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Dierks Bentley & Live Nation’s Seven Peaks Fest Thrives In 2nd Year

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Multi-PLATINUM entertainer Dierks Bentley and the world’s leading live entertainment company Live Nation returned to the mountains this Labor Day weekend for the second-annual SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL. With the awe-inspiring mountain views of Buena Vista, CO accompanied by the other “14,000 reasons to go” (, fans poured in from 50 states and 6 countries for three days of music on two stages, the “Somewhere On A Beach” daytime party and outdoor adventure experiences unlike any other from a festival that “does it all” (Esquire). 

Greeting fans with his acoustic guitar as gates opened Friday, Bentley set the familial tone for the weekend. Friday, declared “90’s Night” featured performances including Deana Carter, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt. The night came to a close with a performance by Bentley’s own Hot Country Knights, complete with collaborations with Jon Pardi who joined in with Hot Country Knights on Tim McGraw’s “Down on the Farm,” Caylee Hammack taking the stage for Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” and Tenille Townes making an appearance for Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” Travis Tritt also returned to the stage for a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best.” 

Saturday’s daytime lineup set the pace for headliner Luke Bryan showcasing a genre-blend of bluegrass and Country with Caylee Hammack, Steep Canyon Rangers, Hardy, Chris Shifflet, Maren Morris and more. Luke Bryan ended the night on a high with an action-packed performance under a blanket of Colorado stars. During his set Bryan was joined on stage by Bentley and Jon Pardi for “Mountain Music” by Alabama.

“Seven Peaks feels like we are all just getting to hang out with our buddies, in this crazy setting, and that is what makes it feel so special. I think Dierks has always been somewhat of an eclectic artist and he’s never been shy to talk about his love for a lot of different forms of music,” shared headliner Luke Bryan. “A lot of these artists are ones he’s built real friendships with through his genuine love of their music and now he’s able to use his platform to showcase so many diverse acts, no matter what genre they may be.”

Sunday was ignited by the now characteristically diverse lineup featuring Tenille Townes, The War and Treaty and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jon Pardi. One musical highlight was a collaboration of the Dirt Band, Bentley and The War and Treaty on “The Weight” by The Band and a chill inducing version of the Country standard “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” The night concluded with the highly-anticipated performance by headliner Dierks Bentley who delivered a gratitude-charged, high-voltage set. USA Today praised the high-energy finale, noting “by the time Bentley took the stage for his headlining set Sunday night, he was ready to pour himself into his show and soak up every minute.”

“Dierks loves all kinds of music, he watched everybody play this weekend and he’s so serious about this festival and what it stands for,” explained Jon Pardi. “He wants every artist he brings here to feel like a rockstar and to have a good time.”

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