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Road trip weekend: The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley perform in Council Bluffs

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If you are a big country music fan and you don't mind a little drive, this might be the weekend for a little weekend getaway. On consecutive nights in Council Bluffs, The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley will be taking turns playing Stir Cove, the outdoor amphitheater at Harrah's Casino. So, book a room, bring some extra gambling money, and make a weekend out of it. Here are the details.

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On Friday, July 18, The Band Perry plays Stir Cove at 8 p.m. In just four years, the three Mississippi-born siblings have produced two albums that have hit #2 (2010's The Band Perry) and #1 (2013's Pioneer) respectively on the Country charts while producing seven Top 10 Country singles, including the #1 smashes "If I Die Young", "All Your Life", and "Better Dig Two". The Band Perry has won three ACM Awards, three CMA Awards, and two CMT Awards, and they have been nominated for a host of other awards, as well. Tickets for the show are $50 (plus fees) through Ticketmaster. All tickets are general admission, and ticketholders are advised to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. This will be an all ages show.

Then on Saturday night, July 19, Arizona native Dierks Bentley will take the Stir Cove stage at 8 p.m. Bentley has won two CMT Awards, an ACM Award, and a CMA Award, and he has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards. He has also been invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. The singer has racked up five consecutive #1 albums, and he has totaled ten #1 singles. You can check out Bentley performing one of those #1 singles, "Am I the Only One", live at the Grand Ole Opry in the accompanying video. Bentley's latest album, entitled Riser, came out in February. Tickets to see Dierks Bentley at Stir Cove are also $50 through Ticketmaster, and his show will also be an all ages general admission event. Again, it is suggested that fans bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

Both shows will be "rain or shine" events.

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