Photos: “Ring of Fire” with Jewel / 4.5.13

On  April 5th packed audience at The Orleans Showroom in The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Jewel entertained the crowd with an acoustic set and a Q&A that included a sneak peek of scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire, in which she stars as June Carter Cash.  As part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the evening was moderated by CMT Radio Live’s Cody Alan, with Reba, Kelly Clarkson and Kix Brooks watching from the audience.  Jewel talked about the influences that June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash had on country music and how she prepared for the role while balancing being a new mom (her first project after having a baby). Contrary to initial fan belief, Jewel did not straighten her teeth in order to transform into June, but she did wear dentures so viewers wouldn’t be distracted by her trademark “snaggletooth.” “I was smiling like a beauty queen in the mirror because I had never seen myself with straight teeth!”  John Carter Cash joined her for a performance of “Storms Are On The Ocean,” and talked about how he “felt the spirit of his mom in the room” and the immediate calm he felt upon hearing Jewel would be playing the role.  In addition to singing “Wildflower,” Jewel performed “My Father’s Daughter,” which was prefaced with humorous tales about performing with her father at an early age – “I was the only 4th grader who went straight from school to the bar.”  She brought the house down at the end of the night by singing “Ring of Fire” and yodeling an old folk song from her childhood.

“Ring of Fire” will make its world premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

 

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Photo Credit – Charley Gallay

Rising Country Music Artists & TV Stars to Meet with Fans at The ACM Experience / Apr. 5-7

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

RISING COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS & TELEVISION STARS TO MEET WITH FANS
AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE, A FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT
AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO, APRIL 5-7, 2013

COWBOY TROY, GREG BATES, CRAIG CAMPBELL, DOG & BETH CHAPMAN, EASTON CORBIN,
KENNY FOSTER, CHRIS JANSON, DUSTIN LYNCH, JOE NICHOLS, DANIELLE PECK, CASSADEE POPE, THOMAS RHETT, WILLIE & JEP ROBERTSON, RAY SCOTT, THE HENNINGSENS,
JOEY + RORY & THOMPSON SQUARE TO APPEAR AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE

The Academy of Country Music announced today the country music artists and television stars who will be interacting with fans during the open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The Ram Ride & Drive, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Roper, ACM & ACM Lifting Lives®, CMT, GAC and Kraft Country Kitchen Booths will all offer opportunities for the public to meet their favorite artists and stars, get signed autographs and take photos with them.

Ram Ride and Drive Arena
The Henningsens will be greeting fans on Friday, April 5 from 3:00-3:30pm and Easton Corbin from 4:30-5:00pm, with Thompson Square on-hand Saturday from 2:30-3:30pm. Fans will also have the opportunity to “ride country” on a free, 25,000-square-foot interactive Ram Ride and Drive test track and watch the famous Raminator monster truck fire up and perform, smashing rows of junk cars.

Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience
Craig Campbell will be signing autographs and taking 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. While fans are waiting, they can 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.

The Roper Booth
In addition to Roper presenting the ACM EXPO, the ultimate country marketplace at THE ACM EXPERIENCE, their booth will also feature autograph signings throughout the weekend. Joey + Rory will be making an appearance on Friday, April 5 from 1:00-1:45pm, Joe Nichols from 2:45-3:15pm and Dustin Lynch from 4:00-4:45pm, with Danielle Peck greeting fans on Saturday, April 6 from 12:15-1:00pm and Cowboy Troy from 4:00-4:45pm.

The ACM & ACM Lifting Lives® Booth
Greg Bates will meeting with fans on Friday, April 5 from 3:45-4:15pm, Cassadee Pope from 5:00-5:30pm and Ray Scott from 6:00-6:30pm. On Saturday, April 6, A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Jep Robertson will be making an appearance from 12:00-1:00pm and Kenny Foster will be signing autographs from 3:15-3:45pm and Morgan Frazier from 6:30-6:30pm. In addition, visitors have the chance to win tickets to attend the ACM Awards on Sunday! They can also check out the ACM trophies up close, see what’s new at the ACM, purchase merchandise, become a member of the ACM A-list and win prizes.

The CMT Booth
Dog & Beth Chapman, America’s favorite bounty hunting team from CMT’s new show “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” will be signing autographs and taking photos with their fans on Friday, April 6 at 4:00pm and Saturday at 3:30pm. Fans can also join the Dog Pack for access to exclusive extras and a chance to win awesome prizes.

