CMA has announced a long list of activities taking place at Fan Fair X during the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Between the autograph signings, concerts, celebrity panels and more, there are countless hours of entertainment and activities for fans to take part in.
“Fan Fair X continues to be the uniting thread between the original Fan Fair and what we now know as CMA Music Festival 45 years later,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Creating opportunities for fans to interact with a favorite artist or meet a new rising star is what has distinguished our Festival throughout the years. The ongoing tradition of Fan Fair takes place each day inside Fan Fair X and creates memories our attendees will treasure for years to come.”
Fans can enjoy the following activities during CMA Fest week from Thursday to Sunday, June 9-12 (9:30 AM-5:00 PM). Venue doors open at 9:30 AM/CT each day.
Artist of the Day
Every morning, an artist will kick off the daily activities. On Thursday, June 9, Hillary Scott and her family will celebrate their new gospel album with a performance and Q&A. Nashville star Charles Esten will be the featured artist on Friday, following by Martina McBride on Saturday and Charles Kelley on Sunday.
CMA Close Up Stage
The CMA Close Up Stage is bigger and better than ever before. It will feature special performances, panels, presentations and much more. “The CMA Close Up Stage continues to grow in popularity with the fans every year because it is precisely the type of setting so unique to Fan Fair X and CMA Music Festival,” said Trahern. “This is where fans can hear directly from the artist about aspects of their career or life and gives fans a unique opportunity to dive deeper into an artist’s story.”
The CMA Close Up Stage includes:
• Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels discusses his career with WSM-AM host Bill Cody
• “Music is Medicine” with Marie Osmond
• Behind the Scenes of “I Saw the Light”: Hank Williams’ Legacy with Marc Abraham, Holly Williams, and Jett Williams
• USO Tour Veterans: An Inside Look with Rod Essig, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler
• Stars of the Grand Old Opry – “Girl Talk” featuring Lorrie Morgan, Jeannie Seely, and friends
• CMA Game Show with Bill Anderson, Kristian Bush, JT Hodges, Olivia Lane, Lorrie Morgan, and Mark Wills
• Eric Paslay gives exclusive preview of his new album, Dressed in Black (EMI Nashville)
• Panel discussion with the cast of CMT’s new original comedy “Still The King” – Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams, and Madison Iseman
• Finale Screening and Fan Q&A for USA Network’s “Chrisley Knows Best” – hosted by Country star Sara Evans, who appears in the show, and Todd Chrisley
• SESAC songwriters
• “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” anniversary panel with Robert Deaton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ray Stevens, and The Gatlin Brothers
• Not So Newlywed Game featuring Thompson Square
Durango Music Spot
Another stage inside Fan Fair X is the Durango Music Spot. Participating acts will perform and sigh autographs. The lineup includes: Deborah Allen, Katie Armiger, Baillie & the Boys, Moe Bandy, Jeff Bates, John Berry, Marty Brown, T. Graham Brown, Confederate Railroad, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Jimmy Fortune, Janie Fricke, Marty Haggard, Wade Hayes, Lucas Hoge, Lorraine Jordan, Jamie Kent, Kelly Lang, Johnny Lee, Bobby Marquez, Lila McCann, Ronnie McDowell, Moore & Moore, Jamie O’Neal, Shane Owens, Stella Parton, Presley & Taylor, Stephanie Quayle, Collin Raye, Sarah Dunn Band, Seely, Shenandoah, Ashton Shepherd, T.G. Sheppard, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Sylvia, Payton Taylor, The Bellamy Brothers, The Willis Clan, Aaron Tippin, and James Robert Webb.
Radio Disney Country Stage
The Radio Disney Country Stage is brand new to Fan Fair X this year and allows fans to see some of the best up-and-coming acts in country music. Appearances include Lauren Alaina, Drew Baldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Lacy Cavalier, Liddy Clark, Dan + Shay, Lindsay Ell, Farewell Angelina, Matt Gary, Mickey Guyton, Jana Kramer, Olivia Lane, Maddie & Tae, Tegan Marie, Megan & Liz, Cassadee Pope, Kalie Shorr, Granger Smith, and Temecula Road.
Fan Fair X will include many other experiences including dog adoptions with MuttNation, a Nashville Predators booth, 45 shops and artisans and much more! See a full list of activities on CMAfest.com.