Dierks Bentley: a Casino Concert Review

15 Nov

Dierks Bentley

Saturday evening was the first time I had the opportunity to attend a concert at the Treasure Island event center. Needless to say, it was very quaint. There was no more than a couple thousand people in attendance for the show – and the setting was perfect. It was almost like a personal concert from Dierks Bentley himself; well, you and a couple thousand close friends. Dierks sounded great from start to finish, and the guy definitely knows how to work a crowd.

There is a double-edged sword about shows at a casino; on the one hand, the shows are generally shorter in time – only about 75-90 minutes, but, on the other hand, the shorter amount of time encourages the artist to play their super hits. In other words, casino shows are like “best of” shows where artists only play their radio hits or the most popular songs from their albums.

Dierks didn’t disappoint. He started the show with “Country & Cold Cans,” the title track to his latest EP, and never missed a beat. It was a Dierks Bentley hit, one after the other. He slowed down the show for only a small handful of songs, including the poignant song, “My Last Name.” After he finishes his 2012 tour, Dierks said he was going to retire “My Last Name” for awhile, so I’m stoked I got to see him perform it one last time before its impending – though I’m sure temporary – retirement.

One of my favorite Dierks Bentley songs is “Home” – and it carried an extra special meaning this weekend seeing as though Veterans Day was on Sunday. He must have been to an Eric Church show recently because during “Home,” Dierks asked the audience to take out their phones and light up the hall like the northern sky. It was a really cool sight. I was too mesmerized to snap a picture.

I’ve been a Dierks Bentley fan since his first single “What Was I Thinkin’” hit the airwaves in 2003, and have had the chance to see him several times. If you haven’t been to a Dierks Bentley show, I highly recommend checking him out next time he comes through town.


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