It's hard to beat a music fest that has its focus on fans as much as the CMA Music fest does. It is unique and very special. Music City shows its very best and the artists give their fans every ounce they've got of their undivided attention and then some.
It started in 1972 as Fan Fair to cater to the fans, and it still does, with up close performances, autograph signings and meet-and-greets. People travel from all over the country and the entire world to experience this artist-and-fans interactive experience. Surprise appearances by super star artists on the smaller stages do happen daily.
Walking around in the only two year young building Music City Center, where the Fan Fair X is being held, is an experience in itself. Don't forget to read the lyric fragments of famous songs inscribed in the marble when you're walking up the stairs to enter. In the event hall there is everything from performances and special interaction activities like taking your photo with your idol to looking at memorabilia and then there's food, snacks and drinks when walking around and interacting has your system asking for a re-fuel.
At the center of the exhibition hall, items like autographed merchandise, guitars and meet and greets donated by stars and celebrities were on display with accompanying bidding sheets for the Sixth Annual CMA Celebrity Auction. This year the auction raised $150,000, which is an $50,000 increase from last year. The items were donated by artist like Jason Aldean, George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan and more.
AT&T U-verse was he sponsor of Fan Fair X for the third consecutive year in a row.
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Fans Going up the stairs and the escalators to Fan Fair X. There were around 50 people per minute going up the escalator.
Inside Dailey & Vincent's Tour Bus
Lady Antebellum Autographed Painting at silent auction benefitting the CMA Foundation. When we were there the bid was at $450.
The Entrance To AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X
What Music Means Notes