The ACM Experience
THE ACM EXPERIENCE was held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This three-day family-friendly event gave fans the ultimate country experience in one place. They were able to SHOP country at the free-to-the-public ACM EXPO; TASTE country as we celebrate all things country with food trucks and vendors from all over the country; RIDE country at the RAM Ride and Drive, an amazing outdoor track like no other; and HEAR country at live free venues happening throughout the Orleans property plus our new two-day ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival featuring The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and many more!
Added to the weekend was the 3rd ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM featuring Brad Paisley which took place at the Orleans Arena on Sunday, April 7. This live remote location gave country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event
Luke Bryan, co-host of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event at THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a unique event from 10:00am-11:30am PT on Saturday, April 6th that brought together country music artists, military personnel and fans in an archery exhibition featuring 3D and traditional targets. ACM Awards nominee Jason Aldean, country music artists Kix Brooks, Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie Robertson and Jep Robertson tested their skills and knowledge on bow hunting, using Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment. A special “Fan Zone” allowed the public to be close to the action and also to test their bow hunting skills with Cabela’s Pro Staff from noon-2:00pm PT. The Fan Zone was free and open-to-the-public and was located at THE ACM EXPERIENCE in the East Parking Lot of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience
Fans could sample the One of a Kind taste of Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and Diet Dr Pepper and get their time in the spotlight at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, a special photo area duplicating the red carpet arrivals line at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Craig Campbell signed autographs and took photos on Friday, April 5 from 12:00-12:30pm and Chris Janson from 5:00-5:30pm, with Thomas Rhett on Saturday, April 6 from 11:45am-12:15pm and Ray Scott from 2:00-2:30pm.
Kraft Country Kitchen
Fans didn't want to miss the delicious food trucks and vendors at the Kraft Country Kitchen, complete with over 13 food vendors, relaxing backyard picnic area, and of course, the world-famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. Country music duo Joey + Rory signed autographs and took photos on Saturday, April 6 from 4:00-5:00pm.
Special ACM EXPERIENCE music events (full schedule below) included:
- Sneak peek of scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire,” starring Jewel as June Carter Cash, including a LIVE acoustic performance by Jewel
- ACM Songwriter Show at Orleans Showroom brought the fan experience akin to Nashville’s Bluebird CafÃƒÂƒ© to Las Vegas! The event was hosted by Dallas Davidson and Don Schlitz and featured ACM Song and Songwriter of the Year nominees Phil Barton, Johnny Bullford, Will Hoge, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Jon Stone.
- Free-to-the-public performances on many stages throughout the weekend, at Bourbon Street Lounge, Brendan’s and the Orleans Showroom in The Orleans Hotel and Casino and more
The schedule for performances on the Cooper Tire Stage, presented by Digs4Gigs.com and PBR Rock Bar & Grill, located in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena at THE ACM EXPERIENCE included:
Friday, April 5 – 10:00am-10:00pm
10:15am – 12:35pm – Digs4Gigs.com Talent Competition Finalists
1:45pm – Kalsey Kulyk
3:30pm – Wynn Williams
4:20pm – Kenny Foster
5:25pm – Ray Scott
6:40pm – Katie Armiger
7:55pm – Danielle Peck
Saturday, April 6 – 11:00am-7:30pm
10:15am – 12:35pm – Digs4Gigs.com Talent Competition Finalists
1:40pm – Kalsey Kulyk
2:45pm – Kenny Foster
4:00pm – Charlie Worsham
5:45pm – Morgan Frazier
Sunday, April 7 – 10:00am-4:00pm 10:00am – Barry Van Wie
11:00am – Josh Ward
12:00pm – Meghan Linsey
1:00pm – Blackberry Smoke
The schedule for performances held in other Orleans Hotel and Casino venues at THE ACM EXPERIENCE included:
Friday, April 5
9:30pm-12:30am – performances by Kristen Kelly, Jerrod Niemann, Joanna Smith, Tate Stevens, Love and Theft, and The Henningsens at the Sony Green Room at Brendan’s Pub
9:30pm-1:00am – performances by Easton Corbin, Sara Davidson, Eric Paslay, William Michael and Charlie Worsham, hosted by Ayla Brown at the WME Speakeasy at Bourbon StreetLounge
