May 13, 2009 — Lonestar, Little Big Town and Keith Anderson are among the artists who've committed to a trio of charitable events in Nashville during the days surrounding the CMA Music Festival next month.
Bowling, a motorcycle ride and a fashion show are among the newly announced additions to the schedule, which already includes the City of Hope celebrity softball game and Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam June 10. It all surrounds the CMA festival, which features four days of concerts at20LP Field plus the opportunity to meet dozens of artists and get their autographs.
Among the latest attractions:
• The Lonestar & Friends Strike Out For The Kids bowling party, sponsored by GAC, takes place June 8 with receipts slated for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Trent Tomlinson, Chris Young, Buddy Jewell and Bo Bice are expected to attend the annual fundraiser at Music City's Hermitage Lanes.
• Little Big Town is eyeing June 14 for its Ride For A Cure. The motorcycle caravan will depart from Harley-Davidson in Nashville's suburbs and wind up 30 miles down the road at the Harley dealer in Columbia. The day will end with a multi-artist concert, with proceeds slated for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which supports cancer and AIDS research. Other acts have yet to be named, though last year's ride drew James Otto, Heidi Newfield and Chuck Wicks, among others.
• Keith Anderson, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Wills and Katie Armiger will join numerous other performers at the Wildhorse Saloon June 10 for the Country Weekly fashion show and concert. The event will benefit Musicians On Call, an organization that lines up artists to perform bedside shows for patients recovering from illness.