The lineup has been announced for the ACM Country Kickoff at The Star. The free, open-to-the-public, two-day festival is set for May 9-10 in Frisco, Texas.
Artists performing live include ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominees Dylan Scott and Nate Smith; ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominees Caitlyn Smith and Hailey Whitters; ACM Music Event of the Year nominee MacKenzie Porter; as well as up-and-coming artists Chayce Beckham, Chapel Hart, Hannah Ellis, Tiera Kennedy, Corey Kent, Randall King, Erin Kinsey, Chase Matthew, Neon Union, Catie Offerman, Frank Ray, Josh Ross and MaRynn Taylor.
There will also be special performances on Tuesday night (May 9) for “Live From the ACMs: ACM New Artist Winners Celebration,” where the New Female and Male Artist of the Year winners for the 58th ACM Awards will be revealed and celebrated. Country Heat Weekly podcast hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson will kick off the celebration show, which will air live on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.
A beer garden presented by Coors Light will be featured, in addition to a VIP space presented by Lucas Oil with a prime view of the stage. The ACM Country Kickoff will also include food trucks, photo opportunities, ACM Awards show merchandise and more.
Additionally, ACM Co-Host Dolly Parton will have an exclusive, limited-run pop-up store, Dolly! All Access, during ACM Awards Week (May 9-14) at The Star in Frisco.
For the first time, Parton is bringing her brand partners together for a custom, curated shopping experience including her fragrance lines, Dolly: Scent From Above, Dolly: Smoky Mountain and Dolly’s Front Porch Collection by Scent Beauty; Doggy Parton dog clothes, toys and accessories by SportPet and Dolly Parton’s Billy The Kid Makes It Big children’s book. There will also be a Duncan Hines spotlight section featuring the Dolly Parton Baking Collection of cakes, cornbread, muffins and brownies; a Dolly Parton Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones book pre-order opportunity, photo experience, costume exhibit and more.