Jan. 27 2016 11:03 AM

Country star is first confirmed artist for Common Ground Music Festival

Country star Dierks Bentley is the first confirmed artist for this summer's Common Ground Music Festival.
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Common Ground Music Festival is still nearly six months away, but the popular summer festival has already confirmed its first artist. The festival’s organizer, Meridian Entertainment Group, announced Tuesday that Dierks Bentley will headline July 9’s slate of performers. The country music star headlined last year’s last year’s WITL-sponsored Taste of Country Music Festival that drew over 12,000 fans to Cooley Law School Stadium.“We’re excited to have him back in Lansing,” said Jenna Meyer, marketing director for Meridian Entertainment Group.

The Nashville-based singer/songwriter kicked off his national career in 2003 with his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. The two-time Country Music Award winner and 12-time Grammy nominee released his latest single, “Somewhere on a Beach,” just last week. His eighth studio album, “Black,” is set for an early 2016 release, and Bentley co-hosts this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Luke Bryan in April.

Single day tickets for July 9 go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. July 9 falls on Saturday, which is traditionally one of the festival’s biggest days. Last year’s Saturday night slate, headlined by Snoop Dogg and Wale, drew over 11,000 attendees to Adado Riverfront Park.

Meyer has already noticed some buzz around the announcement. Even with no other artists announced, she expects that the Bentley news will spur some early ticket purchases.

“There seems to be a really good response on social media,” she said. “We expect a good bump on ticket sales Friday.”

Common Ground Music Festival

July-5-10 Adado Riverfront Park (877) 569-7767, commongroundfest.com