Reba McEntire (Associated Press photo)
NASHVILLE – The 2009 CMA Music Festival, recently named “the country’s premiere Country Music festival” by the New York Times, is planning a full range of experiences for fans, with more than 100 hours of live music, celebrity events, family activities, and more. The event, now in its 38th year, will take place over four days – June 11-14 in downtown Nashville.
CMA Music Festival is a celebration of the relationship between the fans and the artists, and this connection is vividly demonstrated at the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall. Inside the Nashville Convention Center, the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall gives four-day attendees the exclusive opportunity to meet some of their favorite entertainment personalities, discover new rising artists, and obtain an autograph and photo, according to a news release.
“The heart of CMA Music Festival has always been the interaction between the artists and the fans, and the best place to witness that special relationship is in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in the release.
For the first time in 13 years, six-time CMA Award winner Reba McEntire, an Oklahoma native, will be among the artists meeting their fans and signing autographs in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall.
Taylor Swift, 2007 CMA Horizon Award winner, will be signing in the Big Machine Records booth all day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on June 14. Swift is a Fan Fair Hall favorite. Last year, she signed more than 900 autographs in eight straight hours with no break – the longest consecutive signing since Oklahoman Garth Brooks’ legendary 23-hour signing in 1996.
Other Oklahoma stars who will meet with fans in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall include Carrie Undewood, Blake Shelton, Keith Anderson and Point of Grace.
Julianne Hough, Montgomery Gentry, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, and Wynonna will also meet their fans in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall. Other artists scheduled to be in booths include: Frankie Ballard, Luke Bryan, Sarah Buxton, Caitlin & Will, Jason Michael Carroll, Eric Church, Brad Cotter, Bucky Covington, Whitney Duncan, Gloriana, Jessica Harp, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram, Joey + Rory, Jason Jones, Jypsi, Kate and Kacey, Little Big Town, The Lost Trailers, Charlie Louvin, Love & Theft, Neal McCoy, Richie McDonald, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, James Otto, Jake Owen, Michael Peterson, Julie Roberts, Ashton Shepherd, Sunny Sweeney, Aaron Tippin, Trent Tomlinson, Jimmy Wayne, Emily West, Chuck Wicks, Holly Williams, Mark Wills, Darryl Worley, Chris Young, and many more.
Dates and times for the signings are still being scheduled, so fans should check the artists’ Web sites for details. The most current information will also be posted in the individual booths onsite at CMA Music Festival. Artists and schedules are subject to change.
Check for ticket information and other tidbits after the break.
The Durango Acoustic Corner is located outside the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall on the second floor of the Nashville Convention Center. This the first year that Durango has sponsored the Acoustic Corner, a popular daytime stage that features intimate performances from fan favorites and artists on independent labels.
Every artist performing at the Acoustic Corner will also appear in their booth in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall to meet their fans. The artists selected to perform at Acoustic Corner this year are: Razzy Bailey, BroadBand, Don Campbell, John Carter, Will Clements, Timothy Craig, Candice Crain, Justin David, Divas of Daytime TV (a trio consisting of three ABC Daytime actresses: Kathy Brier (“Marcie Walsh”) and Kassie DePaiva (“Blair Manning”) from “One Life to Live,” and Bobbie Eakes (“Krystal Carey”) from “All My Children”), Dan Evans, Billy Gilman, Ben Gregg, KC Johns, Sage Keffer, Jimmy Kish, Miko Marks, Amanda Marsh, John Arthur Martinez, The Roys, Damon Smith, Daniel Smith, Brian Stace, TelluRide, Rhonda Towns, and Rachel Williams. For performance times and artist schedule, please visit www.CMAfest.com.
Entrance into the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall featuring Durango Acoustic Corner is included exclusively in the four-day ticket package, which also includes the nightly concerts on the VAULT Concert Stage at LP Field, exclusive early entrance privileges to the free concerts on the Daytime Stage at Riverfront Park, exclusive access to the Photo Lines at LP Field and Riverfront Park, exclusive access to the event shuttle between venues, admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (June 8-15), and a registration bag, with collectible pin, and 2009 souvenir program book.
This is all in addition to the free areas, which include: Dr Pepper-McDonald’s Family Zone in Hall of Fame Park, ChevyTM Music Stage at the Sommet Center, Chevy Sports Zone, Fun Zone, the GAC Stage in the Music City Zone on the Public Square, the Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade, and the Fourth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party.
To order four-day ticket packages, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com to download an order form that can be faxed or mailed in; visit www.ticketmaster.com to buy online; or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices and participating artists are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.
For up-to-the-minute information about CMA Music Festival tickets, travel information, schedules, artist appearances, and more, visit www.CMAfest.com.