The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Country Music Association (CMA) will partner to host Forever Country Live presented by Southwest Airlines, a FREE concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the museum’s opening and the CMA Awards. The community event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, with performances by Warner Bros. recording artist Charlie Worsham and Grammy-nominated ensemble The Time Jumpers, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin.
The event is the official launch of Country Music Month, celebrated in October. Festivities culminate Wednesday, Nov. 2, with the live, national broadcast of “The 50 th Annual CMA Awards” on the ABC Television Network. The concert also kicks off the museum’s initiatives to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.
“The museum opened its doors in April 1967, almost 50 years ago,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “That same year the very first CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year was presented to Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold. With a shared mission of preserving country music’s history and advancing its cultural importance, it is only fitting that we partner with the CMA to celebrate our half-century milestones with an evening of timeless music.”
“This free community concert underscores the rich traditions upheld by both organizations,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We hope guests will leave this event inspired by our shared legacy and excited about the future of Country Music.”
“Celebrating 30 years of service as Nashville’s hometown airline, we’re excited to partner with CMA and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor Music City and 50 years of country music,” said Kimberly Greiner, Southwest Airlines.
The family-friendly event begins at 3:00 p.m. CDT. Kids of all ages can enjoy making buttons, playing an instrument in the musical petting zoo, pulling their own Hatch Show Print postcard and creating a community mural. Some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, and attendees can enjoy cuisine from 2|22, Red Onion and Bajo Sexto Taco, located at the museum. The museum will also offer $5 off admission on Sept. 25, and remain open until 7:00 p.m. CDT. A special pop-up exhibit chronicling 50 years of the CMA Awards will be hosted in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory.
The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. CDT with Worsham opening the show. The Time Jumpers will take the stage at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Past CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless will join The Time Jumpers for a special appearance. For more information visit forevercountrylive.com. Follow @countrymusichof and @CountryMusic on Twitter and join the conversation using #ForeverCountry and #ForeverCountryLive.