4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival: Day 2 Recap – April 2, 2016

Dierks Bentley performs onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)
Dierks Bentley performs onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)

The 4th ACM Party For a Cause Festival wrapped up its second day this evening (April 2) at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada.

4th ACM Party For A Cause Festival Day 1 Recap – April 1, 2016

The morning kicked off with the ACM & Cabela’s Celebrity Tic-Tac-Toe Archery TournamentCabela’s Ambassadors Luke Bryan and Justin Moore returned to host the fan-favorite event and featured appearances from Luke BryanChris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Justin MooreEric PaslayChris Rice, and Granger Smith, former MLB player Adam LaRoche, plus Cabela’s pro staff Wade Middleton and Kristy Titus participated in the archery tournament featuring Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment. To check out our interviews and a full recap from the event, click here.

Frankie Ballard, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Chris Stapleton and Chris Young performed on the Ram Trucks Main Stage with earlier performances on the Cabela’s Stage from Chase Bryant, Courtney Cole, Chris Lane, Jackson Michelson and A Thousand Horses. Dierks Bentley closed out Day 2 of the festival with an unforgettable performance on the Main Stage.

4th ACM Party For a Cause Festival Day 3 Recap – April 3, 2016

Check out some photos and highlights from the second night below. Tomorrow the 4th ACM Party For a Cause Festival comes to a close with must-see performances from Kip Moore, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Lindsay Ell, Maren Morris, and headliner Kenny Chesney. Don’t forget to stay glued to our Twitter @CS_Country, Instagram @celebsecretscountry, and Snapchat (CelebSecrets4U) for the behind-the-scenes scoop from the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival!

Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay and Charles Kelley perform onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for ACM)"
Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay and Charles Kelley perform onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for ACM)”

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelly and Eric Paslay joined headliner Dierks Bentley on stage to perform Kelley’s debut solo single, “The Driver” and it was amazing. 

Lee Brice performs onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ACM)
Lee Brice performs onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ACM)

Lee Brice performed an acoustic version of Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl;” which he wrote. Brice also surprised Ginger Ravella (a military widow and Folds of Honor advocate) with a piece of her past that she never thought she’d ever see again, a truck that had belonged to her fallen husband and sold before his deployment. Ginger was overwhelmed by the gesture and was overcome with tears on stage during the presentation.

Last year, Lee performed a benefit concert for Folds of Honor, a non-profit that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled veterans. After the performance, Ginger Ravella (a military widow and Folds of Honor advocate) was overcome with emotion and told Lee that his song, ‘I Drive Your Truck’ held a special meaning to her family – it reminded Ginger of her fallen husband, Troy Gilbert, who was forced to sell his 3rd generation family-owned truck before his last deployment. Troy’s F-16 fighter jet crashed in Iraq while trying to save U.S. troops (story here).

Singer Lee Brice (L) and Ginger Gilbert Ravella speak onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for ACM)
Singer Lee Brice (L) and Ginger Gilbert Ravella speak onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for ACM)

Immediately, Lee and his manager got digging. After nearly 6 months of cross country searching, Lee and Ginger’s second husband (Jim Ravella) found Troy’s original truck in Phoenix, AZ. They purchased the truck, payed to get it fixed up and shipped it to Las Vegas in time for the ACMs this weekend. To make it better, Troy’s youngest son, Greyson, got his license earlier this month and will be driving his late father’s truck.

Dustin Lynch rides a raft over the crowd while performing at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ACM)
Dustin Lynch rides a raft over the crowd while performing at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ACM)

Dustin Lynch crowd surfed from the Ram Trucks Main Stage in an inflatable boat while he sang “Where It’s At.”

Mark Davis/Getty Images
Mark Davis/Getty Images

Chris Stapleton performed a duet with his wife, Morgane, as the sunset over the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. During his performance, ACM CEO Bob Romeo presented Stapleton with his ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year. 

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.