Sur La Table partners with FYI for ‘Scraps,’ with Katie Couric as executive producer

April 18, 2017

Joel Gamoran in "Scraps"
Joel Gamoran in “Scraps” (Photo courtesy of FYI)

The following is a press release from FYI:

FYI is partnering with Sur La Table to produce the new culinary series “Scraps,” where national Sur La Table Chef Joel Gamoran travels across the U.S. creating incredible feasts in unexpected places, using the most out-of-the-box ingredients—food waste and scraps. KitchenAid® appliances will be integrated throughout the series. Award-winning journalist Katie Couric will serve as an executive producer of the ten half-hour episodes slated to premiere beginning Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET on FYI.

“Food waste is such a huge problem in this country and more and more people want to do something about it,” said Couric. “I’m so excited for Chef Joel Gamoran to introduce viewers to wonderful places and delicious recipes using ingredients we never imagined could taste so good. Joel’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious.”

Each episode of “Scraps” will follow Chef Joel Gamoran to a new city where he partners with food waste champions to celebrate the local cuisine and create a delicious meal with food items many consider to be waste, like banana peels, shrimp shells, chicken bones and carrot stems. The pressure will be on as Joel will have less than a day to source ingredients, build a full menu and create a meal for an outdoor dinner party. From roadside foraging, to chocolate roasting, to oyster hunting—viewers will follow Joel on a one-of-a-kind food sourcing adventure in his refurbished 1963 Volkswagen bus, which doubles as his mobile kitchen. The new KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixer, Stand Mixer attachments and high-performance Pro Line Series Blender will be used in the series to make everything from fresh pasta to veggie noodles and more.

FYI and Sur La Table will also partner to offer ten online cooking classes, giving viewers the opportunity to learn more in depth techniques and incorporate scraps in their cooking. The cooking classes will be available for purchase on Sur La Table’s website after each episode of “Scraps” airs. Additionally, a sweepstakes will offer viewers the chance to win KitchenAid products and Sur La Table cooking classes.

“FYI is thrilled to partner with Sur La Table on this aspirational culinary series, paired with an interactive digital cooking class,” said Peter Olsen, Executive Vice President Ad Sales, A+E Networks. “We strive to be a step ahead in the lifestyle space, while offering potential partners innovative opportunities to integrate with our brand, and ‘Scraps’ is no exception.”

“As a chef, I have dedicated my life to making the kitchen more approachable for everyone and ‘Scraps’ is a cooking movement that will genuinely open doors for home cooks to view ingredients differently,” says Chef Joel Gamoran. “Ugly produce and what once was thought of as cooking waste will now be seen as edible and useful – saving money and resources. Imperfect is the new perfect!”

“The movement to reduce food waste inspired ‘Scraps’ unique format and style, and allowed us to bring these partners together,” says Timothy Whitney, Head of Development at RAIN, one of the show’s production partners. “We celebrate something that is hiding in plain sight—that broccoli stem tastes even better than the florets, that you can make ice cream from bruised bananas, that your stale bread has a second life—in a way that engages an active, digitally-oriented audience.”


2017 Bourbon & Beyond Festival: lineup of performers, chefs and bourbon experiences announced

April 17, 2017

2017 Bourbon & Beyond Festival

The inaugural Bourbon & Beyond Festival has announced its lineup of performers, chefs and bourbon experiences. The event will take place September 23 and September 25 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Stevie Nicks

Musical performers will include Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, The Bluegrass Situation.

Chefs appearing throughout the weekend include Tom Colicchio (from “Top Chef”), Carla Hall (from “The Chew”), Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Jose Salazar, Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas and Anthony Falco.

According to a press release, the festival will showcase more than 50 of the best Kentucky bourbons curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee and Chris Cosentino. Festivalgoers will get the chance to dive deep into the Kentucky bourbon experience through these attractions:

  • The Big Bourbon Bar: A 20,000-square-foot bar featuring delicious bourbon cocktails presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
  • The Hunter’s Club: A bourbon hound’s dream come true with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons.
  • The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage: A behind-the-scenes look at how coopers craft the oak barrels used to age bourbon.
  • The Distillery: An interactive experience to discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.     Bourbon Workshops: Access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.
  • Incredible Feasts, one-of-a-kind communal dining experiences including The Chicks & Champs Gospel Brunch and the exclusive B&B Supper Club featuring Colicchio.

