Dierks Bentley’s Miles & Music Brings Him Back to Earth

For months now, Dierks Bentley has been high in the sky. His “Drunk on a Plane” has been taking off and climbing higher and higher on the country charts. But now it’s time for Bentley to get down to work on his Miles & Music for Kids charity concert and motorcycle ride on land.

First, there will be the Miles part. That’s when Bentley and his fans will ride their motorcycles on a one-hour journey from a Harley-Davidson dealership in Columbia, Tennessee, to Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville. (I’ve been to Bentley’s event a few times, but have never done the ride part of it. In fact, I’ve never even been on a motorcycle ever. Maybe this is my year to change that.)

Then, there’s the Music part. So far, Bentley has recruited Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Chris Young and Jon Pardi to join him for the Sept. 28 show. (This part I have attended and have loved. There’s a vibe at the show that’s different from Bentley’s regular shows. It might be that you’re seeing the altruistic side of the artists. Or it might be the music. Or it could just be the beer. But it’s a good time and even pretty family friendly.)

And then there’s the Kids part. The money Bentley raises at the event will go to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. This is the ninth year of Miles & Music, and so far, Bentley has already raised more than $2.5 million. You can buy tickets for the ride and the concert or just the concert alone. Tickets for the ride and concert are priced at $50, and individual concert tickets are $30. Every dollar helps.