The week surrounding the annual Academy of Country Music Awards is the second best time of the year for local country fans, behind only the week of the National Finals Rodeo. In addition to the awards show itself (April 6, 5 p.m., $175-$550, MGM Grand Garden Arena), there’s the simultaneous ACM Fan Jam (April 6, 5 p.m., $45-$250, Mandalay Bay Events Center), featuring performances that will air as part of the awards broadcast, along with the ACM All-Star Salute to the Troops (April 7, 7:30 p.m., $105-$205, MGM Grand Garden Arena), which will be broadcast on CBS in May.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of attending a TV broadcast, ACM also sponsors the two-day Party for a Cause festival (April 4-5, $45-$255, the Linq), which this year is headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban and also features Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Chris Young and more. Beyond the official ACM events, radio station 95.5 The Bull is throwing its annual Guitar Pull (April 3, 7 p.m., $33-$104, Red Rock Ballroom), a charity benefit featuring acoustic performances from Gary Allan, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves and more. Sheryl Crow will also headline another benefit concert the next night (April 4, 6 p.m., $39-$79, Downtown Container Park). And the House of Blues will feature two shows from slightly less mainstream acts, with Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles joined by highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandy Clark (April 3, 8:30 p.m., $50-$75), and country-rockers Blackberry Smoke joined by blues-rockers The Delta Saints (April 5, 8 p.m., $15-$20).