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ABC hosts summer's hottest concert special, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock'

by jmaloni

Press release

Thu, Jul 11th 2013 12:30 am

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will host the summer's hottest television music event, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Monday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

The three-hour special boasts a stellar lineup and will feature performances and appearances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the cast of "Duck Dynasty," "Nashville" star Charles Esten, Hunter Hayes, "Dancing with the Stars" champion Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Lennon and Maisy Stella of "Nashville," Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.

Filmed June 6-9, the special features behind-the-ropes access and interviews, day-in-the life segments, late-night jams, exciting performances, and surprise collaborations. This is the 10th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind special, which showcases America's biggest country music bash.

Originally started as "Fan Fair" in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in the format. What started with 5,000 fans has grown to a daily attendance of more than 80,000 representing every state and 27 foreign countries. The primetime television special, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," debuted in 2004 as a two-hour special highlighting the festival and Music City. The ABC Television network has aired the special since 2005, and expanded the program to three hours in 2009. The special will air annually on ABC through 2021.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is a four-day celebration of America's music.

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