NASHVILLE – Country Music’s hottest stars will take over primetime with the biggest concert event on television this summer when the ABC Television Network airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Wednesday, Aug. 3 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett host the three-hour special that brings Country Music’s most storied Festival to a national television audience. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
Taking the stage for solo performances are superstars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, andKeith Urban.
The fans who attend CMA Music Festival know that one of the highlights of the Nightly Concerts is the monumental pairings of musical icons that happen each year. The ABC special will highlight many of those collaborations including Bentley performing with Elle King, Bryan with Urban, Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum with Cam, Little Big Town with Pharrell Williams, Rascal Flatts with Maren Morris, Tyler with Martina McBride, Hank Williams, Jr. with Chris Janson and Justin Moore, and Chris Young duetting with Cassadee Pope.
Filmed during CMA Music Festival June 9-12, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars as they hit the stage during the four-day celebration of America’s music. The annual event is unlike any other, with meet-and-greets in Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, more than 600 artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 88,500 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.
The special first aired in 2004. This is the 12th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The special will air on ABC through 2021.
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