Thursday, June 11, 2015
– The annual rite known as the CMA Music Festival got underway today in Nashville.
The festivities started with Gary Allan at 10 a.m. on the Riverfront stage. Musicians were playing six different stages during the morning and afternoon. Among those playing during the day were The Cadillac Three, Ashley Monroe, Maddie & Tae, Dan + Shay, Rodney Atkins and Montgomery Gentry.
The big event are the nightly concerts at LP Field, headlined by Alan Jackson. Others on the bill included Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. During the show, Jackson paid tribute to Jim Ed Brown, an incoming member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, who died earlier in the day, by playing "Pop A Top."
Fans also got the chance to meet and greet their favorite artists.
The festival continues through Sunday.