CMA Music Fest announces Thursday & Friday Nightly Concerts lineup

The Country Music Association has announced the artists who will be appearing Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th as part of the Nightly Concerts at CMA Music Festival. Thursday’s lineup was announced on March 9th and features Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts while Friday’s lineup has been announced as Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Hank Williams, Jr.  Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Each Wednesday in March CMA will announce the lineup for a different Nightly Concert at Nissan Stadium. Loyal fans who downloaded the CMA Music Festival app learned the news a full 24 hours before the announcement was made to the general public.

“The fans are the heart of CMA Music Festival,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “Nissan Stadium sells out every year before we announce who will be performing, and it is fitting that those fans who support this event so loyally should be the first to see this outstanding lineup.”

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.

This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the Nissan Stadium stage.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.

Fans who were not able to purchase tickets to the Nightly Concerts are still able to enjoy non-stop music, fan engagement, and artist experiences through numerous free stages and events across town and by experiencing Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

Tickets to Fan Fair X are available now at (Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10th and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.