Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host this summer’s hot television music event CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, airing Monday, Sept. 17 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.
Shot June 7-10 at the Festival, the special offers behind-the-ropes access and interviews, late-night jams, and full-throttle performances. Bryan and Perry will be featured on the three-hour show along with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band.
The primetime television special, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, debuted in 2004 on CBS as a two-hour special. In 2005, it moved to the ABC Television Network, and then expanded to three hours in 2009. The special will air annually on ABC through 2021.
In 2011, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock drew an average audience of 7 million viewers and finished as the most-watched program in its three-hour time period.