Dierks Bentley performs July 23

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Dierks Bentley performs July 23

Dierks Bentley performs July 23 for An Appalachian Summer Festival's Outdoor Fireworks Concert.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

An Appalachian Summer Festival features country music sensation Dierks Bentley on Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University.

This year marks the return of the popular Outdoor Fireworks Concert, with previous installments having been held inside the Holmes Convocation Center.

Outdoors again at the newly remodeled Kidd Brewer Stadium, the concert promises a night full of music, fireworks and fun, organizers said, suggesting that concertgoers should pack a picnic and come early to enjoy all of the pre-concert festivities.

And following Bentley's performance, the ever-popular fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks returns to light up the Appalachian sky.

Since his debut album in 2003, Dierks Bentley has been mixing the traditional sounds of bluegrass with popular country music, creating a sound that is uniquely his. He has shattered the country music charts with hits, including, "What Was I Thinkin'," "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do," "Come a Little Closer," "Every Mile a Memory" and "Feel that Fire." He has been nominated for dozens of awards, including Best Country Album for the 2008 and 2011 Grammy Awards and was named the Top New Artist at the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Most recently, Bentley has debuted his bluegrass album, "Up on the Ridge," which brings him back to his bluegrass roots and showcases his collaborations with some of the greatest bluegrass and country artists of our time, including Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert.

This event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, with additional support from Appalachian State's Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore. Tickets are on sale now and cost $32 for adults, with special discounts offered to Blue Ridge Electric members. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and all tickets are general admission.

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