FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Latin Market Communications
Nashville, TN - May 31, 2007: Hispanic Country Music legend Johnny Rodriguez will give the opening performance at the CMA Music Festival's "Latin Country Music Show" on Saturday, June 9th at 12:30 PM on the Chevy Music Tour Stage, located at the Sommet Center at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Also performing will be Bobby Marquez, John Arthur Martinez, Melanie Torres and Janie Feliz.
This free concert is a wonderful opportunity for Nashville's Hispanic community to support Hispanic artists who are bringing a new Latin flavor and sound to Country Music and to attend Nashville's signature musical event.
Rodriguez, who hails from Sabinal,Texas (just 90 miles from the Mexican border) became known worldwide in the 1970s for songs such as "Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)," "Riding My Thumb to Mexico," and many more. Rodriguez continues to play concerts across the United States and to champion the Hispanic Country movement as the spokesperson for the U.S. Hispanic Country Music Association (USHCMA).
Texas native Martinez, like Rodriquez, grew up on a musical diet of Country, Rock and Latin music. He won national attention on USA Network's "Nashville Star" television show and continues to play a major role in bringing the Latin sound to Country Music.
Torres participated in the third season of "Nashville Star." Industry insiders have already dubbed her a star in the making.
The afternoon concert will be hosted by Maritza Baca, President of the United States Hispanic Country Music Association (USHCMA) and Eva Melo, news anchor of Nashville's Telefutura Channel 42 TV station.
CMA Music Festival, which launched in 1972 as Fan Fair®, takes place annually in Downtown Nashville. The four-day festival features more than 70 hours of live music, 30-plus hours of autograph signings, more than 400 Country Music artists and celebrities, popular exhibits, theme zones and special events. The 2006 CMA Music Festival was the biggest in event history with more than 161,000 fans throughout the event representing every state and 27 foreign countries. Half the net proceeds of CMA Music Festival are donated to the Nashville Alliance for Public Education to advance and improve music education in Nashville's public schools through the Keep the Music Playing program. 2007 CMA Music Festival takes place June 7-10. For ticket information, schedules and more, visit www.CMAfest.com.
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Borders® Books & Music: The Official Music & Book retailer of the CMA Music Festival. Additional promotional partners include Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines, AT&T- Tennessee, Back Yard Burgers, BMI, Carl Black Cavender's, Chevrolet, CiCi's Pizza®, Coca-Cola®, Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Country Weekly, Coyote Ugly® Saloon, CMT®, Crisco®, Digital Rodeo, Dr Pepper®, GAC, Gallo Family Vineyards, Great American Country, GEICO, Gillette Venus® Breeze, Grand Ole Opry, Greased Lightning Cleaning Products®, Gibson Guitar®, Hard Rock Café Nashville, Loveless Café, Mossy Oak Apparel, Music Festivals®, New Holland Agriculture Equipment S.p.A., On the Run® at Exxon, Prilosec OTC®, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Shane Co., Sharpie, Super 8®, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp®., TGI Fridays®, The Sportsman Channel®, Wrangler® and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, Yankee Candle®, EMT services are provided by Vanderbilt Sports Medicine and Vanderbilt Life Flight. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.
Chevrolet is the "Official Ride of Country Music," and continues its long-time support of the CMA Music Festival and the Country Music Awards.
Chevrolet is one of America's best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles.
For information on the 2007 CMA Music Festival, contact CMA Communications Department at (615) 244-2840.
Latin Market Communications
United States Hispanic Country Music Association