It was an unusually warm January night when the tour buses of Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi rolled into the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. From the moment Jon Pardi took the stage, it just got warmer! Then it was hot! Then it became hotter!
I was invited by Core Entertainment to review and photograph these amazing Nashville artists and the venue was most impressive. Country singer Jon Pardi opened and got the crowd warmed up for a night of party and good times. As a girl who grew up with George Jones, Randy Travis, and Steve Earle, Jon Pardi was country! Loved him!
Lovin me some Cole Swindell
Next up was Cole Swindell warming up the crowd even more. Opening with ‘Hope you Get Lonely Tonight’ and everything in between, the crowd was dancing, cheering drinking in hand, and welcoming Swindell ‘The Canadian Way’ when he walked the concert cat walk. He finished off his set with ‘Let Me See You Girl’ and believe me, the crowd was PRIMED for the final performance with Dierks Bentley.
When Dierks Bentley Hit the Stage
Dierks Bentley didn’t disappoint the Hamilton Crowd. Dierks had the crowd on their feet cheering with two spotlights on the guitarist and banjo player while Dierks’, in total blackness, opened his set with ‘Up on the Ridge’. The rest of the set included a special recognition to his father and a plethora of songs, including ‘Different For Girls’, ‘5-1-5-0’ and ‘Somewhere on a Beach’ that kept the crowd drinking and dancing all night. He closed the act with his encore song ‘Drunk on a Plane’ and looked amazingly fabulous in his pilot’s outfit.
This is the third time I’ve photographed Dierks in concert. Gone are the days of being in the photo pit getting the best shot of him close up. He ensures that his fans are treated well first, with a mosh pit and easy access to ‘Shotgun’ a beer with him if you’re lucky enough to be selected to get up on stage with him.
Hamilton witnessed three great performances in one night. You can’t get much better than this Canada.
Canadian Tour Dates for Dierks Bentley WTH Tour includes:
- January 27, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- January 28, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- January 29, London, Ontario, Canada
- February 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- February 2, Saskatoon, Sasketchewan, Canada
- February 3, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- February 4, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
- February 6, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- February 7, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
- February 9, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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