Although it’s no longer a centralized multi-day festival, the Academy of Country Music’s Party for a Cause continues on as a series of smaller shows during the weekend of the ACM Awards. That makes it a bit more unwieldy for fans looking to get the full experience, but it also allows for a range of performers, from big-name headliners to unsung songwriters, all connected to the annual awards show.
Both types of acts combine at Stories, Songs & Stars (April 13, 8:30 p.m., the Joint), featuring major acts like Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett, along with the talented Nashville songwriters (including Rhett’s father Rhett Akins and prolific hitmakers Hillary Lindsay and Shane McAnally) often responsible for country’s chart-topping singles. The Vegas institution Nashville Unplugged, which also showcases country songwriters, gets two ACM-sponsored shows (April 13-14, 10 p.m., Rhythm & Riffs at Mandalay Bay), featuring talent including Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.
The biggest headliners will be at the Bash at the Beach (April 13-14, 7 p.m., Mandalay Bay Beach), led by Chris Janson and Chris Young. Other highlights on the two-night bill include singer-songwriter Cam and guitar virtuoso Lindsay Ell.
For country fans who want to stay away from the Strip, pop-country quartet Old Dominion will headline at Red Rock’s Sandbar Pool (April 13, 6 p.m.). Info on all these events and more can be found at partyforacause.com.