3-hour primetime concert special to be filmed in Nashville during CMA Fest’s milestone 50th anniversary (June 8-11)
The Country Music Association announced “CMA Fest,” the “Music Event of Summer,” airs Wednesday, July 19 (8 p.m. ET), on ABC. The three-hour primetime concert special, which is set to film in Nashville during CMA Fest’s milestone 50th anniversary later this week, is hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Dierks, Elle and Lainey as our ‘CMA Fest’ hosts this year,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said. “As fans experienced last year, the energy Dierks and Elle bring to the stage is palpable and will only be amplified with the addition of Lainey this year. Each of these artists have a deep passion for ‘CMA Fest’ and country music fans from around the globe who travel to Nashville for the event. We are thrilled to have all three of them together to help us celebrate 50 years!”
A press release stated, “The ‘CMA Fest’ television special will feature never-before-seen performances and surprise collaborations from country music’s most exciting acts. Performances will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson host “CMA Fest,” the “Music Event of Summer,” airing Wednesday, July 19, on ABC. (Photo credit: CMA/ABC. ©2023 American Broadcasting Companies Inc.)
More About ‘CMA Fest’
The “Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience” began in 1972 as “Fan Fair,” which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature country music event that hosts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and 39 international countries. “CMA Fest” is a one-of-a-kind festival with hundreds of artists donating their time to perform so ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation.
This is the 20th consecutive year CMA has produced a summer music program to be broadcast as a network television special on ABC.
The Country Music Association established the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), in 2011 to leverage strategic partnerships, professional development for qualified music teachers and grant distribution to improve and withstand equitable music education programs for all students nationwide. Headquartered in Nashville, the CMA Foundation focuses on providing sustainability, advocacy and accountability within music education by investing in various resources for students, schools and communities.
For more information about CMA Fest, visit CMAfest.com.