The annual Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony takes place in Las Vegas next month on April 1, but that’s not the only live-music action going on in town that weekend. On Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, fans can catch live performances by Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Scotty McCreery, Craig Campbell, and more during the two-day ACM Weekend on Fremont Street Experience taking place March 30 and 31.

And on Monday night (April 2), Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Jennifer Nettles are among artists announced to perform during a special taping for ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, a TV special that will air April 13 on CBS.

The Lionel Richie and Friends taping is a benefit (for ACM Lifting Lives), and ticket prices are on the steeper side, starting at $100.

The Fremont Street Experience concerts, though, are entirely free and open to the public. So grab your boots and have at it, people!

Details on the Fremont Street Experience:

Friday, March 30, 2012

7:00pm Love and Theft (Vocal Duo of the of the Year Nominee) 1st Street Stage
7:55pm Hunter Hayes (New Artist of the Year Nominee) 1st Street Stage
8:50pm Brantley Gilbert (New Artist of the Year Nominee) 3rd Street Stage
9:45pm Scotty McCreery (New Artist of the Year Nominee) 1st Street Stage
10:45pm Luke Bryan 3rd Street Stage

Saturday, March 31, 2012

7:00pm Jana Kramer 1st Street Stage
7:55pm Craig Campbell 1st Street Stage
8:35pm Eli Young Band 3rd Street Stage (Vocal Group of the Year Nominee, Single Record of the Year Nominee & Song of the Year Nominee)
9:50pm Laura Bell Bundy 1st Street Stage
10:45pm Eric Church (Album of the Year Nominee & Video of the Year Nominee) 3rd Street Stage

See all ACM Award nominees.

Read more about Lionel Richie’s upcoming country duets album.

Find out more about Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience on CBS Local.

Read more about the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton, the Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET (delayed PT) on CBS.

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