CMA Fest might have been canceled in Nashville, but a two-night star-studded concert is still taking place in Music City. CMA Summer Jam will be held on July 27 and 28 at Ascend Amphitheater, with more than 18 acts performing for the event, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more. The concert is part of a prime-time, three-hour special that will air on ABC later this summer.
CMA Fest has been canceled for two years in a row, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“After thoughtful deliberation, we are saddened to share that CMA Fest will not take place in 2021,” the Country Music Association announced earlier this year. “We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA Fest experience they have come to expect. But rest assured, we have already started planning what will be the most EPIC celebration of Country Music next summer. Mark your calendars for CMA Fest June 9-12, 2022!”
The Country Music Association also announced the news on social media.
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!!! Introducing #CMASummerJam – a brand new, two-night event at Nashville's @Ascend_Amp, feat. fave performances & first-ever collabs by 9 of Country Music's hottest stars all on 1 stage each night! TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS WED AT 10AM CT. https://t.co/xYLH0qmeg5 pic.twitter.com/aLicvacmOG
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) July 12, 2021
Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Carly Pearce, Shelton, Stefani, Cole Swindell, Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam will perform on July 27, while Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi and Rhett will perform on July 28. Tickets will be available beginning on Wednesday, July 14, at CMASummerJam.com.