Bourbon & Beyond will partner with renowned local chefs and over 20 beloved Louisville restaurants to deliver one-of-a-kind delectable creations. The first round of participating restaurants include: Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, Boss Hog’s BBQ, Doc Crow’s, Gospel Bird, Seviche, The Manhattan Exchange, Whiskey Dry and many more to be announced in the coming months.  Guests will be able to eat, drink, and party at The Big Easy Boil presented by Southern Comfort, Tiki Barrel Bar, Funk & Soul & BBQ.

2017 Star Wars Celebration: ‘Last Jedi’ trailer premieres, Harrison Ford appears; watch videos from the event

April 16, 2017

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas at the 12th edition of Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on April 14, 2017.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas at the 12th edition of Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on April 14, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm)

The 12th edition of Star Wars Celebration took place April 12 to 16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in several “Star Wars” movies, made his first appearance at the event. He was on a panel with “Star Wars” creator/director George Lucas and “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill (best known for playing Luke Skywalker) celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1977 “Star Wars” movie. Others who appeared at the event included past and present “Star Wars” co-stars such as Liam Neeson, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Billie Lourd, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni and “Star Wars” composer John Williams.

The teaser trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi was revealed. The movie is set to be released on December 15, 2017.

It was also revealed that the late Carrie Fisher (who died in December 2016) will not be in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which will be released sometime in 2019.

The fourth season of the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” will be its last season.

An update was given on the “Star Wars” themed attraction, which is set to open in 2019 at Disney Parks in California and Florida. Among the features: Guests will be able to ride a replica of the Millennium Falcon, as well experience the cantina that was in the 1977 “Star Wars” movie.

The event concluded with a surprise performance from Oscar-winning “Star Wars” composer John Williams and an orchestra.

Here are video highlights from Star Wars Celebration 2017:

2017 Coachella Festival: The Weeknd, Diddy, French Montana, Rae Sremmurd added to lineup

April 14, 2017

Coachella 2017

The Weeknd
The Weeknd (Photo courtesy of Image Group LA/ABC

The Weeknd, Diddy, French Montana, Diddy and Rae Sremmurd have been added to lineup of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Details of their set list dates and times are to be announced. The annual festival takes place this year from April 14 to April 16 and April 21 to April 23 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

As previously reported, YouTube will once again have live streaming from Coachella during the festival’s first weekend. Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar are the headliners this year.

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, who began publicly dating in January 2017, have already been spotted at the Coachella Festival. The  couple was also seen April 12 at a Beverly Hills birthday for rapper Belly.



2017 SESAC Pop Awards: George Clinton, Charlie XCX shine

April 14, 2017

George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards
George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/Getty Images for SESAC)

The following is an excerpt from a SESAC press release:

SESAC hosted its 21st annual Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. SESAC’s Charli XCX (PRS) was named Songwriter of the Year and earned the Song of the Year award for penning the chart-topping “Same Old Love,” recorded by Selena Gomez. Sony ATV Sounds was named Publisher of the Year. In addition to this year, Charli XCX was honored in 2014 with SESAC Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for the hit “I Love It,” recorded by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX.  Most recently, Charli XCX released the ten-song mixtape “Angel” to rave reviews, with one critic saying the artist continues to be “the one to watch.”

Sirius XM radio host Bevy Smith, Rolling Stone contributing editor Joe Levy and veteran entertainment journalist John Norris served as presenters during the awards show, which featured a performance by Jaheim of “Struggle Love,” written by SESAC honoree Bale’Wa Muhammad.

Headlining the evening with a lively and unforgettable performance was SESAC Legacy Award recipient George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. The founder of iconic rap group Public Enemy, Mr. Chuck D, presented George Clinton with the SESAC Legacy Award.
City National Bank was the premiere sponsor of the event and the Viceroy NYC served as the hotel sponsor of the 2017 Pop Awards.

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:  
Charli XCX (PRS)

Publisher of the Year:  

Song of the Year:
“Same Old Love”
Written by Charli XCX
Recorded by Selena Gomez
Published by Sony ATV Sounds, Stellar Songs Ltd (PRS)


“Cold Water”
Written by King Henry
Published by Duke City Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & M0

“Hymm For The Weekend”
Written by Venor Yard
Published by Keys Strings and A Pen Music, Reach Music Publishing
Recorded by Coldplay

Written by Bryan Michael Cox, Mariah Carey
Published by Babyboys Little Pub Co, Noontime South Inc., WBM Music Corp, Universal Tunes,
Beyondidolization, Reach Music
Recorded by Bryson Tiller

Written by James “JHart” Abrahart
Published by Jayded Ink Publishing, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Justin Bieber

