03/11/2011

TWO DAYS OF FREE, OPEN-TO-THE PUBLIC ALL-STAR CONCERTS TO BE HELD DURING ACM WEEKEND ON FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE FRIDAY, APRI

WEEKEND FEATURES RONNIE DUNN AND SARA EVANS,
NEW ARTIST CATEGORY NOMINEES AND SPECIAL GUESTS

HOSTED BY BLAIR GARNER

 WHAT: The Academy of Country Music is hosting two days of all-star concerts at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas during The Week Vegas Goes Country™! ACM Weekend on Fremont Street Experience will feature newcomer category nominees, special guests and headliners Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans performing on two different stages to crowds downtown. The weekend-long party leading up to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be hosted by three-time ACM On-Air Personality of the Year Award winner Blair Garner, host of After MidNite with Blair Garner, and will feature Sarah Darling, Casey James, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Lee Brice and Sara Evans on April 1, 2011 and Thompson Square, the JaneDear Girls, Steel Magnolia, Randy Houser, Easton Corbin and Ronnie Dunn on April 2, 2011.   ACM Weekend on Fremont Street Experience is sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

DETAILS:            Friday, April 1, 2011           
                     6:15pm                                   Sarah Darling                                                               1st Street Stage
         7:00pm                        Casey James                                                       1st Street Stage
         7:45pm                        Brett Eldredge                                                      1st Street Stage
         8:30pm                        Chris Young                                                    3rd Street Stage
         9:35pm                        Lee Brice                                              1st Street Stage
                                    (Single Record of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)
         10:45pm             Sara Evans                                                       3rd Street Stage
               
Saturday, April 2, 2011
         6:15pm Thompson Square 1st Street Stage
         7:00pm the JaneDear girls 1st  Street Stage
         (Vocal Duo of the Year &
              New Vocal Duo of the Year Nominee)
         8:05pm Steel Magnolia 1st  Street Stage
         (Vocal Duo of the Year &
         New Vocal Duo of the Year Nominee)
         9:00pm Randy Houser (New Solo Vocalist of the Year Nominee) 3rd  Street Stage
         9:55pm                        Easton Corbin                                                    1st  Street Stage
                                    (New Solo Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Single Record
                                                        of the Year Nominee & Song of the Year Nominee, )
         10:45pm             Ronnie Dunn                                              3rd  Street Stage         

Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone in downtown Las Vegas that is one of the world's most-visited attractions. Fremont Street Experience features the world's largest video screen at 1,500 feet long 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. VivaVision, with 12.5 million digital lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, dazzles visitors nightly with light & sound shows. Encompassing 10 hotel-casinos, 60 restaurants and free entertainment, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 18 million annual visitors. Visit www.vegasexperience.com for more information.

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With approximately 149,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.5 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to www.VisitLasVegas.com.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 46th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.