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Dierks Bentley brings ‘Burning Man’ to Grand Forks

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Despite the snow storm raging outside, thousands flocked to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks to hear country star Dierks Bentley perform as part of his Burning Man Tour on Saturday night.

“Not only did Grand Forks show up today — you came to party,” Bentley told the audience.

Before Bentley took the stage, Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes performed. Bentley’s ‘90s cover band Hot Country Knights kicked off the show.

Bentley opened with his hit song “Burning Man.”

The crowd enthusiastically sang along with Bentley to old favorites like, “Somewhere on a Beach” and “Drunk on a Plane,” but he also played music from his newest album, “The Mountain,” like “Living.”

Mid-show Bentley stopped to read signs the crowd had made for him and even asked where he and the band should go for drinks after the show.

“Did I hear Joe Black’s? Is that what you guys said?” Bentley said, to which the crowd went wild.

Bentley has had 18 No. 1 songs in country radio, and he has been nominated for 13 Grammys, at least one from each of his last six albums.

Bonnie Meibers

Meibers joined the Herald in September of 2018. She reports on all things business in Grand Forks and the surrounding areas. Have a tip or want to get to know her? Call her at (701) 780-1114 or email her at

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