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Unofficial kickoff to CMA Fest includes benefit concerts

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A couple of concerts will be raising money for good causes as part of the unofficial kickoff to CMA Fest week.

The Music City Gives Back concert will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at Ascend Park.

Big & Rich will be headlining the free annual concert, which was started by Rodney Atkins eight years ago. The event raises money for the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville. The lineup also includes Drew Baldridge, Travis Denning and Ashley McBryde.

Before the concert begins, several country music stars will be holding autograph sessions at Ascend Park.

  • Ally Bank
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Phil Vassar
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Kip Moore
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Drew Baldridge
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Jay Allen
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hudson Moore
  •  Carl Black Chevrolet
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Canaan Smith & Lee Brice|
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Adam Craig
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Jon Pardi & Justin Adams
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Radio Romance
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Rodney Atkins
  • Wrangler
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Dillon Carmichael
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Stephanie Quayle
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Uncle Si and the Sicotics
  • TuneIn
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m. William Michael Morgan
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Teagan Marie
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Walker McGuire
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Kalie Shorr
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Adam Doleac

On Monday night, Darius Rucker will be raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with his annual "Darius and Friends" concert. The all-star lineup includes Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Ashley McBryde and Rachel Wammack. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are already sold out.

On Tuesday night, several country music stars will be performing at the 14th annual Stars for Second Harvest Benefit at Ryman Auditorium. The lineup includes Jake Owen, Morgan Wallen, Jillian Jacqueline and Mason Ramsey. The show benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Click here for more information.

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