The GAC Booth
Kenny Foster will be greeting visitors on Friday, April 5 from 4:45-5:15pm and Danielle Peck from 6:30-7:00pm at the Great American Country (GAC) booth. Guests can also win a Kenny Chesney-signed guitar, get a sneak peek at GAC’s newest season of the hit show “Farm Kings,” watch highlights from ACM Red Carpet broadcasts and more. Additionally, fans can get a custom photo with GAC show hosts that can be shared from their smart phones and meet GAC personalities Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren and Nan Kelly, who will be at the booth throughout the weekend to take photos and sign autographs.

The Kraft Country Kitchen Booth
Country music duo Joey + Rory will be signing autographs and taking photos on Saturday, April 6 from 4:00-5:00pm. Also, fans won’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 Wienermobile.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE and ACM EXPO hours of operation at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are Friday, April 5th – 10am – 10pm PST, Saturday, April 6th – 10am – 10pm PST and Sunday,  April 7th – 10am – 4pm PST.  For updates on all THE ACM EXPERIENCE activities, and times for music performances and artist appearances, please visit www.theacmexperience.com

About THE ACM EXPERIENCE:
THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen, the ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival and more. The events will culminate in the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.

The Popular ‘Ram Ride and Drive’ Track Returns to The ACM EXPERIENCE

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Arial View of Ram Outdoor Test Track

‘Ram Ride and Drive’ – Fans attending The ACM EXPERIENCE will have the opportunity to “ride country” on a free 25,000-square-foot interactive Ram Ride and Drive test track. The one-of-a-kind Ram outdoor course pairs riders with professional drivers so fans can experience firsthand the performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram Ride and Drive is comprised of several obstacles including a thrilling 13-foot hill climb where passengers experience the traction capabilities of a Ram pickup truck when driving over a 30-degree-angle Ram Mountain. Atop the mountain, riders sit nearly 20 feet off the ground and a panoramic view of The ACM EXPERIENCE. Fans attending the Ram Ride and Drive arena will also have the opportunity to see one of the most feared opponents on the monster truck racing circuit, the Raminator. At select times during the Ram experience, the Raminator will fire up and perform, smashing rows of junk cars. Country fans will be able to have autographs signed and photos taken with championship driver Mark Hall. Additionally, throughout the weekend, Easton Corbin and Thompson Square will be signing autographs in the Ram Ride and Drive arena.

· Raminator, powered by a 2,000 horsepower HEMI® engine, weighs in at an incredible 10,300 pounds and stands 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide

· 13-foot Ram Mountain, riders sit nearly 20 feet off the ground

· 12-foot-by-25-foot section of terrain simulating fallen logs that highlight the truck’s ground clearance

· Steel articulation demonstration of the truck’s body strength

· Series of off-set steel ribbons that highlight the truck’s segment-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension

· A 30-degree wedge that demonstrates the stability and ride quality of a Ram pickup truck

Ram Body Strengeth

The Ram Truck Brand courtesy of Chrysler Group LLC and Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico

Ram Ride and Drive Hours of Operation
Friday, April 5, 2013 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013 10:00AM – 4:00PM

The Orleans Hotel and Casino
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103

The Ram Ride and Drive is part of the brand’s multi-faceted, multi-media partnership with the Academy of Country Music Awards. Participating riders will receive a free Ram brand gift, earn a chance to win free tickets to “Party for a Cause” and “Fan Jam” and will be registered in a sweepstakes to win $45,000 toward any Chrysler Group vehicle. In addition, riders can have their questions answered by Ram brand product specialists.

Fans can register for the Ram Ride and Drive during the scheduled hours of operation, participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and be at least 44 inches tall.

 
Ram Outdoor Track

Academy of Country Music Announces Brand Partnerships for 2nd Annual ACM Experience

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
WITH CABELA’S, DR PEPPER, KRAFT, RAM TRUCKS & MORE
TO ENRICH FAN PARTICIPATION AT

THE 2nd ANNUAL ACM EXPERIENCE, A 3-DAY, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT FOR FANS
AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO, APRIL 5-7, 2013

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES & VENDORS ADDED TO
THE ACM EXPO PRESENTED BY ROPER,
THE ULTIMATE COUNTRY SHOPPING & MARKETPLACE EVENT
AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE

LUKE BRYAN TO HOST ACM & CABELA’S GREAT OUTDOORS ARCHERY EVENT
RAM TRUCKS RETURNS WITH FAN-FAVORITE “RAM RIDE AND DRIVE” ANCHOR SPONSORSHIP
DIET DR PEPPER RED CARPET EXPERIENCE GIVES FANS TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT
KRAFT COUNTRY KITCHEN SERVES UP FOOD & FUN

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today four high-profile brand partnerships with Cabela’s, Dr Pepper, Kraft and RAM Trucks that will enhance fan participation and attendance at the free, open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We’re excited that some of America’s most well-known brands have partnered with the ACM to create engaging and unique experiences for fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music.

ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event
Luke Bryan, co-host of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, will host 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 will bring 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 will test their skills and knowledge on bow hunting, using Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment. A special “Fan Zone” will allow 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 is free and open-to-the-public and is located at THE ACM EXPERIENCE in the East Parking Lot of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience
Fans can 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. Country music artists Craig Campbell and Thomas Rhett will be featured guests at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience where they will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

 

Kraft Country Kitchen
You don’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.

 

RAM Ride and Drive Arena
Fans attending THE ACM EXPERIENCE will have the opportunity to “ride country” on a free, 25,000-square-foot interactive Ram Ride and Drive test track. The one-of-a-kind Ram outdoor course pairs riders with professional drivers so fans can experience firsthand the performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram Ride and Drive is comprised of several obstacles, including a thrilling 13-foot climb where passengers experience the traction capabilities of a Ram pickup truck when driving over a 30-degree angle Ram Mountain. Fans attending the Ram experience will also see one of the most feared opponents on the monster truck racing circuit, the RAMINATOR. Weighing in at an incredible 10,300 pounds, the Ram-sponsored race truck is powered by a 2,000 horsepower HEMI engine and stands 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide. At select times during the Ram experience, the RAMINATOR will fire up and perform, smashing rows of junk cars. Country fans will be able to take a ride in the RAMINATOR ride truck and have autographs signed and photos taken with championship driver Mark Hall in the Ram Ride and Drive arena. Easton Corbin and Thompson Square will be signing autographs in the Ram Ride and Drive arena during the weekend as well.

“The Ram Truck track will be engaging and memorable for riders as they experience the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the award-winning 2013 Ram 1500,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram Truck fans and country music fans are one and the same, as they are cut from the same cloth. Last year’s inaugural ACM EXPERIENCE event at the Academy of Country Music Awards was a big hit and we are excited to be back again to give our mutual fans the opportunity to ride and drive the most innovative lineup of full-size pickup trucks on the market.”

 

ACM EXPO Presented by Roper
Part of the free, open-to-all ACM Experience is the ultimate country marketplace, the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, which will encompass more than 200,000 square feet of shopping, interactive booths, gaming, dining and more. Unique vendors from all over the nation will offer a variety of apparel and accessories including customized jewelry, western wear, original art, homemade crafts and much more.

Additional events and activities at the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, include:

  • Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena where fans can come see the future bull stars of tomorrow compete as yearling bulls in the EG Bucking Bull Champion’s Tour for over $25,000 in prize money.
  • Coors Light Beer Garden where attendees can take a photo with the Coors Light “Official Beer of NASCAR” show car and relax with a cold one while watching many of the big screen TVs.
  • ACM and ACM Lifting Lives® booth will offer a chance to win tickets to attend the ACM Awards on Sunday! Also, check out the ACM trophies up close, see what’s new at the ACM, purchase merchandise, become a member of the ACM A-list and win prizes.
  • CMT booth which brings “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” to Las Vegas for fans to get a chance to meet America’s favorite bounty hunting team, get photos with friends and join the Dog Pack for access to exclusive extras and a chance to win awesome prizes.
  • Great American Country (GAC) booth where guests can win a Kenny Chesney-signed guitar, get a sneak peek at GAC’s newest season of the hit show “Farm Kings,” highlights from ACM Red Carpet broadcasts and more. Get a custom photo with GAC show hosts that can be shared from your smart phone. Additionally, meet GAC personalities Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren and Nan Kelly, who will be at the booth throughout the event to take photos and sign autographs.
  • The Roper Booth will feature appearances and autograph signings by Cowboy Troy, Dustin Lynch and Joe Nichols.
  • The Kid Zone features activities, jump houses, obstacle courses and an Extreme Bungee Jump.

 

THE ACM EXPERIENCE and ACM EXPO hours of operation at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are:

  • Friday, April 5th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Saturday, April 6th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Sunday,  April 7th – 10am – 4pm PST

 

For updates on all THE ACM EXPERIENCE activities, and times for autograph signings, please visit www.theacmexperience.com

 

About THE ACM EXPERIENCE:
THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen, the ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival and more. The events will culminate in the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.

