What Were Angels Fans Thinkin’? That the Post Win Dierks Bentley Concert Rocked, of Course!

Saturday, country singer Dierks Bentley and his band helped the Big A get a little bit Sideways following a killer 9 to 3 victory over the Mariners for the second concert in the Angels 50th Anniversary Summer Concert Series. Of course I went to the game too, and that was even more fun than the concert, but it was faster to write about the concert first…so stay tuned for the game/series/sweep! notes, same bat station, same bat blog…or something like that…but enough of that. Back to the concert.

The grounds crew move the stage into position and the is stage firmly in place behind second base and ready to rock and roll…er…with country flair?…well, I think country rocks just as hard as my rock and roll faves anyway, so you get the general idea. Anyway, when I was choosing tickets for this game, I was having a hard time picturing how the stage would be set up and didn’t find a lot of help online. So, Angels fans or anyone else planning on taking in one of the other concert offerings this summer, take a look at the pics below and think of the favorite places in your price range from which to view Aybar or Kendrick diving for a ball on the grass just behind second base.

The grounds crew hauls the stage into place on pulleys with trucks. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

The summer concert stage, all set up behind second base. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Dierks Bentley and his bad move out to the stage. Hey, it was almost as cool as Downs or Walden making an entry from the bullpen. ;)

The band heads for the stage. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Dierks Bentley rocks out with his guitar and invites a fan to “come a little closer.” I liked Dierks Bentley before this concert. My husband turned me on to country about the time we got married and Bentley is one of many acts I have come to love for his clever, oft sarcastic lyrics, rich voice and rocking guitar. But hearing the band perform live, I love them all the more – especially after the bluegrass rendition of U2’s Pride they performed in honor of our grounds crew and their herculean efforts to prepare the Big A for and rehab it from the U2 concert last month.

Dierks Bentley performing at the Big A. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Dierks Bentley invites a fan to "come a little closer." Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Angels players enjoy the concert! Interested Angels and their families watched the concert from in front of the dugout. It was nice to see the guys enjoying themselves one game away from ending a fantastic home stand. I have identified Angels players where I could, but some of these guys could be staff or Mariners players joining their friends. (There are no intentional shots of family members here.) Show me a headshot of any of the Angels in uniform and I can tell you who it is, but in street clothes I freely admit that I can’t identify most them. Sadly, I would be the fan who couldn’t recognize some of her favorite Angels if she accidentally sat next to them in a bar…until they spoke that is. That’s just how my memory works. I once sat in front of Martin Sheen at a performance of Death of a Salesman and had no idea it was him until he spoke.

(Back) Fernando Rodney, Bobby Wilson, Trevor Bell (?), Jeff Mathis, (front) Bullpen Coach Steve Solis and someone I do not recognize enjoy the concert. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and players/staff I do not recognize enjoy the concert. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Closer shots of the bass and fiddle players. I am a sucker for instruments beyond the typical “Rock Band” set up of guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboard. The Barenaked Ladies bass. Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murpheys bagpipes. Boingo’s horn section and “rumba phones”. Jethro Tull’s “heavy metal” flute. I adore them all! So is it any wonder I started liking country music largely for the fiddles, banjos and bass?

A good shot of the fiddle player. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...(Seth)

A nice shot of the bass player while Dierks Bentley has a "guitar duel" with a band mate. Dueling guitars trump dueling banjos? Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

The band takes a “huddle” post concert. All told, Bentley and band gave us nearly an hour of great music. The set list was as follows: Feel That Fire, Every Mile a Memory, Am I the Only One, Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go), Trying to Stop Your Leaving, Settle for a Slowdown, Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do, Up on the Ridge, How Am I Doin’, Pride (In the Name of Love), Come a Little Closer, Sideways, What Was I Thinkin’. And, let me tell you, jotting that down at the concert gave me pleasant flashbacks to my college days, noting the set lists for Nine Inch Nails and the last Boingo Halloween concert to post on Occidental College’s usenet group for my less fortunate friends to enjoy. How’s that for the way back machine, ladies and gents? ;)

A post concert huddle. Dierks Bentley at the Angels Summer Concert Series, July 9, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

All told, I give the summer concert series a huge thumbs up. It was a lot of fun to cap off the win rocking out in the stands with other fans. The music was great and the sound was even decent considering the sheer amount of cement involved in stadium concerts. The Angels grounds crew and special events staff did an amazing job getting the concert set up quickly after the game and Bentley and his band absolutely did not disappoint. And they were so gracious and charming. Bentley repeatedly praised the Angels organization, grounds crew and players. He admired the fans’ tailgating expertise and kept telling us how tickled he was to be performing in a well lit stadium where he could see all of us. Apparently he’s a real baseball fan too and roots for the D-Backs.

