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2007 CMA Music Festival Kicks Off with Free Concert from the Chevy Music Tour Stage Star-Studded Parade of Chevy Cars and Trucks

May 2007
 Filed under: CHEVROLET Car News | CHEVROLET Headlines
NASHVILLE, 2007-05-23 – CMA Music Festival is Nashville ’s signature musical event and to celebrate the arrival of the annual lovefest between Country Music artists and their fans, Nashvillians and the visitors who flock there each June are invited to a free afternoon of concerts and activities in Downtown Nashville on Wednesday, June 6.

“What a great way to get the celebration kicked into high gear than to have a free parade and concert on the Chevy Music Tour Stage for residents, people who work Downtown, and our Festival attendees,” said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese.

On Wednesday, June 6, spectators are sure to enjoy “The Third Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” beginning at 2:30 PM/CT on Broadway. The procession features artists and celebrities riding in some of the hottest Chevrolet cars and trucks, specialty vehicles and a one-of-a-kind Chevy Country Music Silverado. Additional Kick-Off Parade elements include drum corps from two local high schools, a New Holland tractor ridden by Michael Peterson, and the Chevy street team handing out fun freebies.
The Kick-Off Parade route will take the four-wheeled procession from the starting point at Broadway and Sixth Avenue, down Broadway to Fourth Avenue, turning right on Demonbreun, up to Fifth Avenue, turning right and ending at Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

Some of the participants in the Kick-Off Parade include Blue County, Jason Michael Carroll, Jennifer Hanson, Pirates of the Mississippi, PovertyNeck Hillbillies, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Two Foot Fred, Darryl Worley and setting the pace will be NASCAR drivers Scott Wimmer (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) and Shane Huffman (No. 88 NAVY “Accelerate Your Life” Chevrolet).

Immediately following the Downtown Parade, the high-octane party continues at the free “Second Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party,” from 3:30-8:00 PM/CT on the plaza at The Sommet Center, formerly the Nashville Arena, on Broadway and Fifth Avenue South . Artists scheduled to perform on the Chevy Music Tour Stage at the Block Party on Wednesday, June 6 include: Jason Michael Carroll, Elizabeth Cook, Jennifer Hanson, Tanya Tucker, Darryl Worley and more .

"Music continues to play an integral role in what drives Chevrolet in its advertising and marketing programs, and so our extended partnership through 2008 with the CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival is a perfect union,” said Kim Kosak, Chevrolet’s General Director of Advertising and Sales Promotions. “The Chevy Music Tour is a centerpiece for Chevrolet's music promotions, and with its integration at the 2007 CMA Music Festival, fans can experience the breadth of our products in a fresh, fun-filled way.”

The Block Party is just the start of four days of live music on the Chevy Music Tour Stage with a variety of performances, including showcases of Bluegrass and Latin Country Music.

"The U.S. Hispanic Country Music Association is excited to collaborate with CMA for this year's Latin Country Show, part of CMA's Music Fest activities. I am proud to have our members participate and am confident that Johnny Rodriguez, Bobby Marquez, Melanie Torres and John Arthur Martinez will add a stellar performance and one that Country Music fans will remember throughout the year,” said Maritza Baca, President of the U.S. Hispanic Country Music Association.

“CMA Music Festival prides itself on presenting the full spectrum of Country Music and we are very appreciative of the support we received from Maritza Baca at the U.S. Hispanic Country Music Association and Dan Hayes at the International Bluegrass Music Association in providing artists for these two, new and eagerly anticipated concert events at the Festival,” said Genovese.

Chevy Music Tour Stage performers include (schedule and artists subject to change):

Thursday, June 7
10:30 AM Bobby Pinson
11:30 AM Greg Hanna
12:30 PM Con Hunley
1:30 PM Kyle Wyley
2:30 PM Beverley Mitchell
3:30 PM Jedd Hughes

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