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Dierks Bentley Closes Out Summer at Seven Peaks Music Festival

The second annual festival boasted a diverse lineup filled with community culture and surprise jam sessions.

Credit: Zach Belcher

Dierks Bentley returned to the mountains this Labor Day weekend with Live Nation for the second-annual SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL in Buena Vista, CO. With breathtaking views of the Colorado Rockies, fans from all fifty states and six countries came together to see a diverse lineup across two stages.

Greeting fans with his acoustic guitar as gates opened Friday (August 30), Bentley set the familial tone for the weekend.

(L-R) Hot Country Knights, Tenille Townes – Credit: Zach Belcher

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.” Tritt also returned to the stage for a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best.”

(L-R) Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley – Credit: Bubba Sellars

Saturday’s daytime lineup (August 31) 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. 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.”

(L-R) Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell, Dierks Bentley – Credit: Zach Belcher

Sunday (September 1) 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.

“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.”

You can relive Seven Peaks Music Festival by scrolling through their Insta page at @sevenpeaksfest.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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