Want to relive CMA Music Fest? Now you can! On September 1, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airs from 8:00 – 11:00 PM/ET on the ABC Television Network. Tim McGraw will serve as a host for the annual celebration of America’s Music. The special features performances by Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Until then, Dawn Fisher, CMA Communications Coordinator, has compiled a list of our top ten 2010 CMA Music Festival pictures for you to enjoy until the special airs.
10. Riders in the Sky perform in the Durango Acoustic Corner – Opry members, Riders in the Sky, brought a little bit of the West into the Durango Acoustic Corner in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. 2010 was the first year that the Durango Acoustic Corner was simultaneously broadcast live on 650 WSM, the Opry’s radio home.
9. Rodney Atkins gives the “CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” two-thumbs up – Rodney greeted the 14,000 fans lining Broadway as the “CMA Music Festival Kick Off Parade” marked the Festival’s opening. Following the parade, fans were treated by performances from David Nail, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, and Chuck Wicks.
8. Fan Fair Exhibit Hall Opening – CMA staffers affectionately refer to this tradition as “The Running of the Bulls.” Fans will line up outside of the Nashville Convention Center- sometimes for days- for the chance to meet their favorite artists in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall, and when we open the doors, the mad scramble begins. It’s amazing to watch all of these devoted fans pouring into the Exhibit Hall for a chance to meet their favorite artists, but its best if you stay out of their way.
7. “Ultimate K-9’s In Flight” at the Family Zone – CMA Music Festival offers tons of free activities for families in our Family, Fun, Music City, and Sports Zones. The “Ultimate K-9’s in Flight” show took up residence in the Family Zone during the 2010 CMA Music Festival, and this is great shot of this little dog going the distance for his toy.
6. Craig Morgan’s Great View – While performing at the Riverfront Park Daytime Stages, Opry member, Craig Morgan, scaled the stage scaffolding to get a better look at the crowd. The Riverfront Park Daytime stages are free and open to the public, and in 2010, included performances from 45 different artists.
5. A Hug From Taylor Swift – During the 2010 CMA Music festival, Taylor Swift hosted a 15-hour meet and greet with her fans. Held in the Bridgestone Arena, Swift signed autographs and took pictures with fans after giving them an intimate performance of their favorite Swift songs. Taylor also brought along set pieces from her Fearless tour for fans to check out up-close. Taylor’s event is the epitome of CMA Fest’s roots – to bring artists and fans together.
4. Now, This is What I Call a Sing-Along – Brad Paisley wrapped up the CMA Music Festival with his performance on the LP Field stage. During his final song, “Alcohol,” Brad enlisted the help of a few friends: Justin Moore, Darius Rucker, and Chuck Wicks. Other memorable collaborations during the event include Jason Aldean joining Opry member Carrie Underwood during Guns N’ Roses’ classic, Paradise City,” and our next photo.
3. Awwwww – When Blake Shelton was asked where his fiancée, Miranda Lambert, would be during his CMA Fest performance, Shelton told interviewers that she was miles away performing at another festival. When Shelton took the stage to perform their duet, “Home,” Lambert surprised him onstage to sing her part. Both stars looked very happy to see each other – and very much in love.
2. I Like It, I Love It – After a ten year absence from the CMA Music festival, Tim McGraw made his triumphant return to the Festival and even paid a visit to the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Fans flocked to see the superstar while Tim took a moment to take it all in.
1. Nashville Rising – Considering Nashville suffered devastating floods less than six weeks before the CMA Music Festival, this photo captures Country Music’s most loyal fans helping a city get back on its feet.