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Photos: Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Sasha McVeigh kick off Week Vegas Goes Country

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Hunter Hayes, left, performs during the 2014 ACM Week Kick Off Party on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Linq in Las Vegas.

2014 ACM Week: Kick Off Party at the Linq

David Nail performs during the 2014 ACM Week Kick Off Party on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Linq in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

The mega-stars of country and the Academy of Country Music have taken over Las Vegas until late Monday. Everywhere you turn, there’s a major recording star and a country-themed party or celebration.

The Week Vegas Goes Country officially started Thursday night with the ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, a free, open-to-the-public concert headlined by 22-year-old heartthrob and rising star Hunter Hayes with performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh in the festival grounds just steps from the Linq and the High Roller observation wheel.

Fans turned out in full force enjoying the performances, the food trucks and the sponsor booths. The kickoff event served as a preview to the Second Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, the two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban that begins today with Rascal Flatts and FGL and continues Saturday with Keith.

The events lead up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday at MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing on CBS and the companion Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center. “ACM Presents: Salute to the Troops” will be recorded at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Monday.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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