The Country Music Association and the City of Nashville have announced today that the CMA Music Festival will be more open than ever before to non-ticket holding fans as the shows on the city's Riverfront Stages will now be open to the public during the four day event on June 11-14th. The CMA and the city also announced the addition of a stage in the public Square of downtown, near the Tennessee capitol building. The first artist announced for that stage, which will feature more than country artists, is Nashville's pop band Gabe Dixon Band.
Fans who still purchase tickets will still have exclusive access to the nightly concerts at LP Field and the convention center where they can meet their favorite artists. While some would say this is a strategic way for Music City to hedge its bets about the festival which draws 21 million dollars into the city's economy, It actually could help the festival continue to grow as now people who want to enjoy the festival but never wanted to pay to see their favorite stars may now choose to come to Music City more than ever before.
Also announced today where the first artists announced as performers on the LP Field stages (click here to read more info).