The CMA Fest Day 4: The Sparkly Dressed Grand Finale!


We’re going right for the main act first! The Sparkly Dressed may not have played the entire setlist from the Speak Now Tour, but boy did she managed to squeeze quite a bit of the best of her repertoire into the perfect closing number for the 2011 CMA Fest at LP Field on June 12.

The Outspoken One didn’t own the stage – she remade it into her own. She played Sparks Fly, Story of Us, Our Song, Mean, Fearless/Hey Soul Sister/I’m Yours, You Belong With Me and Love Story. It was a micro-version of the whole Speak Now experience, sans the dancers, costumes or the stage. Her lyrics this time were from Sugarland’s Baby Girl: “Remember me in ribbons and curls. Love, your baby girl.”


Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who’s missing Nashville and the CMA Fest already, don’t consider ourselves an expert on concerts, festival or country music but I will give you one piece of advice:

If you want to enjoy the show thirteen times more, make sure you make friends with other citizens of the Taylor Nation who are attending. Helps a whole lot if you both have conversed on Twitter before.

A big shoutout to @harveymonster, @fearlesschef, @mallaryhope, @cayleeeee, @2amanda13 and @EmRuss11!


I had the good fortune to run into them and thus learned about the Fast Pass thing. There’s a long, long line for the photo line that runs in front of the stage. If you have a 4-day pass you have the right to do the line for the artist you want to see. However, if you manage to get the coveted Fast Pass, you can skip the long line and go to a much shorter one. That’s how I was able to not only nab these pictures but see the Sparkly Dressed and The Agency up close and personal.

There was still too much people to get noticed. I didn’t get to meet anybody from The Agency or Taylor that night. But I was so close!


I don’t want to sell the other acts of the night short. My personal breakthrough award goes to Blake Shelton, for being funny, energetic, entertaining and putting on a hell of a show. He brought out Trace Adkins for Hillbilly Bone and introduced Miranda Lambert.

On that note, if you ever go to a Miranda Lambert concert, don’t throw a beach ball at her. Just trust me on this one.

Darius Rucker was a consummate performer and I believe it’s time he started headlining.

Not far behind were the Jane Dear Girls, who performed really well for their first main stage concert and The Band Perry, who seemed right at home on a full stadium.

This is the deal. You won’t find any other concert with so many stars that offers you a chance to meet so many of them. It is not humanly possible to be everywhere or do anything, but as long as you’re committed to have a good time there is no going wrong with the CMA Fest. If you’re considering on going to one concert next year, save up and get to Nashville for the next CMA Fest in June 2012. You will be glad you did.

The Outspoken One continues the Speak Now tour in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Coming up in the Calendar:

  • June 14: Speak Now tour in St. Paul, Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. Sold Out.
  • June 15: Speak Now tour in St. Paul, Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. Sold Out.
  • June 18: Speak Now tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Heinz Field. Click here for ticket info.
  • June 21: Speak Now tour in Buffalo, New York at HSBC Arena. Sold Out.