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By Nicole Weddington     Jun 10, 2014 in Entertainment
They came and went in their thousands. Hardcore country music fans converged from all corners of the world to nestle in Nashville.
They came to partake in the yearly event that is the CMA Music Festival, opened by Charlie Daniels and featuring country music artists that are both well-known and up-and-coming.
Although it made for a tight fit downtown, businesses have much to thank the festival, for all of the wining and dining that occurred over its duration. Money was pumped into the Tennessee economy, in the name of music.
As the opening act on Sunday night, Charlie Daniels started the final LP Field show of CMA Music Festival with a set full of fiddling and a Bob Dylan cover, all smothered with some Southern pride.
Daniels and Dylan had recorded a fiddling frenzy on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” along with several other hits.
"The growth of country music is phenomenal," Daniels said, prior to taking the stage. "I think it's incredible what's happened to it in my lifetime."
During the span of Daniels’ life, country music has exploded from just being a regional choice to an international hit. Nashville has been catapulted from small Southern city to a thriving metropolis, with fans that flock from all over the world.
This event went from a small fair teeming with loyal fans to today’s grand CMA Music Festival that welcomes and hosts celebrities from all over, giving more people than ever a chance to buy concert tickets.
Acts performed all weekend in Nashville’s Riverfront Park, featuring Travis Tritt, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Eric Church and Jason Aldean.
Fans of the festival come from every state in the nation, and from over 24 countries worldwide.
Net revenue? In 2012, the CMA Music Festival pumped Nashville metro’s economy with $31.5 million. This generous influx of funds provided ninety percent of the musical instruments used in the Nashville public schools via the CMS’s music education outreach program.
"We do it for those faces down there," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern, looking out at a stadium filled with fans. "But we also do it because we're putting money back into our community."
This year’s festival sold out by January and is currently 75 percent of the way to being sold out for 2015, putting it 28 percent ahead in percentage sold when compared to the same time last year.
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