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A report by The Examiner/Nashville, said CMA Music Festival brings in an estimated $30 million in revenue to the city of Nashville. And even though the area where many of the festival events has been submerged by the recent flood waters, observers say that the cleanup “should be far enough along by this time to allow the CMA Music Festival to still happen, but there are areas where the effects of the flooding will still be felt.” You can read the entire article here
Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry House area was hit hardest by the flooding, including the Convention Center and Opry Mills Mall. This area is right on the banks of the Cumberland River, and is the dock for the General Jackson Showboat. The report said that the flooding in this area was so bad that while most other Nashville businesses are projectig being open within a couple of weeks, the Opryland said it will be closed indefinitely.
Riverfront Park and LP Field are the two main venues for shows during CMA Festival week. They are both expected to be bready to use in time for the festival. The cleanup will take a lot of labor and be very expensive, the report said, but everything will be ready by June 10.
The downtown shopping and entertainment district has experienced partial flooding in basements. Some of the stores along Second Avenue and Broadway will be reopening, but the report said that some may not.
The good news for ticket holders, and everyone planning to head to Nashville for the annual event — Nashville’s Mayor said the event will go on as planned.
Thursday, June 10: The Judds will give the kick off performance, followed (alphabetically) by Keith Anderson, Diamond Rio, Colt Ford, Joey + Rory, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Jake Owen, Josh Thompson, and Clay Walker.
Friday, June 11: Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bucky Covington, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, Patty Loveless, Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Gretchen Wilson, and Chris Young.
Sunday, June 13: The Bellamy Brothers, Sammy Kershaw, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, James Otto, Steel Magnolia, Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, Uncle Kracker, and Darryl Worley.
And that’s just Riverfront Park. You also have the nightly concerts at LP Field to look forward to. The biggest names in country music will take the big stage at Titan Stadium… Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Rascal Flats, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, and many more! Check it all out the CMA Music Festival web site.
That’s all for this morning.
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