Universal Studios Orlando, Florida welcomes country music star Dierks Bentley at their annual Mardi Gras event this Saturday, February 27th. The concert starts at 8:30 PM at the Music Plaza Stage following the Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras is included with park admission and with the purchase of Discount Universal Studios Tickets.
Growing up in a nonmusical family in Phoenix, AZ, Dierks Bentley got his country music education on his own, listening to recordings. A love of the music inspired him to move to Nashville at the age of 19, but he quickly grew discouraged by the lack of public and professional interest coming his way. It all changed when he walked into the Station Inn, a bar where the bluegrass faithful hang out. An all-night jam session recharged his batteries and he restarted pursuing gigs. He landed a job at the TNN television network doing research on classic country music and by night he worked on his demos. Capitol Records heard the artist, signed him, and released his self-titled debut, Dierks Bentley, in 2003, which yielded the impossibly catchy single “What Was I Thinkin'”. Modern Day Drifter followed two years later and became a Top Ten hit. In 2006 he returned with Long Trip Alone, a more polished effort that was commercial but not crass. A new album, Feel That Fire, was released in early 2009, with hits such as “Sideways” and “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.”