“Way Down We Go”
Written by Daniel Kristjansson, David Antonsson, JJ Julius Son, Rubin Pollock
Published by Rotten Shark Music, Blue Potato Music, Vegasalt, Ruby Two, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kaleo

“Electric Love”
Written by Nicholas Long
Published by Victorious Secret
Recorded by BORNS

“Good Love”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Keith Sweat

“So I Can Have You Back”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Joe

Written by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews
Published by 1114 Sounds, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kehlani

Written by Rubi Rene Green
Published by Good Rubi Music
Recorded by Eric Benet

“Waiting On You”
Written by Kenyon Dixon
Published kenyondixonmusic, Music by Gibson & Gibson
Recorded by Tyrese

“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
Written by Sarah Barthel, Joshua Carter
Published by Demarest Barthel Music, Charlie Everywhere Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Phantogram

“Bang Bang”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Revolution Radio”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Still Breathing”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Struggle Love”
Written by Bale’Wa Muhammad
Published by Jahque Joints, Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc.
Recorded by Jaheim

Written by Swizz Beatz
Published by Monza Ronza, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Kanye West

“Something To Believe In”
Written by Eric Cannata, Francois Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh, Sameer Gadhia
Published by EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Doostzadeh Group, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Kobalt Music Copyrights
Recorded by Young The Giant

Written by Cole Greif-Neill
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Beck

Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Waste A Moment”
Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Life Itself”
Written by Dave Bayley (PRS)
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Glass Animals

Written by Guy Lawrence (PRS), Howard Lawrence (PRS), Jimmy Napes (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc., Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Recorded by Disclosure feat. Lorde

Written by Ben Lovett (PRS), Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford (PRS), Winston Marshall (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Inc.
Recorded by Mumford & Sons

“Sign Of The Times”
Written by Jacob Luttrell
Published by LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Cee Lo Green

“Bring Back The Summer”
Written by Lianna Hauoli Sylvan
Published by Match Sound Publishing
Recorded by Rain Man Feat. Oly

“Ain’t No Man”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing,Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“True Sadness”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing, Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“No Problem”
Written by Ivan Jackson
Published by Stellar Songs Ltd, Sony ATV Sounds
Recorded by Chance The Rapper

“You & Me”
Written by Rami Dawod
Published by Ramidawodmusic. Third Spirit Music, Global Entertainment Songs
Recorded by Marc E. Bassy Feat. G-Eazy

“Grass Ain’t Greener”
Written by Nikhil Seetharam
Published by Kromatik, Sony ATV Sounds,
Recorded by Chris Brown

“Love Yourz”
Written by Calvin Price
Published by CritaCal Productions, Reign Forever Group Inc.
Recorded by J. Cole

“What We Live For”
Written by James Shelley, Zachary Barnett
Published by James Adam Shelley Publishing, Zac Barnett Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights
Recorded by American Authors

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson search for a mythical culture in ‘The Lost City of Z’

April 14, 2017

by Carla Hay

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for "The Lost City of Z"
Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for “The Lost City of Z” (Photo by Carla Hay)

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife Nina (played by Sienna Miller), son Jack (played by Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (played by Robert Pattinson)—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. “The Lost City of Z” had its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where Gray, Pattinson, Miller, Holland and co-star Angus Macfadyen gathered for a Q&A after a press screening.


PBS ‘Chefs Flight’ spotlight in ‘American Masters’ includes documentaries on James Beard and Jacques Pépin

April 13, 2017

by Carla Hay

PBS is launching “Chefs Flight”as part of the network’s “American Masters” series that will include new documentaries on culinary icons James Beard and Jacques Pépin.

“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” premieres in most market on May 19, 2017, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) The program chronicles a century of food through the story of Beard (1903-1985), who was a pioneer celebrity chef and author. Immediately after the Beard documentary, PBS will televise a rebroadcast of “American Masters – Julia! America’s Favorite Chef” at 10 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft” (narrated by Stanley Tucci) premieres in most markets on May 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) Immediately after the Pépin documentary, PBS will have an encore presentation of “American Masters – Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution” at 10 p.m. ET.

According to a PBS press release: Among the many highlights in the Beard documentary are Daniel Boulud and restaurant critic Gael Greene telling how Beard helped start Citymeals on Wheels; Jacques Pépin reminiscing about cooking with Beard; Martha Stewart sharing how Beard’s cookbooks influenced her; Ted Allen disclosing Beard’s challenges being an “out” gay man at a time when same-sex sexual activity was illegal; chefs Jonathan Waxman and Larry Forgione reflecting on Beard’s mentorship and its impact on their career; Wolfgang Puck recounting how he helped found the James Beard Foundation; Alice Waters explaining how Beard discovered Chez Panisee; chef Jeremiah Tower offering insight into Beard’s relationship with Marion Cunningham; chef Naomi Pomery demonstrating how to make the famous “James Beard’s Onion Sandwich”; and next generation chefs such as Marc Forgione, Greg Higgins, and Pomeroy discussing how Beard’s influence is still felt today. James Beard Award Foundation president Susan Ungaro and executive vice president Mitchell Davis also appear in the documentary.

Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard … spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the culinary vernacular. He was a forerunner of the farm-to-table movement and helped create the iconic Four Seasons concept and menu. He was the first chef to host his own television show, “I Love to Eat,” which debuted on NBC in 1946, and taught not only women but men how to cook. He also had a cooking school that he operated out of his New York apartment.

Beard authored 22 cookbooks, penned a syndicated newspaper column and wrote countless magazine articles. He is credited with introducing Julia Child to the New York culinary scene, and he later becoming a best friend to her.

The James Beard Awards Gala and Reception are considered the “Oscars” of the food-service industry. The 2017 ceremony will take place  May 1 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is hosting the show. The complete list of nominations are here.



2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

Cannes Film Festival

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.


Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies


2017 CMA Music Festival: Budweiser ‘Forever Country’ Park Stage performers announced

April 12, 2017

CMA Music Festival logo

The following is a press release from CMA Music Festival:

With nearly 150 acts already set to perform at the 2017 CMA Music Festival across four stages, CMA announced lineups for two additional free stages: The brand new Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage in the park space behind Ascend Amphitheater, which will feature some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades; and the Music City Stage, located in the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena, a cool spot to enjoy some of Country’s hottest rising stars. CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in downtown Nashville.

“We focus on programming unforgettable performances on every stage and thank our returning partners for helping us to do that, while also offering unique activities and experiences for fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

Performances on the Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup includes Jeff Bates, Bellamy Brothers, John Berry, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad, George Ducas, Emerson Drive, Exile, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence and Friends”, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Little Texas, Lonestar, Mila Mason, Terry McBride, Rick Monroe, Jamie O’Neal, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Trick Pony, Collin Raye, Restless Heart, Julie Roberts, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Doug Supernaw, Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary, Lari White, Mark Wills, and Darryl Worley.

Fans will enjoy rewinding the clock with many of Country’s most established acts from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.  Bellamy Brothers, Exile, and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers debuted at CMA Music Festival in the early to mid-‘80s. While this marks McBride’s first solo appearance at the Festival, he made his CMA Fest debut with McBride & The Ride in 1990. White and Supernaw last appeared at CMA Fest in ’95 and ’96, respectively.

Festival attendees often enjoy hours of jam-packed fun in the sun, but the Nashville Visitor Center inside Bridgestone Arena will be the coolest place to take in performances during the Festival. As the location of the Nashville Convention and Visitor Corp’s Music City Stage, it’s the only FREE, air-conditioned, indoor Festival stage, offering fans a convenient place to escape the June heat while still catching the entertainment CMA Music Festival is known for.

Performances on the Music City Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:40 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup for Thursday through Saturday includes Jimmie Allen, Sammy Arriaga, Kassi Ashton, Maggie Baugh, Brennley Brown, Brian Callihan, Dallas Caroline, Jessie Chris, Julia Cole, Nora Collins, Dalton & the Sheriffs, Shelly Fairchild, Kenny Foster, Livy Jeanne, Jessie Key, Colm Kirwan, McCoy, Tristan McIntosh, Megan & Liz, Native Run, Camille Rae, Mary Sarah, Zach Seabaugh, CJ Solar, Scott Stevens, Sweet Tea Trio, Mitchell Tenpenny, The Hootz, Kasey Tyndall, and James Robert Webb.

On Sunday, ASCAP Presents at the Music City Stage will showcase artists ranging from fresh-faced new talent to emerging songwriter-artists boasting publishing or record deals and recent tours with major label acts. Performers include Raquel Cole, Crooked King, Dorado, Adam Hambrick, Lucas Hoge, Martin McDaniel, Post Monroe, Brandon Ratcliff, Sarah Allison Turner, and Anna Vaus.

Artist lineups subject to change.

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, as well as the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, are free and open to the public.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, touching the lives of one million students. For more information, visit

Additional stage lineups, Fan Fair X activities, and more will be announced soon. Don’t miss a beat by staying connected with CMA on, the Official CMA Fest App, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection emails to receive the latest news as soon as it’s announced.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.