There's been weeks like this before at Stir Cove. Weeks that see multiple concerts, with back-to-back, and even back-to-back-to-back shows on consecutive nights. So we know it can be done.
Still, it amazes me that the crew at Harrah's Casino can pull it off year after year. Here's a look at the upcoming Friday-Saturday-Sunday (July 18, 19 & 20) triple-header:
Friday, July 18 (8 p.m. Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs. Seats: $57.50 @ ticketmaster.com) –
The Band Perry (pictured) continues its tour in support of 2013's hit album Pioneer. At the CMT Awards a few weeks ago, the two-brothers-one-sister trio won an award for their chess-inspired video to "Done." You can watch that video by clicking on the first link at right. And to see the Band Perry's latest video, to the song "Chainsaw," click on the second link at right.
Saturday, July 19 (8 p.m. Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs. Seats: $57.50 @ ticketmaster.com) –
Dierks Bentley, always a huge draw in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, made noise himself at the CMT Awards last month when he appeared on the red carpet dressed as a pilot to promote his new single "Drunk on a Plane," which he performed at the show. With Bentley will be his string of No. 1 hits, including "What Was I Thinkin'," "Come A Little Closer," "Feel That Fire," "5-1-5-0" and plenty more. In all, Bentley has had 18 singles on the country charts, with 11 of them hitting No. 1. He's on tour to promote his latest album Riser, which spawned a pretty cool version of Flappy Bird that you can play at Bentley's website. Just click on the “Riser Bird” link at right to play.
Sunday, July 20 (8 p.m. Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs. Seats: $50 @ ticketmaster.com) –
"Ridin' the Storm Out," "Keep On Loving You," "Take It On the Run," "Keep the Fire Burnin'" – yeah, this should be epic. Sorry, hipsters, '80s power ballads still rule. Get in an REO Speedwagon mood by watching the perfectly 1981 video to the live version of "Ridin' the Storm Out." Click on the fourth link to see it.