Dierks Bentley led a pack of more than 1,000 bikers in Nashville on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 3) during his eighth annual Miles & Music for Kids charity ride and concert. More than $307,000 dollars were raised to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
"I really look forward to this day the whole year," Bentley told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. "It's just my favorite day of the year -- giving back to the community in Tennessee, home gig, friends coming out to sing, friends coming out to ride bikes, everyone gathering to raise money for the Vanderbilt children's hospital. Just a win-win situation for everyone. I couldn't be more excited."
During the past eight years the event has continued to expand, drawing crowds from all over the U.S. Bentley says as long as fans continue to come out for the cause, there will always be a Miles & Music event.
"This year I think we had, like, 4,000 tickets presold," he said. "People are coming from all over the place. I saw a girl on Twitter that came all the way from 1,000 miles away just to come here for this event."
The day concluded with an all-star concert at Nashville's Riverfront Park. Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge and others joined Bentley in performing to an estimated 10,000 fans.
"The lineup is crazy," Bentley said before the concert. "I'm so excited to get up there and go mess around with Luke and Jake and go jump on their stage, and that's the whole vibe to this show. Really just play a down-home, Tennessee kind of thing where you see your favorite singers playing in a more acoustic setting and just having fun with the crowd. It's a really special type of show."
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View photos from Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids event.