I have but one small complaint. I have extremely eclectic taste in music. I was raised on classic rock. I went through a hair band and metal phase. I came of age during the alternative and grunge movements. I love, love, love punk, especially with bag pipes. I really like country music from the traditional to the poppy. I like ska, jazz, blues, surf rock, rockabilly, big band, Dixieland, Irish folk music, classical, some hip-hop, funk and pop, and the list goes on. And yet, there was only one out of the four concerts I wanted to attend. Granted, I really wanted to attend this one, but I anticipated drooling over at least two or three of the four. But even if that were to be the case every year from here on out, I would still vote for continuing the concert series promotion long after the anniversary. Way to go Angels!

10 Comments

Ah Summer concert series! I love that anecdote about Martin Sheen. I once threw a football at Steven Page of the Ladies when they were doing a soundcheck before a football game in Ottawa. He caught the ball.
—Mark Gauthier
http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

That’s a great brush with BNL story Mark! The band just is not the same since Page went solo.

– Kristen

Barenaked Ladies and Flogging Molly, two really good bands… as for those Angels, they’re unstoppable right now.

I completely agree Bluejaysnest. And I am so happy with the Angelsnright now. They’re have fun, playing great ball, full of deserved swagger and just a joy to watch. :)

Looks like the Halos have learned from the success of the Rays and their concert series. Looks like a lot of fun! How cool would it be to be there on the field level!? (Psst, secret: I’ve never heard of Dierks Bentley, but I’m off to check ‘em out.)
–Jeff

Well they say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, Jeff, and in this case I hope we continue to flatter the Rays silly. Not too shocked that you haven’t heard of Dierks Bentley. He doesn’t get any crossover play. Check out “How am I Doin'” and “Sideways” first if you want a taste. “How am I Doin'” is sort of a gleeful, country Pretty Hate Machine, thematically at least.

– Kristen

Gotta admit I am not familiar with Dierks either, and I categorize myself as having rather eclectic tastes as well. Your comparison with NIN’s debut has me intrigued (one of my favorite albums from the late 80’s) – I’ll have to check him out on iTunes. I have to ask, though – what are the other three acts that have you totally uninspired??

Sue
http://rrrt.mlblogs.com

Hi Sue – Well, it’s thematically similar, both are well written with interesting word play and the intention of getting back at a lady who done them serious wrong…but Bentley’s is funny whereas NIN’s is more knife in the gut. I’m a big fan of both, by the way. I was not interested in Ludacris (I am very picky about Rap and while there is some I find I like a lot, I do not care for most of it, except at dance club…and I have’t been to a club in yeeeeears :) ), MercyMe (which is Christian Pop), Ne-Yo who I don’t know at all and Taio Cruz. Though it does sound like Taio Cruz was good. Basically, if I was a season ticket holder, I would have probably gone to Ludacris and Taio Cruz as well just to check it out and maybe find something knew I liked (knowing I would enjoy the game if nothing else), but as a non-season ticket holder, the concert series tickets are extra expensive so I am loathe to experiment.

– Kristen

Glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t heard of Dirk Bentley. Live music is always fun, though, and celebrating a win is always fun. I’m still in the hair band era, as I refuse to grow up. Now, if Avril was on stage, I’m sure I’d escorted out after constantly trying to get up on stage…Anyway, the Angels are playing exciting ball. It’s amazing what a quality and imaginative manager can do to spark his team.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

Mike – I am really amused that this L.A. chick is the only one who’s heard of the country singer. :) Though I suppose none of the folks who’ve commented live in raging country music hot spots either. Another Avril crushee, eh? :) I’m not surprised, the lady is beautiful and talented. Oh and I still have all the CDs from my hair band phase and put them on my ipod. I will still be breaking that stuff out when I’m old and grey.

– Kristen

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