I'm not into the crowds downtown during CMA Fest, but since my coworker offered me free tickets to see the final night's show at LP Field, I took him up on it and brought my friend VB.
It was hot and jam-packed full of people, but we grabbed a beer at Honky Tonk Central, enjoyed their live band, then walked over the pedestrian bridge to the stadium.
Due to a thunderstorm warning, they abbreviated the show a LOT. And by a lot, I mean artists who should have played for half an hour played like one song. BOO. But I got to see a number of people I've never seen perform live: Lee Greenwood, Gary Allan, Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels, Lennon & Maisy, The Band Perry, Jake Owen, and Carrie Underwood.
We were in the freebie nosebleeds, so we weren't too disappointed to call it an early Sunday night (especially since I was out until 1am the night prior!). But it was kind of a nice way to take in the country music scene for an evening. And I got to spend more time with VB, which is always a win!