Dierks Bentley with Tenille Townes and Jon Pardi at Rogers Arena, 1/29/19
The Burning Man tour is an appropriate name for the production Dierks Bentley brought to town Tuesday night, because Rogers Arena was on FIRE.
There’s usually a high possibility of a tired and lazy Vancouver crowd at any weeknight show, but Bentley and company made sure that wasn’t gonna happen.
Setting the energy of the night was The Hot Country Knights, a tongue-in-cheek, drunk, 90’s cover band, which is actually Bentley & his band dressed undercover to purposely butcher 90’s country from the likes of Shania Twain to Travis Tritt, arguing over songs, falling over, singing out of key, and eventually getting kicked off stage by security. Most of the audience had no idea it was Bentley until at least half way through, but everyone in early attendance was captivated by this massive gong-show.
Tenille Townes, a Canadian up and comer from Grand Prairie, Alberta, was in high spirits after just receiving her first #1 single in Canadian Country music. As the only female act on the Burning Man tour, Townes stunted with her powerful pipes and Stevie-Nicks-esq edginess. The growing audience sang and swayed along to her mesmerizing voice before she ended her set with radio hit “Somebody’s Daughter.”
When it came time for Jon Pardi, a familiar face to Vancouverites – this being his third visit in under two years – it was clear this could have been his own headlining show. The seats were packed, everyone was on their feet and singing along to hit after hit of his live neon honky-tonk. One thing was abundantly clear, Vancouver was here to PARDI.
The man of the hour, Dierks Bentley, was ready to rock as he hit the stage with the title track of the tour: “Burning Man.”
The stage was set with a massive back screen and two side screens that changed from different outdoorsy, to spacey visuals combined with shots of the blonde beauty as he raced around the stage checking out his excited audience. He made a sly comment about all the pretty ladies dressed for the summer, or perhaps “ready for Wreck Beach” before breaking into “Somewhere On a Beach.” The crowd went wild with Bentley’s knowledge of such a local summer spot, and an absolute summer anthem.
If you’ve been to a Dierks Bentley show before, you’ll know it’s strictly routine for him to challenge an audience member to a beer shotgunning competition, and after running through the crowd to a B-Stage, he picked one lucky fan to do just that before ripping into “Am I The Only One? (Who Wants To Have Fun).”
An acoustic, raw version of “Come a Little Closer,” allowed the audience to show off their beautiful voices and cell-phone flashlights, before Bentley ripped back through the very touchy crowd and called on Pardi to help cover a few country classics prior to closing out the show. One thing is for certain, fun and positivity is absolutely not lacking within the Burning Man Tour, and it shows in the spotlight. A wonderful evening for country fans in Vancouver.