 

 

Performers Announced for 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam / April 7- Las Vegas

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3rd ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM HEADLINER BRAD PAISLEY TO PERFORM
ON ACM AWARDS ALONG WITH HIS SPECIAL GUESTS
DIERKS BENTLEY AND HUNTER HAYES
AND NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
BRANTLEY GILBERT, JANA KRAMER & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LL COOL J TO MAKE A SPECIAL APPEARANCE & GAC HOST STORME WARREN
TO EMCEE THE FAN JAM & POST-AWARD CONCERT

THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
TO BE BESTOWED DURING LIVE REMOTE FROM
ACM FAN JAM AT THE ORLEANS ARENA SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

Fan Jam Tickets Available Now Through The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 888-234-2334

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Brad Paisley, headliner of the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Award Concert, will perform at the event, with his special guests Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes joining the Fan Jam.  ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have also been added to the line-up.  GRAMMY® Award-winning artist LL Cool J, star of the hit CBS drama series “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and who will be releasing his new album Authentic on April 30, will make a special appearance during the event.  GAC’s Headline Country Host Storme Warren will emcee for the first time.  The concert will also feature an additional performance in support of the ACM Lifting Lives® on-stage moment, an annual initiative that raises money for designated charities, with the artist to be announced in the coming weeks.  ACM Fan Jam is the fans-only, live concert event taking place in Las Vegas during and after the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

As previously announced, multiple ACM Award-winner Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, which gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances by top tier music acts, via remote, from The Orleans Arena, with the party continuing in a Post-Award Concert.  During commercial breaks, there will be a profusion of entertainment, including performances by country music acts, along with prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, such as autographed guitars, trip packages to music events and merchandise.  Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam are priced at $55 and are on sale NOW by calling The Orleans Arena Box Office at 888-234-2334 or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.

 

After making it through the first round of fan voting, nominees Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line will now compete for the coveted title of ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.  The winner will be announced and the award presented on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the LIVE Awards telecast.  Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist at www.VoteACM.com beginning Monday, March 25th at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT until Sunday, April 7th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT (before the LIVE show starts).

 

PERFORMERS

 

Brad Paisley has won 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting five consecutive times, and wins in the Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.  His eighth studio album, Wheelhouse, is scheduled to be released April 9, and the debut single “Southern Comfort Zone” recently became his 21st #1 hit and “Beat This Summer” is his current single.  Paisley’s highly anticipated “Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®” kicks off May 9 in St. Louis, Missouri and will hit more than 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months.

 

Dierks Bentley is an ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter that has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock & roll. Bentley’s sixth studio album Home, released in 2012, debuted at #1 and has spawned 3 chart-toppings hits, marking 10 career #1 songs as a singer and songwriter.  He is currently on the “Locked & Reloaded Tour” with longtime friend Miranda Lambert.  On April 6, Bentley will also headline the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a 2-day outdoor music festival during “The Week Vegas Goes Country®.”

Hunter Hayes has six ACM nominations, including two in the Song of the Year category as the artist and composer, as well as in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for “Wanted.”  He rounds out his nominations with New Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Wanted.”  Hunter’s GRAMMY® nominated self-titled debut album has generated three smash hits, including his current single, “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” which has already entered the Top 5 and is certified Gold, as well as his near Triple Platinum-selling #1 single “Wanted.”  Hunter Hayes is a celebrated musician, songwriter and performer who currently is on the “Blown Away Tour” with Carrie Underwood.

Brantley Gilbert has two Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year – New Artist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, and his unique sound of Country-Rock-Soul has turned him into one of country’s hottest newcomers.  Gilbert’s sophomore project, the Gold-certified Halfway to Heaven Deluxe debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and produced two Gold #1 singles, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”  As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned three #1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide.”  Gilbert is currently playing to sold-out arenas in the U.K. and North America on his “Hell on Wheels Tour.”

 

Jana Kramer is the Academy of Country Music Award’s New Female Vocalist of the Year and is also nominated for New Artist of the Year as one of the freshest young voices in country music today.  Kramer, whose self-titled album was named “Best of 2012” by Billboard and iTunes, has impressively sold over a million tracks, including more than 100,000 of the new single “Whiskey” and over a half million of “Why Ya Wanna.”  In addition to her debut album premiering at #5, the success of “Why Ya Wanna” also earned Kramer the title of highest charting debut single from a new female artist since 2006 (previously held by Taylor Swift), as well as making her one of the fastest rising debut artists of 2012.  She will be on the road with Darius Rucker’s “True Believers Tour” in May, and will join the North American “Ten Times Crazier Tour” with Blake Shelton and Easton Corbin on July 19 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 

Florida Georgia Line has three Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year – New Artist of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year.  Since releasing the top-selling, multi-week #1 debut single “Cruise,” which has since hit Double Platinum, this hot country duo has been quickly garnering buzz among fans, media and superstars alike.  Their debut album Here’s to the Good Times earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new country artist, and they’re currently traveling North America with Luke Bryan on his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.”

