CMA Music Festival
When: June 11th-14th
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
Why Go: If there's ever a time to attend an NRA-hosted brunch called "Kegs and Eggs," it would be before heading to a baseball stadium packed with country fans ready to see the same male-dominated main-stage acts that have played CMA Fest seemingly every year in recent memory. The true magic happens away from LP Field, in the gridlock of downtown's smaller stages. Although the full 2015 lineup has yet to be released, Nashville's endless array of primo up-and-comers and generations of classic musicians might draw even indie or alt-country fans unwilling to schlep out to Manchester for Bonnaroo, which takes place the same weekend.
Must-See Acts: Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Ashley Monroe, Sam Hunt, the Band Perry, Oak Ridge Boys, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Maddie and Tae, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Tanya Tucker, Kristian Bush
Official Site: cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival