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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The Cadillac Three
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The Cadillac Three

When: Friday June 8th, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Chevy Riverfront Stage
Gritty, booming and dangerously infectious country-rock before lunch is even served? Yes, please. The Cadillac Three can turn any venue into a super sweaty, rowdy bar, which they will no doubt do in their late-morning set at the Riverfront, rattling the boats nearby and filling CMA Fest with plenty of feedback, distortion and spiraling guitars. The trio of Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason will take a break back in Nashville between dates on their Long Hair Don't Care Tour, likely bringing songs like "Dang If We Didn't" and the blazing ballad "White Lightning" to their set – both dynamite singles that should have made serious dents on the charts. M.M.

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