CMA Music Festival 2018: 20 Best Free Concerts

From Ashley McBryde and Michael Ray to the Last Bandoleros and Midland, the must-see no-ticket-required sets this week in Nashville

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Carly Pearce
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Carly Pearce

When: Thursday, June 7th, 2:15 p.m.
Where: Chevy Riverfront Stage
2017 was the year where everything finally came together for Carly Pearce: after struggling through housecleaning gigs, failed record deals and numerous other disappointments, the Kentucky-born singer scored a massive hit with "Every Little Thing," an emotional ballad that made it to the Number One spot on Billboard's Country Airplay. Stopping at CMA Fest before heading back out on the road with Rascal Flatts, Pearce brings a combination of intimacy and playfulness to her live shows – and has been known to bust out a Shania or Dolly cover or two. Catch her Thursday for free at the waterfront, before she makes her debut appearance as part of the Nissan Stadium nighttime lineup. M.M. 

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