NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The CMA Music Festival will soon take over downtown Nashville.
Hunter Hayes was on hand as the organization announced several enhancements for the ultimate country music fan experience scheduled June 11-14.
The relationship of the artists and the fans takes center stage at CMA music fest, but this year there will be even more opportunities
“One of the best feelings in the world, when you make music, is to make the connection with someone,” Hayes explained to News 2.
Hayes will be a featured Artist of the Day on the CMA Close Up stage inside the Music City Center for the AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X.
“This festival is so unique because it’s the only place you can have that connection as profound as it is. Meeting the fans, getting to talk to them, getting to hang out with them, getting to do surprise performances, getting to do the crazy coffee house that we did last year, whatever, those moments are what you live for. That’s why you make this music,” Hayes said.
While the festival has a rich history with the fans, the future is the students.
Over the years, funds from the festival have provided tens of thousands of students access to instruments and music education programs, which is another reason artists such as Hayes perform for free.
“It’s so much more than a performance and it’s so much more than just one CMA Fest experience. It’s a series of things that the CMA does to provide the music for tomorrow,” he said.
Among those performing at the four-day festival are Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Tickets to the nightly concerts at LP Field are sold out.