2016 CMA Music Festival Day 3By William Simpson • Jun 12th, 2016 • Category: Festivals, Live Show Reviews
Article by William Simpson and Megan Simpson
Day 3 of the 2016 CMA Music Festival started off beautifully with nice weather and a lot of good sunshine, although the forecast for later in the day was near 100 degrees. Fan poured in the Fan Fair X building, the stages and onto Broadway. There was a large mass of fans that got up early to kick their Saturday off with some good music and the chance to meet their idols.
The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage kicked off the festivities with the great and beautiful Lorrie Morgan. What a show this legend can put on with her energy and all the hits she has had over the years. Following Morgan was Love and Theft and another big star with a lot of hits, Rodney Atkins. Some of the other artists gracing the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage was Corey Smith, Jana Kramer, Canaan Smith, and Brooke Eden. The fans at the Chevrolet Cruze Park Stage saw such acts as newcomer multi-talented Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Jamie Lynn Spears, Russell Dickerson, Maggie Rose, and Halfway to Hazard. The Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Café welcomed new artist Ruthie Collins, Adam Craig, Rae Solomon, Jon Langston among others. The Marshall Tucker Band performed at the AT&T Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater. Followed by a show of Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots who welcomed a barrage of ladies to the stage such as Natalie Stovall, Lindsay Ell, Lucy Silvas, Danielle Bradberry, Cassadee Pope, Maddie & Tae, and Hillary Scott.
Inside Fan Fair X along with all the artists visiting with the fans and signing autographs, The CMA Close Up Stage presented artist of the day Martina McBride. Also the stage had a fun rendition of Game Show with a celebrity panel of Bill Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Kristian Bush, Mark Wills, JT Hodges, and Olivia Lane where the selected audience members got to try to match answers with celebrities. There was also a sit down with Billy Ray Cyrus on his new CMT comedy series “Still The King.” Sarah Darling, John Berry accompanies by his wife Robin, Jamie O’Neal, Jeff Bates, and Bucky Covington, were some of the artists on the Durango Music Spot.
The Marshall Tucker Band sang the National Anthem to start the night at Nissan Stadium. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, rocker Steven Tyler, and Blake Shelton performed.