It was a hot one and we aren’t just talking about the sweltering temperatures and high humidity that sent CMA Music Festival goers seeking shade and hydration around every corner of Music City. We’re also talking about the third great day of official events, activities, and music, culminating in the nightly shows at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
Members of HGTV’s stellar line-up, including The Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott, played host to the third night of performances that kicked off with newcomer Jillian Jacqueline singing the national anthem.
It wasn’t the boys against the girls, but we sure have to give it to the ladies who performed on the Saturday night show. Not only did they deliver amazing sets, but they looked incredible in spite of the heat.
Country icon, Lee Ann Womack, smokin’ hot in a black sequin skirt and Hank Williams Sr. t-shirt. delivered a red hot set that included new music from her The Lonely, the Lonesome, & the Gone album, as well as fan favorites.
Hunky young guns Jon Pardi and Dustin Lynch also ran the mercury up the thermometer with separate sizzling sets of popular and recent hits, while criss-crossing the stage to make sure every fan had an up-close-and-personal experience.
Sam Hunt surprised the Music Fest crowd again at Nissan Stadium. After appearing on the CMT Music Awards strolling the streets of downtown Nashville singing his newly released “Downtown’s Dead,,” he popped up in the middle of the stadium crowd and slowly made his way to the stage while singing what is destined to be his newest hit.
Back to those fabulous females! It sounded like the world’s largest sing-along when Kelsea Ballerini took the stage working her swingy, sequin skirt and belting out hit-after-hit and flashing her sweet, charming smile. There’s no doubt that if someone didn’t have fun while she was on stage, it’s their own fault.
There’s also no doubt that there were some Chris Stapleton fans in the house. The bearded singer-songwriter, who always seems a little bashful, received massive amounts of applause when he treated concert attendees to a gritty, raw round of their favorites.
Keith Urban closed out the night of incredible music and, he was definitely the icing on an already delicious cake. Ripping through his catalog and showcasing songs from his newest album, Graffiti U, the country star relentlessly heaped hits on the crowd that was both exhausted and exhilarated to see the insanely talented Aussie perform.
Prior to the show, Keith said, “This does feel like a bit of the kick-off of the Graffiti U Tour.” He went on to talk about the energy in the stadium. “I love it because it’s a different kind of connection, a sort of energy. Everything feels bigger, so you’re trying to get to the person in the furthest seats.”
From the sound of the applause after Keith wrapped things up after midnight, mission accomplished.