American Idol Alums Will Be Well-Represented At The 2012 CMA Music Festival

Carrie Underwood gained national attention on American Idol.

Millions of people tune in every week to watch American Idol and then take to their phones to vote for their favorite. While all the contestants want to be declared the winner, many of the contestants are able to use the popular reality show as a launching pad for careers in music, as well as theater, television and movies.

Several former contestants have chosen to make their careers in country music. Fans will be able to connect with many former Idol contestants at this year’s CMA Music Festival. Below, you will find information about where you need to see (and possibly meet) some of your Idol faves.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie will be pretty active during CMA Music Festival. On Tuesday, she will be holding her annual fan club party. Believe it or not, this is the fifth year of Carrie’s fan club. Fans who have attended before say it’s one of the best parties of the week. Carrie give a performance, does a Q&A with fans, and even plays games and has little contest with her fan club. Apparently, it’s a pretty interactive fan club party. From what I’ve heard, Underwood doesn’t do a meet and greet session. The event is held at the Grand Ole Opry house, which makes it cool in my book. Carrie is already confirmed to perform Tuesday night at both the 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows.

Tickets are not available. An email was sent out to Underwood’s fan club members to RVSP if they were able to go. Then, a group was selected to attend. The fans that were selected then had to confirm that that would be able to attend the party.

Underwood will be performing Friday night at LP Field. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com

Underwood will also be playing on the Grand Ole Opry Team during the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday morning. From what I understand, fans typically have good luck at getting autographs, so that’s probably your best bet if you are hoping for Underwood’s autograph. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Carrie Underwood gained national attention on American Idol.

Bo Bice

On Tuesday, Bo will be participating in an unique event that will take place at Grand Ole Golf and Games, located on Music Valley Drive. The event will raise money for Hear The Music Live, a non-profit organization that gives opportunities to youth. He will be participating in the go-cart challenge and mini-golf challenge. People can play mini-golf for $25 or participate in the go-cart challenge for $20. They also have the package to do both for the discounted price of $40. Tickets can be purchased at celebritygogo.com.

On Friday, Bo will be a part of the Fan Clubhouse Party at Third and Lindsley. Tickets are $35. More information can be found at bobice.com.

On Saturday, Bo will play a free show at Centennial Park at 11 am.

 

 

Kellie Pickler

On Thursday, Kellie will be playing a free show at Margaritaville starting at 10 pm.

On Saturday, Kellie will be the featured artist during the Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is a free show, but people must be a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame to attend. If you are not a resident of Tennessee, you can get a membership to the Country Music Hall of Fame for $30. Residents can get a membership for $40.

On Saturday, she will also be signing her latest CD, 100 Proof, at the Museum Store at Country Music Hall of Fame at 12:30 pm.

Pickler will also be performing at the Opry Matinee show on Saturday at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased at opry.com.

Josh Gracin

On Tuesday, Josh will be participating in an unique event that will take place at Grand Ole Golf and Games, located on Music Valley Drive. The event will raise money for Hear The Music Live, a non-profit organization that gives opportunities to youth. He will be participating in the go-cart challenge and mini-golf challenge. People can play mini-golf for $25 or participate in the go-cart challenge for $20. They also have the package to do both for the discounted price of $40. Tickets can be purchased at celebritygogo.com.

Casey James

On Thursday, Casey will be playing at the Guitars of the Stars benefit, which will be held at 5 pm on the Buckle stage. The event is free.

On Friday, Casey will be playing a free show at 12:30 pm on the plaza outside the Country Music Hall of Fame. He will be signing autographs at the Museum Store at 1:15 pm. Fans will be able to purchase his CD.

On Saturday, Casey will play on the Riverfront stage at 12:30 pm. The show is free.

Scotty McCreary

On Saturday, Scotty will be a part of the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge at 9 am at Greer Stadium. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com

Also on Saturday, Scotty will have his first fan club party. It will begin at 11:30 am and the performance will begin at 1 pm. The party will include a lunch, Q&A, performance, and meet and greet. It will take place at Rockettown. More info can be found at scottymccreary.com.

On Sunday, Scotty will perform at LP Field. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Lauren Alaina

On Wednesday, Lauren will be performing and signing autographs at the GAC Kickoff Breakfast at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event begins at 7 am and is sold out.

On Friday, Lauren will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry at 7 pm. Tickets are available at opry.com.

On Saturday, Lauren will be a part of the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge at 9 am at Greer Stadium. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com

Melinda Doolittle

On Tuesday, Melinda will be participating in an unique event that will take place at Grand Ole Golf and Games, located on Music Valley Drive. The event will raise money for Hear The Music Live, a non-profit organization that gives opportunities to youth. She will be participating in the go-cart challenge and mini-golf challenge. People can play mini-golf for $25 or participate in the go-cart challenge for $20. They also have the package to do both for the discounted price of $40. Tickets can be purchased at celebritygogo.com.

Aaron Kelly

On Thursday, Aaron will be playing at Just Kickin Saloon at 8 am.  This show was originally  called Cowboy Troy and Friends, but it was renamed because Cowboy Troy will unavailable due to Dancing With The Stars and other commitments.

Bucky Covington

On Tuesday, Bucky will be participating in an unique event that will take place at Grand Ole Golf and Games, located on Music Valley Drive. The event will raise money for Hear The Music Live, a non-profit organization that gives opportunities to youth. He will be participating in the go-cart challenge and mini-golf challenge. People can play mini-golf for $25 or participate in the go-cart challenge for $20. They also have the package to do both for the discounted price of $40. Tickets can be purchased at celebritygogo.com.

On Wednesday, Bucky will participate in the Kickoff Parade. It will begin at 11 am, but you will want to line up early to make sure you have a good view. You will be able to everything if you stand on Broadway. Last year, I watched the parade in front of Jack’s Bar-B-Q. had a great view. It is a free event.

On Wednesday, Bucky will be having a fan club party, but you don’t have to be in his fan club to attend. It will be in the private upstairs room of Whiskey Bent Saloon, starting at 8:30. It will include an acoustic performance and a meet and greet, as well as a Q&A session.

On Saturday, Bucky will be a part of the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge at 9 am at Greer Stadium. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com