Free Nightly Concerts Return to Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest 2018

The Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater will host free shows Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9 during CMA Fest.

Written by Sydney Smith
Free Nightly Concerts Return to Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest 2018
Cole Swindell performs at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 11 at the 2016 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo credit: Dusty Draper / CMA

Back by popular demand, the Country Music Association has announced the return of free nightly concerts at downtown Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Fest. The Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage will host three nights of packed lineups beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9.

Among those slated to take the stage will be Cole Swindell, Lindsay Ell, Craig Campbell, Morgan Evans, Maddie & Tae, and more.

In addition to the star-studded performances, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will also bring back Rock With Us, a rocking chair experience, Thursday through Saturday. Ascend Park and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will transform into a Cracker Barrel front porch with 100 rocking chairs and three giant rockers.

Fans are encouraged to take photos in the rockers and post on social media using the hashtag #CMMusic. During the 2017 CMA Fest, Cracker Barrel raised $15,000 for the CMA Foundation through the Rock With Us experience.

Fans can purchase a CMA Fest Nash Pass for $60 allowing VIP early access to the free nightly concerts at Ascend Amphitheater. The Nash Pass also includes a Country Music Hall of Fame tour, a Ryman Auditorium tour, and four-day admission to Fan Fair X at Music City Center.

A limited number of tickets for the nightly CMA Fest concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. These tickets also include four-day access to Fan Fair X. The outdoor daytime stages during CMA Fest are free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 7 presented by BBR Music Group: Chase Bryant, Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Everette, Chase Rice, Runaway June and Granger Smith

Friday, June 8 presented by Red Light Management: Lee Brice, Clare Dunn, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae and Drake White and The Big Fire.

Saturday, June 9 presented by Warner Music Nashville: Cole Swindell, Cale Dodds, Morgan Evans, Michael Ray and Tegan Marie.