CMA’s next round of performers to the CMA Music Festival’s Nightly LP Field Concerts were announced today with Josh Turner and Trace Adkins leading the way. Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Danny Gokey, Randy Houser and Justin Moore all join the previously announced performers which include the Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Billy Currington, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.
A long-time supporter of the event, Adkins will be making his 10th consecutive appearance as a part of the Nightly Concerts appearing every year since the event moved to Downtown Nashville in 2001. Adkins has received five CMA Award nominations including two in 2009 for Single and Music Video of the Year, both for "You're Gonna Miss This."
Both Corbin and "American Idol" season eight finalist Gokey have made strong impressions on Country Music fans this year, and they will soon become a part of the CMA Music Festival legacy when they make their debuts at the 2010 event.
While Houser will make his third appearance at CMA Music Festival, this year will mark his debut as a part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. He performed on the Riverfront Park Daytime Stage in 2008 and 2009. Houser also received two 2009 CMA Award nominations for New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Boots On."
Moore last performed during the 2008 CMA Music Festival on the Riverfront Park Daytime Stage, but he didn't miss out on last year's event. The singer welcomed fans during "The Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade," and he spent one-on-one time with his fans in the Fan Fair® Exhibit Hall. This year Moore returns to performing for Festival goers in a big way with his debut on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field.
Shelton, a two time CMA Award nominee, has appeared six times at the Festival since his debut in 2001 and will make his return to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field after a three year absence.
Making his fifth consecutive appearance on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, Turner made his debut on the Riverfront Park Daytime Stage in 2004 and has since garnered five CMA Award nominations.
Now in its 39th year, CMA Music Festival began as Fan Fair in 1972 as a unique celebration of the relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA. More than 2,000 Country acts, from the legends and superstars to today's rising hit makers and hopefuls, have lent their time and talent to the event over the decades.
The artists participate for free, and in appreciation, CMA donates half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Keep the Music Playing program. To date, $3.3 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies, providing thousands of Metro Nashville Public Schools students with the resources and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of them a strong reason to remain in school.
Nashville's signature music event features concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more. This unparalleled celebration of America's music draws thousands of fans and media from all corners of the globe to Nashville. CMA Music Festival was dubbed the "crown jewel of Country Music festivals" by USA Today and winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2004, 2006, and 2008 LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year.
CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, has been updated for 2010. In addition to up-to-the-minute information about tickets, schedules, and artist appearances, there are new features to enhance interactivity on the site including CMA's venture into the blogging world. Fans will be able to comment on blog posts such as event history, tips, and personal experiences, as well as Top 10 lists to help attendees better plan their Festival experience. Fans are able to submit their own Festival stories and photos. Accepted submissions are featured on the CMAfest.com site. Fans can also visit the "Connect" page to sign up for CMA Exclusive e-news and join the CMA MOB mobile community, plus link through to CMA's Facebook (www.facebook.com/CountryMusicAssociation), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/CountryMusic), MySpace (www.MySpace.com/cmamusicfestival), and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc) pages.
Tickets are available but selling fast. Available four-day ticket prices range from $110 to $155. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.ticketmaster.com to buy online or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Four-day ticket package categories correspond to a different level of seating at LP Field. Children three years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378).
A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are available. Call toll-free 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) to order. The price is $60 for vans/shuttles and $1 20 for RVs/motor coaches. Regular car spaces are sold out. Prices do not include handling fee. Spaces are limited, and no overnight parking is allowed. All persons planning to park at LP Field must pre-purchase the parking pass. Free shuttles (for four-day registrants) will run daily between major Festival event locations.
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.