updated 06/05/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/05/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
Sure, New York City has the Governor’s Ball this weekend, but in our opinion, Nashville is the place to be.
That’s because starting today, the CMA Music Fest is underway, boasting 424 acts on 11 stages throughout Music City. Buzzy up-and-comers and old favorites are all on hand, and PEOPLE Country is on the ground, too, to bring you the latest news, photos and videos from the musical madness.
So how are the stars celebrating so far today? Take a look below and see how LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Love and Theft and more are kicking off the best fest of the Midwest: