2016 CMA Music Festival Day 4By William Simpson • Jun 13th, 2016 • Category: Festivals, Live Show Reviews
Article by William Simpson
I’m always a touch sad on the last day of CMA Music Festival but all the great people you meet and all the great music has to stop sometimes. But before that end comes we have one more day of great music.
Darryl Worley opened the last day of fun and music on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Kellie Pickler followed Worley to start a day of great music on the water. After Pickler was the band Parmalee, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith, and the sensation Cam. Following Cam cam the amazing and very energetic Phil Vassar. Vassar puts on one of the best shows you will ever see. Ending the day at the riverfront was Tyler Farr, Old Dominion, and Locash. Tracy Lawrence and his friends performed at the AT&T Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater. Sunday saw performers such as Mark Wills, Jack Ingram, Mickey Guyton, Keith Anderson, and Andy Griggs at the Chevrolet Cruze Park Stage.
Many artists showed up inside Fan Fair X on the last day of the CMA Festival to meet their fans. Over on the Durango Music Spot Stephanie Quayle opened the day followed by Aaron Tippin, Ashton Shepherd, and Marty Brown. The husband and wife stars of Kelly Lang and T.G. Sheppard played single sets split the Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Lorraine Jordan and Sylvia closed the day on the Durango Music Spot. After each performance the artists take the time to meet their fans and sign autographs at the Durango booth. Charles Kelley was the artist of the day on the CMA Close Up Stage. Parmalee and Thompson Square also spent time at the CMA Close Up Stage.
To close out a very entertaining 2016 CMA Music Festival the fans preceded across the river to Nissan Stadium to hear Ray Stevens sing the National Anthem. On this night the country music fans that have made Nashville their home for the last 4 days enjoyed a night of good music featuring Exile, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Brett, Eldredge, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban.
2016 proved to be a very enjoyable year with what seemed to be more fans than what came last year. It was a hot weekend but no rain and everyone looked to having the time of their lives and everyone was looking forward to returning in 2017 for even more great country music.
Each nights shows at Nissan Stadium was filmed and will be aired on Wednesday August 3rd as “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on ABC. Be sure to catch the show.