 

LL Cool J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums.  A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.  He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and continuing his musical expedition three decades after he first released music, LL is proudly prepping to release his latest project, Authentic.

 

The ACM Fan Jam is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, which takes place in conjunction with “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” and is a family-friendly country music lifestyle event that includes the free-to-the-public ACM Expo and the ACM Party for a Cause Festival to be held April-5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Room and ticket packages are available by calling The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 800-675-3267 or visiting www.BoydGaming.com/ACMExperience.

 

For updates on the ACM Fan Jam, THE ACM EXPERIENCE and the ACM Awards, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 48th 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 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, 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.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES 2-NIGHT OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL HEADLINED BY DIERKS BENTLEY AND THE BAND PERRY

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

FEATURING KIX BROOKS, ELI YOUNG BAND, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, HUNTER HAYES, JUSTIN MOORE& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

APRIL 5-6, 2013 AT THE ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

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THE ACM EXPERIENCE, 3-DAY, OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT FOR FANS

RETURNS TO THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO

APRIL 5-7, 2013 AS PART OF

THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

The Academy of Country Music is announcing the addition of a 2-night outdoor music festival as part of the THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the country music lifestyle event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The ACM Experience is a fan-focused three-day event including the ACM EXPO, outdoor music festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

New this year to THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a two-day ticketed outdoor music festival featuring country’s top hit makers.  Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry along with performers Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and more to be announced.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley along with performers Kix Brooks, Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes and more to be announced.  Ticket packages are now available HERE through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country, that includes the main event, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Taking over the entire property of The Orleans Hotel and Casino, The ACM Experience will be dedicated to immersing fans in the country music lifestyle, allowing enthusiasts to “Shop Country, Taste Country and Hear Country” throughout the weekend.

“With an array of concerts, shopping and other unique events, THE ACM EXPERIENCE will be a must-see destination for the tens of thousands of country music fans visiting Las Vegas during the Awards weekend,” said Tony Taeubel, Vice President and General Manager of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.  “We look forward to working with the Academy of Country Music to host an unforgettable experience for country music’s greatest stars and fans this April.”

For the ultimate country shopping and marketplace experience, the free, open-to-the-public ACM EXPO will be located just outside the Orleans Arena.  As part of The ACM Experience, the marketplace at ACM EXPO will allow fans to “shop country” with more than 150 unique country lifestyle vendors from all over the United States with products such as customized jewelry, western wear, original art, homemade crafts and more.  Fans can “taste country” at the new food area featuring local food trucks and national food vendors with a great backyard patio experience.

New to the ACM EXPO this year is the Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena where fans can come see the future Bull stars of tomorrow compete as yearling bulls. The ACM EXPO also includes the Cooper Tire Stage performance area featuring some of the brightest rising stars in country music and other entertainment to be announced.  Other indoor performance areas include Bourbon Street Lounge, Brendan’s, Big Al’s Comedy Club and the Orleans Showroom; all of which will have performances scheduled throughout the three-day experience.  The ACM EXPO will also include interactive areas complete with games and autograph sessions, such as the Dr Pepper Red Carpet, Dr Pepper Sampling Booth, GAC Photo Booth, Coors Party Bars as well as ACM and ACM Lifting Lives Booths.

As previously announced, rounding out the weekend of events at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley taking place at the Orleans Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast.  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live performances, via remote, from the Orleans Arena by Brad Paisley and other top-tier music acts, to be announced.  The ACM Fan Jam includes a profusion of entertainment, prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, including autographed guitars, trip packages to country music events and merchandise.  The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecasts ends, with performances by Brad Paisley and friends. Details will be announced soon.

ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by visiting www.ACMawards.com.  Tickets are also available at 888-234-2334 or at any Coast Casinos box office location.

ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET PRE-SALE:  ACM A-List Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Wednesday, January 23, 2013 through Friday, January 25, 2013 by visiting www.ACMawards.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed to all A-List Members prior to the on-sale date.  Tickets are also available at 888-234-2334 or at any Coast Casinos box office location.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, January 25, 2013 at www.ACMawards.com.

 

Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are:

Friday, April 5, 2013                         10AM – 10PM

Saturday, April 6, 2013                   10AM – 10PM

Sunday, April 7, 2013                      10AM – 4PM

 

For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th 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 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark and 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.