Black Music Matters Festival

Cyrus, Wy, Dan + Shay play CMA for free

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – The 2014 CMA Music Festival will feature the likes of Dan + Shy, Craig Campbell, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynonna and Frankie Ballard playing for free on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The lineup for the free daily concerts from June 5-8 in downtown Nashville has more than 50 artists from veterans to newcomers.

CMA Award nominees Big & Rich will officially kick off the Festival when they take the stage on Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. eastern. This will mark the first time the duo will hit the Riverfront stage together, setting the pace for the music-filled days to follow.

"Big & Rich will bring a great energy to the official start of the Festival, and I know our fans will not want to miss their performance," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Performers scheduled to hit the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Uncle Kracker, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley and Charlie Worsham.

The lineup includes 6 CMA Award winners and 15 CMA Award nominees. Twelve artists will be making their Riverfront debut, including four Festival newcomers.

"This outstanding lineup, paired with the artists performing at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, represent the best in country music from past to present to future," said Trahern. "The Riverfront shows are always a highlight of CMA Music Festival, and with the caliber of talent, this year is sure to be no exception."

Four-day ticket holders are able to enter 45 minutes before the general public. Fans do not need to have tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field to attend concerts at Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.

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