Dierks Bentley, the leader of the pack when it comes to this year’s male ACM nominees, will head up another pack at an ACM-sponsored event in conjunction with the upcoming awards show next month. The singer will be out front as host of the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert on April 18th in Dallas, one day ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration of the ACM Awards.
Kicking off with performances by Will Hoge (at Strokers Dallas) and Joey Hyde (at Longhorn Harley-Davidson in Grand Prairie), the ride then begins at those two dealerships and concludes at Maverick Harley-Davidson in Carrollton, Texas, with a concert featuring former Dallas Stars player Craig Ludwig as emcee and Bentley as host. Other performers include Bentley, Hoge and Hyde, with Clare Dunn, James Otto, Dee Jay Silver, Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square and more artists to be announced.
Beginning Friday, March 20, at 10:10 a.m PT, fans can register to ride and purchase general admission tickets for $75 at www.ticketing.acmcountry.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, as well as local child abuse advocacy groups (including Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Bikers Against Child Abuse and 444 Angel) and military philanthropies Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation and Task Force Dagger Foundation.
Bentley, who has held his charitable Miles and Music motorcycle ride and concert since 2005 (which featured Miranda Lambert and Montgomery Gentry, among others), isn’t the only country superstar who’s “born to be wild” this year. Toby Keith will headline the inaugural Lost Highway Festival, May 29th at the San Manuel Theater in San Bernadino, California. The two-day event will feature a pair of motorcycle rides and music from Keith, along with Eli Young Band, Southern California punk band Social Distortion, rockabilly icon Reverend Horton Heat and Canada’s Lindi Ortega.