CMA Fest Broadcast To Air On ABC Tonight

Thursday, Aug 04, 2016

Remember that time Keith Urban joined Luke Bryan on stage at CMA Music Festival for a guitar duel that culminated in a sweat-drenched six-man jam at the front of the stage?

Relive Bryan’s closing performance and more highlights from CMA Music Festival – the Country Music Association’s annual four-day country music event — Wednesday with “CMA Music Festival: Country' s Night to Rock."

Hosted by Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge, the three-hour concert event will air at 7 p.m. on ABC.

CMA Music Festival is held each June in downtown Nashville and this year offered hundreds of country music performances on multiple stages. More than 88,000 fans filled downtown Nashville daily for the festival, climaxing each night with a five-hour concert event at Nissan Stadium featuring the top stars in the country music genre.

ABC’s cameras rolled during the nightly stadium shows that this year also included Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell and Eric Church.

Collaborations made for many highlights during the festival, which are also included during the television special. Chris Young and Cassadee Pope performed their hit “Think of You.” Chris Janson and Justin Moore jumped in on Hank Williams Jr.’s “Born to Boogie.”

Cam and Lady Antebellum created a moment with a duet on Cam’s breakthrough hit “Burning House.”

Little Big Town had its producer Pharrell Williams on stage, Steven Tyler brought out Martina McBride, Maren Morris made a surprise appearance during the Rascal Flatts set and Dierks Bentley introduced country music fans to his duet partner Grammy-nominated rock singer Elle King.

King is featured on Bentley’s currently single “It’s Different for Girls” and told fans at Nissan Stadium she’s his “new best friend.”

“Check it out,” Bentley said. “She can drink like Blake Shelton. She can play the banjo like Earl Scruggs.”

When Bentley brought King on stage and asked her how she was, she bellowed: “Drunk.”

Fans loved her immediately.

Four-day passes to 2017’s CMA Music Festival, set for June 8-11 in downtown Nashville, are $200-$410 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

In addition to admission to CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, the passes also include access to Fan Fair X at Music City Center, which includes autograph booths and multiple in door stages. CMA Music Festival’s other outdoor stages are free and open to the public.

Watch “CMA Music Festival: Country' s Night to Rock" 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.


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