare Dunn, Hardy, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack, the Wild Feathers and more. Over at the Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza, Troy Cartwright, Ross Ellis, Willie Jones, the Last Bandoleros, Kalie Shorr and more will be playing, while Nora Collins, Erin Enderlin, Jenny Tolman, Emily Ann Roberts, the Wandering Hearts and more will be playing the Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage.
At Fan Fair X, Trisha Yearwood, Old Dominion and more artists will be part of the activities on the Close Up Stage. Intended to provide a more intimate setting for music and stories, the stage will feature performances, panels and interviews, including a discussion of Ken Burns' new Country Music miniseries with director Dayton Duncan, Marty Stuart and Kathy Mattea, along with "Jesus Calling," a conversation with Randy and Mary Travis. Fan Fair X also includes performances on the Radio Disney Country Stage and the Spotlight Stage.
Who else is playing the 2019 CMA Music Festival? Stay up to date via the scheduling page of the CMA Fest website.
What Other Events Are Happening During CMA Fest 2019?
In addition to all of the CMA-sanctioned events during CMA Fest 2019, numerous artists host fan club parties and other festivities that are not included with CMA Fest admission. On Monday night (June 3), Darius Rucker will once again host his Darius & Friends benefit concert. The charity event benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
On Tuesday (June 4), Keith Urban will headline the 15th annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert. The show -- which raises funds for the food bank that serves Middle Tennessee -- will also feature performances from Hardy, viral star Mason Ramsey and Madison Kozak, along with songwriter Lee Miller. Tickets for the show, which is hosted by songwriter and Big Loud Records founder Craig Wiseman, are on sale now via Ticketmaster or the Ryman Box Office.
Marty Stuart's annual Late Night Jam will also be part of 2019's week of CMA Fest activities in Nashville. Stuart and a hand-selected crew of guests will head to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday (June 5) at 9PM CT; this year's lineup includes Steve Miller, Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Tyler Childers.
Miranda Lambert, meanwhile, will lead another Mutt March at CMA Fest 2019. Part of her animal-focused charity MuttNation's 10th anniversary celebration, the event will find the country superstar, fans and their pups parading through Nashville, from Nissan Stadium to the Music City Walk of Fame Park on Thursday (June 6) at 8:30AM. During CMA Fest, MuttNation will also host an adoption drive as part of Fan Fair X.
Thomas Rhett will celebrate the release of his new album Center Point Road with a performance during CMA Fest 2019. Rhett will take the stage at Bridgestone Arena on June 8, one week after the album hits shelves on May 31, for a "stripped-down, in-the-round" performance, complete with insight into each song from the artist. Tickets are $25 and are available via ThomasRhett.com.
The Grand Ole Opry's CMA Fest 2019 festivities include special shows scheduled for June 4-8. Chris Janson, Carrie Underwood and Travis Tritt will all perform at the Opry throughout the week of CMA Fest 2019; a free Opry Plaza Party will begin the festivities on Tuesday afternoon (June 4). Fans can score tickets and find out more about the Grand Ole Opry's CMA Fest 2019 week events at Opry.com.
Also during CMA Fest 2019, Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant and bar will host more than 50 performances from some of country music's biggest artists. Shelton's Lower Broadway establishment will be home to the Spotify House, which will host daily performances from artists including Lil Nas X, Cody Johnson, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, Brantley Gilbert, Midland and many more. The Spotify House at Ole Red will be open June 6-9, with daytime performances running 11:30AM-7PM and late-night jam sessions scheduled 7:30PM-2AM. Fans can check out the full lineup of artists on Ole Red's website.
How Can I Attend CMA Fest 2019?
CMA Fest's outdoor daytime stages are free and open to the public, but Fan Fair X, the Ascend Amphitheater shows and the Nissan Stadium shows do require tickets. Tickets for CMA Fest 2019 are available now via the festival's website, at various price points.
Fan club and charity-focused events during CMA Fest have their own ticketing requirements.
How Can I Watch What's Happening at CMA Fest 2019?
During CMA Fest 2019, The Boot will share photos, videos and all of the biggest news from the fest. For those who want to see even more from the event, ABC will air CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer, a three-hour TV special featuring footage from the fest's Nissan Stadium performances, on Aug. 4 at 8PM ET. Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will co-host the show for a third consecutive year, with country radio DJ Bobby Bones serving as a special guest host.
Here's the full list of performances for CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer:
- Kelsea Ballerini – “Miss Me More”
- Kelsea Ballerini and the Chainsmokers – “This Feeling”
- Dierks Bentley – “Living”
- Brothers Osborne – “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
- Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn– “Hard Workin’ Man”
- Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde – “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”
- Kane Brown – “Good as You”
- Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”
- Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
- Dan + Shay – “All to Myself”
- Florida Georgia Line – “Talk You Out of It”
- Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell – “What Happens in a Small Town”
- Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”
- Miranda Lambert – “Locomotive”
- Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban – “Old Town Road”
- Little Big Town – “The Daughters”
- Tim McGraw and Luke Combs – “Real Good Man”
- Midland – “Mr. Lonely”
- Maren Morris – “Girl”
- Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile – “Common”
- Old Dominion – “Make It Sweet”
- Pistol Annies – “Sugar Daddy”
- Rascal Flatts – “Back to Life”
- Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”
- Thomas Rhett – “Look What God Gave Her” and “T-Shirt”
- Carrie Underwood – “Southbound”
- Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett – Medley of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
- Keith Urban – “We Were”
- Brett Young – “Here Tonight”
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