Monday, June 8, 2009
– Kenny Chesney will be the closing act at the 2009 CMA Music Festival when he takes the stage for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in Nashville on Sunday.
In addition to Chesney, Jason Michael Carroll, Heidi Newfield and Jimmy Wayne will be performing acoustic sets during the Nightly Concerts on the VAULT Concert Stage at LP Field.
The 2009 CMA Music Festival becomes an international affair with the CMA Global Artist Party tonight at The Stage on Broadway. Hosted by Jace Everett, performers include Kirsty Lee Akers (Australia), Victoria Banks (Canada), George Canyon (Canada), Ashley Cooper (New Zealand), Colm Kirwan (Ireland), The McClymonts (Australia), Lucie Silvas (United Kingdom), and Peter McWhirter (Australia).
On Tuesday, starting at 3:30 p.m. at The Second Fiddle, Robert Reynolds hosts the AristoMedia Global Showcase with Tore Andersen (Norway), David Bradley (United Kingdom), Brianie (United Kingdom), Corey Colum (Australia), Dianna Corcoran (Australia), Rolf Fritschi (Switzerland), Pierre Lorry (France), and Codie Prevost (Canada).
The official opening of the festival is at 3 p.m. Wednesday with the Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parad." With Rodney Atkins as Grand Marshal, other artists and celebrities participating include Deborah Allen, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Mandy Barnett, Bo Bice, Bomshel, NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, Caitlin & Will, Carter Twins, Brad Cotter, Sarah Darling, Due West, "The Biggest Loser's" Dan Evans, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Halfway to Hazard, Heartland, Ty Herndon, Steve Holy, Jypsi, Kate & Kacey, Sammy Kershaw, Brenda Lee, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, The Lost Trailers, Sean Patrick McGraw, Justin Moore, Megan Munroe, Oak Ridge Boys, One Flew South, Michael Peterson, Collin Raye, NASCAR driver Robert Richardson, Ricochet, Rio Grand, The Roys, Brady Seals, Sunny Sweeney, Trent Tomlinson, Trent Willmon and Chris Young.