Traverse City Events: Dierks Bentley at Summer Microbew and Music Fest

Traverse City Events: One of country's hottest music stars is heading to Traverse City this summer.

Chart-topping country singer Dierks Bentley will headline the 2012 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, scheduled for August 24 & 25 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Porterhouse Productions organizes the festival, now in its fourth year.

Bentley has dominated the country charts since taking Nashville by storm in 2003 with the release of his self-titled debut album, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and produced three hit singles, including “What Was I Thinkin,’” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Since then, the popular performer has sold over five million albums, earned 10 Grammy nominations and charted nine number one singles. Hit records including "Modern Day Drifter," "Long Trip Alone," "Feel That Fire," "Up on the Ridge" and this year's "Home" have cemented Bentley’s status as one of the biggest country stars in the U.S., with millions of fans flocking to his blockbuster tours with artists including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Josh Thompson.

Bentley will kick off the 2012 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival with a headlining performance on Friday, August 24 on the Historic Front Lawn at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Friday will feature a “Pint Night”-themed evening from 5-10 p.m. including pint specials from a variety of renowned Michigan craft breweries, local food and merchandise vendors, a silent disco tent and live opening musical acts, including The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The three-piece American country blues band has played such festivals as Austin City Limits, Telluride and Bonnaroo, opening for acts including Flogging Molly, Derek Trucks Band, Hot Buttered Rum and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In 2008, their album “The Whole Fam Damily” reached #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart.

The second day of the festival on Saturday, August 25, will feature an expanded brewery experience from 4-10 p.m. with over 50 breweries and 200+ flavors of beer, cider, mead and wine, live local and national music acts, $1 tasting tokens (5 tokens are included with admission), a variety of local food vendors and brew-friendly pub grub, the festival’s popular Hop ‘N Brew tasting shack, a silent disco tent and special partner activities and events. The complete musical lineup for the festival will be announced early this summer.

Tickets to the 2012 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival are on sale now at Tickets are $45 in advance/$50 at the door for Friday and $35 in advance/$40 at the door for Saturday, with a special discounted weekend pass available for $75 (advance purchase only). A limited number of VIP passes for Saturday only are also available for $50 in advance or $55 at the door, which include special perks such as early admission from 3-4, 10 tasting tokens, a free commemorative pint glass and one-on-one time with brewers. The festival is open to attendees ages 21 and up.

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