Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are among the initial slate of performers set to appear at the 2005 CMA Music Festival.

Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are among the initial slate of performers set to appear at the 2005 CMA Music Festival. Scheduled for June 9-12, the event formerly known as Fan Fair will comprise more than 70 hours of concerts throughout downtown Nashville and a host of other activities.

"This is a party with something for everyone," Country Music Association executive director Ed Benson says. "The music spans the genre and the activities appeal to all ages. And the opportunities to meet and interact with the artists, a hallmark of this event for the past 34 years, continue with numerous activities for every taste and interest, from archery to cooking."

Other artists confirmed to take part in this year's event are Keith Urban, Trick Pony, Jo Dee Messina, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Azar, Brad Cotter, Cowboy Troy, Billy Currington, Josh Gracin, the Jenkins, Jon Randall, Julie Roberts, Phil Vassar, Jimmy Wayne, Mark Wills, Darryl Worley and Michelle Wright. Dozens more artists are expected to participate.

Ticket packages on sale now include nightly concerts at the Coliseum, daily shows at the Greased Lightning daytime stages, admittance to the Wrangler Fan Fair, the Sports Zone, Bush's Baked Beans Family Zone, the Fun Zone and CMA Music Festival After Hours. Gold circle tickets are already sold out, with remaining tickets priced from $125 to $145 available via 800-CMA-FEST and Ticketmaster.