Dierks Bentley played an intimate concert on Thursday night (Oct. 11) in honor of the Grammy Museum’s 2018 Jane Ortner Education Award recipient. Prior to Bentley’s upcoming California shows at the 20,500-seat Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San Diego and the 17,500-capacity Hollywood Bowl, the country superstar performed an intimate show at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson with all proceeds benefiting the museum’s curatorial and educational programs.
Between shows for this Mountain High Tour, Bentley took the stage for a roughly 40-minute set following a speech from award recipient Lois MacMillan of Grants Pass, Ore. MacMillian received the honor after creating a six-lesson unit based on the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s smash Broadway hit, Hamilton, for her 8th grade history class. The educator thanked the Grammy Museum for the acknowledgment of her mission to incorporate music into non-musical classrooms to engage and encourage students to explore history and their creativity.
The Grammy Museum began honoring K-12 teachers who recognized music’s contribution to today’s society in the classroom with the Jane Ortner Education Award in 2011.
“Thank god for this woman, amen,” Bentley said to MacMillian after performing his “Woman, Amen” single from his latest album The Mountain.
Bentley added that he would be performing at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 14, but was excited to play the intimate Grammy show to help celebrate incredible educators.
While we’re playing the Bowl, “You’re out in the trenches making a really big difference,” Bentley said to award recipient MacMillian.
The 14-time Grammy award nominee also joked that he was like the soap opera actress Susan Lucci of the Grammys. Lucci was famously nominated for 19 Emmy Awards before winning for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children. Bentley has yet to win for his many nominations, but said he had high hopes for this February when the Grammys return to Los Angeles.
Bentley and his band played hits like “Drunk on a Plane,” “Burning Man” and 2014’s “I Hold On,” which reflects on keeping an older pickup truck that reminded the singer of his father.
“We’ve got a tour bus that would look great on the track,” Bentley joked with the audience of no more than 200 attendees.
The event allowed for guests to get on the Porsche Experience Center track with one of their experienced drivers. In addition to racing around the closed track at high speeds in a 911, Cayenne, Macan, Cayman and/or Boxer, attendees could pick up tips from the drivers on how to get the most out of their vehicles.
The sleek facility, built to match their luxury cars, houses several rooms to show off various models of Porsches including their latest line, the Mission E electric cars.
The evening also offered a silent auction for those wanting to further help the museum. Auction items included Carrie Underwood signed and framed “Blown Away” sheet music, a Songwriter magazine with Kacey Musgraves on the cover that was signed by the singer, a Shure SM58 microphone signed by Anderson East, vintage Emmylou Harris signed vinyl, and Porsche Experience Center passes.