9:30pm – “Ring of Fire” with Jewel in Orleans Showroom included a sneak peek of scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie with an acoustic performance. “Ring of Fire” made its world premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The event was free and open to the public. Tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am PT Friday, April 5 (day of show only) from the Orleans Showroom Box Office inside the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Saturday, April 6
9:30pm–12:30am – performances by Dakota Bradley, Jaida Dreyer and Austin Webb at Streamsound Records at Bourbon Street Lounge
10:00pm–12:30am – Meghan Linsey hosted “Country Karaoke” at Brendan’s Pub
9:30pm–11:30pm – ACM Songwriter Show at Orleans Showroom, hosted by Dallas Davidson and Don Schlitz and featuring ACM Song and Songwriter of the Year nominees Phil Barton, Johnny Bullford, Will Hoge, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Jon Stone. This event was free and open to the public. Tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am PT Saturday, April 6 (day of show only) from the Orleans Showroom Box Office inside the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
- RAMINATOR Demolition Demo
- HGTV Mobile 'Recharging' Stations
- Kid Zone featuring activities, jump houses, obstacle courses and an Extreme Bungee Jump
- The ACM, CMT, GAC Booths for Interactive Fun
- Oscar Mayer 'Wienermobile'
- Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum featuring Tim McGraw
- Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena
- Coors Light Beer Garden
Saturday, April 6
Sunday, April 7
For the ultimate country shopping and marketplace experience, the ACM EXPO was presented by Roper, was located just outside the Orleans Arena. As part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the marketplace ACM EXPO presented by Roper included more than 200,000 square feet of shopping, gaming and eating. Unique vendors from all over the United States and Canada offered products such as customized jewelry, western wear, furniture, original art, homemade crafts and pottery.
In addition to Roper presenting the ACM EXPO, the ultimate country marketplace at THE ACM EXPERIENCE, their booth also featured autograph signings throughout the weekend. Joe Nichols made an appearance on Friday from 2:45-3:15 followed by Dustin Lynch from 4:00-4:45. On Saturday, Cowboy Troy greeted fans from 4:00-4:45.
Fans could stop by the ACM Booth on Friday to meet Greg Bates at 3:45, Cassadee Pope at 5:00, and Ray Scott at 6:00 with Saturday appearances by Willie & Jep Robertson at noon, Tate Stevens at 1:30, Love and Theft at 2:30, Kenny Foster at 3:15 and Morgan Frazier at 6:30. The CMT Booth featured Dog and Beth on Friday at 4:00 and again on Saturday at 3:30. Fans could stop by the GAC Booth on Friday to meet Joanna Smith at 3:00, Kenny Foster at 5:30 and Danielle Peck at 6:30, with Angie Johnson at 12:30 on Saturday.
The ACM EXPO also included the new Kraft Country Kitchen backyard patio food area with tastes from around the country and Cooper Tire Stage stage for some of the brightest rising stars in country music and other entertainment. The ACM EXPO was produced by Group W Productions, LLC.
RAM Ride and Drive
RAM Ride and Drive demonstrated the capabilities of RAM products and engaged country fans with a closed course including a 13-foot mobile hill and steel suspension ramps. Fans could also check out the new features of the 2013 RAM trucks on display in the RAM Ride and Drive arena. The Henningsens greeted fans on Friday, April 5 from 2:30-3:30pm and Easton Corbin from 4:00-5:00pm, with Thompson Square on-hand Saturday from 2:30-3:30pm.
Party for a Cause Festival
Two-day outdoor music festival with an emphasis on philanthropy at the Orleans Arena. Friday’s line-up was sponsored by BMLG and General Mills, benefitting their “Outnumber Hunger” initiative. Talent presented by Big Machine Label Group. Saturday was hosted by Kix Brooks and included a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project®, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Education Programs. Appearances by: The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Greg Bates, Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line as well as Love and Theft.
Friday, April 5 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM (gates open at 2 PM)
Saturday, April 6 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM (gates open at 11 AM)
3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam
Featuring Brad Paisley and Special Guests
Remote into the 48th Annual ACM Awards & Post Show Concert
Live from the Orleans Arena
Sunday, April 7, 2013
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fan Jam (doors close at 4:30 PM)
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Concert by Brad Paisley
Tickets: All tickets were $55, general admission (no reserved seating)