CMA Music Festival: Jason Aldean, Florida Line Energize Stadium Crowd

Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson Join Them for Thursday Concert at LP Field

The hills of downtown Nashville are alive with the sound of music — country music — with the 2015 CMA Music Festival that kicked off Thursday (June 11) and continues through Sunday.

Gary Allan marked the official start Thursday morning during a free concert on the Riverfront Stage. The day’s lineup included Montgomery Gentry, the Cadillac Three, Ashley Monroe, Maddie & Tae, Craig Campbell, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery and Rodney Atkins.

But the first big concert across the Cumberland River at LP Field cranked up Thursday night with back-to-back performances by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt and Alan Jackson. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers opened the concert with their arrangement of the national anthem.

Check out some photo highlights from the evening:

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean John Russell/CMA

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line John Russell/CMA

Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox

Rascal Flatts Richard Gabriel Ford/WireImage

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus

Rascal Flatts Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley John Russell/CMA

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt John Russell/CMA

Alan Jackson

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Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin, Gatlin Brothers John Russell/CMA