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Jake Owen Kicks Off 2016 CMA Music Festival

Jake Owen Kicks Off 2016 CMA Music Festival
NASHVILLE – Country Music fans attending the 2016 CMA Music Festival will be ready to party on the Cumberland with the announcement of performers for the Riverfront Stage. From legendary acts to Country’s newest rising stars, the roster includes nearly 40 acts who will appear during the FREE daily concerts.
CMA Awards nominee Jake Owen will officially kick off the festivities at the downtown venue Thursday, June 9 (10:00 AM/CT). Owen will arrive at the Riverfront Stage in style, as only the Florida native singer could, via boat with a VIP sweepstakes winner and their guest. In honor of the Riverfront Stage announcement, CMA is holding a “Jake Owen – CMA Music Festival 2016 VIP Experience Sweepstakes” that offers two tickets to CMA Music Festival including airfare and hotel accommodations, a special meet and greet with Owen, plus a spot side stage to take in Owen’s Riverfront Stage performance. 
Fans can enter to win at countrymu.sc/JakeVIP. Sweepstakes ends Thursday, April 14, 2016 at
11:59 PM/CT.

“CMA Fest offers an unparalleled experience for fans to interact with and discover artists, while seeing their favorites perform,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Festival-goers tell us every year how much they enjoy the variety of quality acts on our stages and Jake is the perfect artist to launch four days of free concerts on the riverbank.” 
Joining the lineup for their debut appearances on the Riverfront Stage are A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Cam, Chase Bryant, Brandy Clark, Brooke Eden, High Valley, Home Free, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Michael Ray, and Granger Smith.
Other performers scheduled to appear on the Riverfront Stage include Rodney Atkins, Terri Clark, Charles Esten, Tyler Farr, Jana Kramer, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Lewis, LOCASH, Love and Theft, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, Lorrie Morgan, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Canaan Smith, Corey Smith, The Cadillac Three, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, and Darryl Worley. Paslay revealed his performance slot Thursday via a CMA Facebook Live broadcast.
To celebrate the announcement of the Riverfront Stage lineup in the Official CMA Music Festival App, Atkins, Esten, Farr, Kramer, Love and Theft, McCreery, Granger Smith, and Thompson Square participated in Twitter Q&A chats with fans from 10:00 AM/CT to 5:30 PM/CT Tuesday.

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