I've seen Dierks Bentley perform numerous times over the years and, as always, Dierks is certainly the life of the party! His concerts are so entertaining.
Dierks has a wide variety of songs and his music strikes a chord for a very diverse age group as evidenced by the audience at the Charlottesville Pavilion May 10th. There was something for young and old alike from the well known hit "What Was I Thinkin?" to patriotic ballads like "Home" to to his latest hit "5-1-5-0," a catchy little tune that tends to stick in your head.
Dierks appears to be most at home when the audience is crowding the stage - something security tried to prevent throughout the evening but eventually gave up, allowing the enthusiastic fans who kept pressing forward a coveted spot in front of the stage. Several times Dierks knelt and interacted with his fans, reaching out to them, teasing them, and occasionally singing to a smitten female in front of him.
|Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band|
Opening for Dierks was the Eli Young Band who gave a strong performance. I overheard some folks in the audience say "These guys are really good! I didn't know they had so many hits!" Mike Eli, lead singer and guitarist, was certainly impressive with songs like "Crazy Girl," "Guinevere" and my personal favorite "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." The Eli Young Band is definitely one to watch.