Throwback Thursday: CMA Fest 2015 & Our Top Picks

Is it too soon for a #tbt? Here's a few of our top places, artists, and vendors we saw at CMA Fest 2015. Hope y'all had a great time - we sure did!

 

Venue

With a vast lawn, an upbeat crowd, and a beautiful backdrop river view, our pick for favorite venue was the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.  Whether it was sitting on a blanket or riding up on a boat, fans from all over came to check out the performances at this one-of-a-kind stage.  Artists included Chase Rice, Parmalee, and Thompson Square, to name a few.

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Artist: Up Close & Personal

Singer-songwriter Amber Carrington gave an intimate performance on the AT&T U-verse Showcase Stage at FanFairX.  As a semi-finalist on season 4 of “The Voice”, she has grown remarkably as an artist.  Her impressively smooth vocals and bubbly crowd interaction had everyone clapping and singing along.  For more info about Amber Carrington, check out her website: www.ambercarrington.com

 
 

Artist: Fan Favorite

In an interview with Rolling Stone, TJ Osborne says, "I think artists are finally realizing we can either have this short-lived, sell-our-souls moment, put the song out and have a little flash in the pan, or we can get down to real music…and when country music is real, there is not a genre cooler than it."  Brothers Osborne did just that at their performance on Bud Light Plaza Stage: they brought out the emotional, honest, and real context of country music, and the fans could really feel it.  Let’s just say we all wanted the brothers to play a little longer.  For more info about Brothers Osborne, visit their website: www.brothersosborne.com

FanFairX

There’s no doubt the Budweiser Clydesdales were a crowd favorite at FanFairX.  With so much to see, the Clydesdales were a refreshing addition to the busy mix of label merchandise, free giveaways, and new artist signings.

The “Nashville Guitar String Bracelets” company was a fun and original retail vendor at FanFairX. Their handcrafted bracelets, necklaces, and rings are made out of guitar strings, beads, and guitar picks, which make perfect gifts for music lovers. Nothing says “I was at CMA Fest” more than one of these jewelry pieces. For more information about this cool music-inspired jewelry, visit their Facebook page.

Honkytonk

Tootsie’s and Legends Corner were definitely poppin’, but our favorite honkytonk this time around was sure to bring fun and good music to CMA Fest.  The Stage, described as Nashville’s “Most Rockin’ Country Club”, featured up-and-coming artists and a packed dance floor all day long.  The friendly staff, blasting a/c, and balcony level view kept the crowd cool and happy - really, how could you go wrong? For upcoming events at The Stage, check out their website: thestageonbroadway.com

 

We can't wait to see what's in store for next year's CMA Fest!

 

-Amber