Another Successful CMA Fest in the Books

Carrie Underwood
Photo credit: Natasha Moustache/CMA

CMA Fest took place this weekend with live Country Music acts performing throughout downtown Nashville. The Chevy Riverfront Stage reached capacity crowds as Hunter Hayes took the stage Friday afternoon, while the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater saw record attendance in the evening.

Just before CMA Fest started Carrie Underwood posted a video of her son Isaiah welcoming fans to Nashville from the pedestrian bridge. Friday evening, Carrie Underwood delivered an unforgettable Nissan Stadium closing set. And Luke Bryan spoke to a packed house on the CMA Close Up Stage at the Artist of the Day session at Xfinity Fan Fair X.

Fans lined up in front of Music City Center (some as early as 3 am) on Saturday to see Garth Brooks. After answering questions from fans in the audience Garth surprised the crowd by performing a medley of his hits including “Friends In Low Places,” “The Dance,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” and “The River.”

One of the questions asked was if Garth will be opening an eatery on Broadway joining, Blake Shelton, John Rich, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson and Gavin DeGraw. While he didn’t share many details he did say something was in the works.

At Nissan Stadium, Keith Urban kept crowds rocking past midnight, Chris Stapleton delivered a powerful set, and Sam Hunt surprised fans, performing his new single “Downtown’s Dead.”

Sunday night’s final concerts at Nissan Stadium feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line with special guest Bebe Rexha, Backstreet Boys, Morgan Walen, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Cole Swindell, and “CMA Fest” co-host Thomas Rhett.

The CMA Fest app clocked more than 12 million scheduled events throughout all three days of the festival, outpacing last year by more than 1.7 million. Conversations happening around CMA Fest saw more than 227 million in social reach on Saturday.