Monday, 19 April, 2010 9:31 PM
Carrie Underwood surprises young
fan with news she's performing at CMA Music Festival in June
by Donn Jones / CMA
Ahlstrand proudly displays a piece of her Carrie Underwood
memorabilia. An avid, CMA Music Festival and Underwood fan,
Ahlstrand was the first to find out Carrie Underwood will
be among the stars performing at this year's CMA Music Festival
Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville. Underwood
called the Brentwood, Tenn. resident with the news.
2010 CMA Close Up News Service
A trembling 15-year-old fan was the first to find out:
Carrie Underwood will be among the stars performing at this year's
CMA Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville.
Underwood took time out
of her packed Super Bowl rehearsal schedule, where she is singing
the National Anthem on Sunday, to call 15-year-old Riley Ahlstrand
with the news. Ahlstrand, an ardent fan of the Festival, was being
interviewed by a news crew from the Nashville ABC affiliate (WKRN)
when reporter Brad Schmitt's phone rang and he handed it to the
On the line was Underwood
to tell the nearly speechless girl that she would be performing
at the Festival this year; and Ahlstrand heard it first.
"I always look forward
to the excitement of CMA Music Festival," said Underwood after
the call. "Its fans like Riley that make the week so much fun."
"This is the best
thing that has ever happened, said Ahlstrand, with tears still streaming
down her face. "I couldn't have dreamed anything cooler than
Ahlstrand came to WKRN's
attention after she sent an email to CMA: "My dream is to meet
Carrie Underwood, and the CMA Music Festival is my absolute favorite
thing.I want more than anything for Carrie Underwood to appear at
CMA Music Festival this year. Thank you so much for everything that
you do, and for putting on such a spectacular week June 10-13! This
truly is the ultimate fan experience."
"CMA Music Festival
is about the fans and this was a terrific way to kick off what is
sure to be a star-packed roster of artists performing this year,"
said Steve Moore, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. "We
have a long history of surprising our fans and creating once-in-a-lifetime
experiences, and this is only the beginning."
2010 CMA Music Festival
will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13. Nashville's signature
music event features concerts, autograph signings, family activities,
and more. This unparalleled celebration of America's music draws
thousands of fans and media from all corners of the globe to Nashville.
CMA Music Festival was dubbed the "crown jewel of Country Music
Festivals" by USA Today and winner of the International Entertainment
Buyers Association's 2004, 2006, and 2008 LIVE! Award for Festival
of the Year.
Tickets are available
now. Four-day ticket prices range from $110 to $185. To purchase
tickets, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com;
to buy online or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Prices do not
include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change
without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Four-day
ticket package categories correspond to a different level of seating
at LP Field. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For
information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378).
A limited number of four-day
parking passes for LP Field are available. Call toll-free 1-800-CMA-FEST
(262-3378) to order. The price is $28 for cars; $60 for vans/shuttles;
and $120 for RVs/motor coaches. Prices do not include handling fee.
Spaces are limited, and no overnight parking is allowed. All persons
planning to park at LP Field must pre-purchase the parking pass.
Free shuttles (for four-day registrants) will run daily between
major Festival event locations.
information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artist
appearances, and more, visit www.CMAfest.com
and sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news. MySpace users may want
to visit www.MySpace.com/cmamusicfestival,
while Facebook users can check out http://www.facebook.com/CountryMusicAssociation.
CMA Music Festival is
organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Premiere
Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Fan Fair®
is a registered trademark of CMA.
by Matthew Rolston
Underwood will be among the stars performing as part of Nightly
Concerts on the Concert Stage at LP Field during this year's CMA
Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville.
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