When Dierks Bentley booked his Miles & Music For Kids charity motorcycle ride for rainy Seattle, he had to know it was a possibility that the event would get drenched.
That possibility became reality. The city was hit with a heavy downpour last Saturday, but the good folks of Washington State still came out in full force. They raised $50,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital, as Dierks continues his work for kids charities. Since he established the Music & Miles program in 2006, he’s raised a whopping $1.3 million in all.
“Rainy days aren’t typically when most people are itching to get out the motorcycle for a leisurely afternoon ride,” Dierks says. “But we’ve come to learn over the last few years of putting these rides on that motorcycle riders may look big and bad, but they have a heart of gold, and it would take a lot more than a little rain to deter them.”
Dierks has another Miles & Music date on the horizon, but it’s just one of numerous charity events that country stars are undertaking in the near future. They include:
• Luke Bryan will headline a Ropin’ & Rockin’ For Pennies fundraiser Nov. 13 at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds in Ft. Scott, Kan. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche puts on the event in his hometown to benefit the Ft. Scott Ellis Park project. The opening act will be new artist Craig Campbell, currently charting with his debut single, “Family Man.”
• Jennette McCurdy will appear Oct. 31 at the inaugural Family Day, a carnival benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation at Belmont University in Nashville. Jennette, who stars in the Disney Channel’s “iCarly,” has recorded her first country album, which is expected to come out in 2011.
• Songwriter Craig Wiseman — known for “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Hillbilly Bone” — hosts his annual Stars For Second Harvest show Tuesday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Comedian Henry Cho will emcee the evening, which will feature Chris Young, Mac McAnally, Uncle Kracker, new duo Sam & Ruby and “Me And My Gang” songwriter Tony Mullins.
• Lady Antebellum will headline an Oct. 13 benefit for Musicians On Call in New York, according to Country Aircheck.
• Neal McCoy holds his 16th annual Angel Network golf tournament and concert this weekend in Longview, Texas. The concert is slated for Lobo Coliseum, KLTV reported, with appearances by animal expert Jack Hannah and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
• Hear The Music Live will sell off a Gibson Guitar signed by a bevy of country stars during an online auction held Nov. 9-19. Among those who’ve put their names on the instrument: Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Gloriana, Rodney Atkins, the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler, Toby Keith and Jimmy Wayne. And there are more! To find out more, visit hearthemusiclive.org.