NASHVILLE – Downtown Nashville will experience some changes in traffic flow to accommodate the numerous events and activities that are part of 2009 CMA Music Festival.The annual four-day festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, but road closures will begin earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, June 9, one lane of Fifth Avenue from Demonbreun to Broadway will be closed until early morning on Monday, June 15.

On Wednesday, June 10, Fifth Avenue from Demonbreun to Broadway will close as well as First Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Street. Broadway from First and Third Avenues will also close on this day. Second Avenue will remain open; however, vehicles will be prohibited from turning at the Broadway and Second Avenue intersection. These closures will all be cleared by early morning on Monday, June 15.

During the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10, there will also be temporary road closures for “The Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” and “The Fouth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party.” Beginning at 2:00 PM/CT, Broadway will close from Third to Seventh Avenues, Demonbreun will close from Third to Sixth Avenues and Third, Fourth and Sixth Avenues will close from Broadway to Demonbreun. These road closures are scheduled to be re-opened at the end of the Kick-Off Parade (approximately 4:00 PM/CT).

Dubbed “the country’s premiere Country Music festival, in the country’s premiere Country Music town” by The New York Times and winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s 2004, 2006 and 2008 LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year, the event features four days packed with music, autograph signings, family activities, sporting competitions, and much more all to benefit music education in Music City.

For those fans wanting the complete CMA Music Festival experience, great four-day tickets are still available. In addition to the free areas, the four-day ticket package includes the Nightly Concerts on the VAULT (TM) Concert Stage at LP Field; exclusive access to the Greased Lightning® Fan Fair® Hall, featuring Durango® Acoustic Corner (located in the Nashville Convention Center); early admittance to Riverfront Park; exclusive access to the Photo Lines at LP Field and Riverfront Park; exclusive access to the event shuttle between venues; admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (between June 8-June 15); and a registration bag with collectible pin and 2009 souvenir program book.

For four-day and single concert ticket prices, performance schedules, and more, visit To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit to download an order form to fax or mail; or visit to buy online or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Partners include: Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music; CMT; Dr Pepper®; Durango®; Greased Lighting®; Great American Country (GAC); McDonald’s®; VAULT Citrus Soda; and Wrangler®: The Exclusive Jean of the CMA Music Festival. CMA Music Festival® and Fan Fair® are registered trademarks of CMA.



  1. Betsy Thorpe

    For the Nashvillians who work and or do business downtown it is good to know what to expect this week.The CMA festival brings a lot of people to our city so we just need to stay informed and be patient.


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