TAMPA, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Saturday’s Thunderstorms didn’t keep fans from crowding out the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater for one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Dierks Bentley Burning Man Tour.
The night kicked off with two up and coming bands, Hot Country Knights and Tenille Townes. As the intermission approached after the two opening performers, the crowd grew restless with excitement for Bentley’s tour mate, Jon Pardi, who’s known for his newest hit “Heartache Medication” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” Don’t let the titles of these songs fool you, one may put you in a mellow mood, but the other gets you on your feet in an instant, especially this Tampa Bay crowd. Hundreds of fans began shouting, “Heartache on the dance floor!” while others were dancing and twirling through the isles and up on the lawn. The audience’s electric energy matched the Florida skies.
After Pardi wrapped his set, everyone enjoyed the intermission music and refilled their drinks before the night’s headliner hit the stage. As the crowd stilled, a guitar started up a song and immediately everyone knew it was Dierks Bentley. He ran out to the edge of the stage, greeted the crowd and opened with Burning Man, an absolute fan favorite, and what better way to kick off the Burning Man Tour set? The next song the crowd lost its mind for was Bentley’s 2016 hit “Somewhere on a Beach.”
A few songs later, the lighting in the amphitheater mellowed out and Dierks began talking to the crowd, explaining the fulfilling moments of the tour, then welcomed Tenille Townes back to the stage to deliver a heartfelt performance of another 2016 chart topper, “Different For Girls,” which typically featured Elle King. Two songs later, Bentley began to close his set for the night, thanking his band mates and thanking the audience for their love. The Burning Man Tour was everything it was anticipated to be and summer highlight for Tampa Bay!
Kasey Hudson is a Florida National News contributor. | firstname.lastname@example.org