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First round of performers announced for ACM’s Party for a Cause festival

Kenny Chesney will be among the performers at this year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival.
Kenny Chesney will be among the performers at this year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival. MCT

Arlington is poised to become Nashville West for a few days next month, as more of the festivities surrounding the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards take shape.

Today, organizers announced the first round of performers for the two-day Party for a Cause Festival, April 17-18 at Arlington’s Globe Life Park.

To call the line-up star-studded seems inadequate: Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band and Florida Georgia Line will appear during this year’s Party for a Cause Festival, with more acts to be announced in the next few weeks.

The festival, in its third year, will also be taped for broadcast on CBS as a two-hour special, “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!,” airing May 15.

The music kicks off on outdoor stages at noon on Friday and Saturday, before moving inside the park at 6:30 p.m. each night.

“For the Academy’s milestone anniversary, we wanted more fans than ever to join us in our party and we thought it was a perfect fit to combine the ACM Party for A Cause Festival and our annual CBS special into one historic event,” said Bob Romeo, ACM CEO in a statement. “Fans and viewers can expect a night of surprises from an all-star lineup of performers who have graced our ACM Awards stage throughout the past 50 years.”

Ticket packages for the festival, which includes admission to the previously sold out 50th annual ACM Awards (being held next door at AT&T Stadium April 19), are on sale now, via Ticketmaster. Proceeds from Party for a Cause ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives.

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713

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