Top 15 Moments During CMA Fest!

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1. Kelsea Ballerini’s Pancake Fanclub Party

If you don’t know of Kelsea, you soon will with her first top three single “Love Me Like You Mean It” climbing and her infectious positive attitude winning fans over everywhere!

2. Dan and Shay KILLING Riverfront

It’s no surprise Dan + Shay are creeping up the charts with their music, but their live show is even better than the radio. Almost every single person was standing and singing/dancing along at Riverfront at a scorching 98 degrees outside.

3. Hunter Hayes Surprise Performance at ACME

Hunter Hayes always goes above and beyond for his fans, but putting on a secret show during CMA Fest was no easy task. The place was packed and Hunter put on one hell of a show.

4. Chris Young at CMA Close Up

The birthday boy Chris was up early after celebrating his 30th birthday the night prior and woke up the entire crowd.

5. Tug McGraw Pro AM

The benefit for Tug McGraw Foundation kicked off CMA Fest week with stars coming together for a great cause.

6. Stars For Second Harvest Concert

Second Harvest Food Bank put on a phenomenal intimate show featuring the cast of Nashville, Cole Swindell, and Dierks Bentley.

7. Lady Antebellum at HGTV Acoustic Set

Lady Antebellum acoustically sounded incredible with fans humming and singing along in HGTV’s barn.

8. Big Machine/VEVO Showcase

Big Machine Label Group has some of the best up and coming artists, Drake White, A Thousand Horses, and RaeLynn performed for VEVO and to a couple hundred lucky fans.

9. City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

City of Hope always goes above and beyond for it’s fans and patients, this event was hilarious to watch with the “no girls are out” rule.

10. Kip Moore at HGTV Lodge

Kip performed acoustically inside the HGTV Lodge creating one of the most intimate and feel good atmospheres.

11. Darius Rucker at CMA Close Up

Darius woke up the Sunday morning CMA Fest crowd with his hits and witty banter.

12. Maddie and Tae Rocking Riverfront

Maddie and Tae will be selling out arenas soon mark my words. Their showmanship and performances keep getting better and better.

13. The Cains at Wildhorse Saloon

The Cains are an up and coming brother-sister-sister trio with harmonies that send chills up your spine.

14. Little Big Town Kick Off Fan Fair X

LBT opened up Fan Fair X with a bang!

15. Michael Ray’s Performance at Bud Light

Michael Ray was making all of the ladies swoon with his infectious melodies.


Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.