As we are rapidly approaching the prime of the summer concert season, more festival news continues to break across the country.
The CMA Music Festival is already regarded as the best country concert experience, but this year, the Country Music Association has put together one of the best lineups in recent memory. And earlier this week, the list of performers just got a little better.
Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town were both added to the CMA lineup, and, as of right now, are supposed to be the last additions. Lambert will perform on June 7 along with Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band. LBT has been slated into the June 9 lineup, which also includes Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, and Kenny Rogers. All four nightly concerts during the CMA Music Festival will be held at LP Field.
And as always, the national anthem will kick off the festival’s nightly performances with a special rendition every night. The Nashville School of Arts Chamber Choir will sing on June 7, the Oak Ridge Boys on June 8, Julie Roberts on June 9, and Sarah Darling on June 10. All in all, this is shaping up to be an incredible week for country music and its fans.
On a much smaller scale, the Indiana State Fair announced its first set of performers earlier this week. Blake Shelton, Barry Manilow, Train, and Journey have all been confirmed to perform at the fair this August. Manilow will take the stage on August 3 and Train on August 4, while Journey’s show, which will also feature Pat Benatar and Loverboy, will be on August 8. And of course, our favorite of these performers, Mr. Shelton, takes the stage on August 17.
The concert series has been moved to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis following last year’s disaster, as the entire stage collapsed on the audience as they waited for Sugarland to perform. The outdoor grandstand, which has been the scene for the fair for years, has since been retired. We’ll have more details, including additional artists other news, available right here on MCE as they become available.