The second day of CMA Fest 2019 started off much like the first – cloudy and wet. Rain and thunderstorms moved through the area early Friday, causing the festival to delay the start of the outdoor stages.
Rain continued throughout the afternoon, but much to fans’ delight, the clouds seemed to part just as it was time to make the trek across the Nashville pedestrian bridge to Nissan Stadium.
Friday night’s lineup included performances from Jo Dee Messina, Little Big Town, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood.
Lindsay Ell was on hand to open the show with a stunning performance of the National Anthem. Ell also stuck around for a surprise performance of “What Happens In A Small Town” with Brantley Gilbert.
CMA Fest co-host Rhett pulled off another surprise when he invited his good buddy Jon Pardi to join him on stage to perform their duet, “Beer Can’t Fix.”
One of the most buzzed-about performances of the night came from Church, who took the stage with just an acoustic guitar. The iconic entertainer sang a whopping 17 songs in just 30 minutes.
Just before Underwood took the stage, a downpour came from nowhere, but luckily, the rain stopped before the superstar’s closing set. Fans were shocked when lengendary rocker Joan Jett joined Underwood to sing a number of Jett’s biggest hits.
See photos from the second nightly concert at Nissan Stadium below.
CMA Fest 2019 continues through Sunday. The festival is being taped for a three-hour concert special that will air Sunday, August 4 at 8/7c on ABC. Rhett will co-host the special alongside Kelsea Ballerini and Bobby Bones.
Jo Dee Messina
Brantley Gilbert with Lindsay Ell
Dan + Shay
Little Big Town
Thomas Rhett with a Surprise Appearance by Jon Pardi
Carrie Underwood with a Suprise Appearance by Joan Jett