May 23, 2008 — The streets of downtown Nashville will be teeming with country stars during the CMA Music Festival in June. Never will that be more evident than in the fourth annual kick-off parade when Lonestar, Trent Tomlinson and Crystal Gayle are among the artists who’ll ride Corvette convertibles down Broadway on Wednesday, June 4.
The parade will also feature a number of NASCAR drivers and champion bull-riders, in addition to Michael Martin Murphey, Deborah Allen, Chris Young, Erika Jo, the Grascals, Jason Meadows, Katie Armiger, Ken Thomas, One Flew South and others.
The parade leads directly to a free concert, the third annual CMA Music Festival Block Party, on the Chevy Plaza outside the Sommet Center. The lineup includes Joe Nichols, James Otto, Phil Stacey, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Keith Anderson, Rissi Palmer and Zac Brown.
The afternoon parade and block party are part of a bevy of events slated in the heart of Music City’s downtown area that day. Mark Wills will emcee the GAC Kick-Off Breakfast at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum at 7 a.m., with acoustic performances from Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Rissi Palmer, the Road Hammers and Jake Owen. Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam closes the evening at 10 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium, with Charlie Daniels, Connie Smith, John Rich, Kathy Mattea, Gretchen Wilson and Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.