"1000+ bikes stretch over 8 miles!! thx Columbus Police for never letting our feet touch the ground (and sorry to the cars that waited...!) "
"rowdy crowd out there for @misswilliebrown and @joshthompson now. love it. thanks y'all for being so supportive of this cause."
"in the hometown of our MILES AND MUSIC 4 KIDS sponsor #nationwideinsurance columbus Ohio.... you guys are making this one really special."
"thx country music fans and all the motorcycle riders today at MILES AND MUSIC 4 KIDS in Columbus, OH. last estimate $143,000 for kids! #fb"
We arrived at the LC Pavillion ahead of the bikes and found the VIP seating and lounge. We were a little disappointed the VIP section was behind the standing room only pit that held a couple hundred people. But we sat front row center and got lots of DB love as he pointed to us a few times throughout his set. That made up for the far away from the stage seats. (although we never sat down).
Urban Rose opened the line-up, followed by Miss Willie Brown, Josh Thompson, and Uncle Kracker. Dierks came out and introduced Joe Nichols ("We have been friends a long time--used to play the honky tonks together") and actually played back up guitar for him, along with the team dude band.
|Miss Willie Brown- Kasey Buckley and Amanda Watkins|
|Josh Thompson sang acoustic with former DB guitarist Rod Janzen|
|Uncle Kracker: "I thought I WAS Kenny Rogers when I was young," sang "The Gambler"|
|Joe Nichols backed by Bentley|
The local Nationwide Employees donated $5,000 toward the day's total.
The tear-jerker yet heart-warming moment of the day was the host family coming on stage and telling their story. The mom told us their son was 2-years-old when they found out he had a heart 3 times the normal size and would die without a heart-transplant. The Nationwide Children's Hospital was there for them, he got his transplant and is now a happy, healthy 5-year-old! He was so cute constantly waving both hands to the crowd--we all waved back and cheered! That brought reality to the reason we were all there--to help the kids!
Another memorable moment was the autographed guitar auction--all artists that day signed it. The final winning bid was $7,000 from one of our very own DB Congress (fan club) members--Sarah Ansel, from Lancaster, Ohio. Dierks called her up on stage and picked her up off the ground and swung her around in a huge hug! She also rode in the procession of bikes.
Later the other bidder who stopped at $6,500 agreed to $7,000 and they all signed another guitar for her. Dierks said, "I remember you, you were the one bidding with the big yellow hands!"
The rain held off until the last few songs, with just a sprinkle during Sideways and What Was I Thinkin'. Perfect timing. When I got back to the hotel, there was a rainbow. Perfect ending to a fantastic day!
|"Give it up for Steve Misamore on the drums!"|
It was great seeing DBC friends and meeting new ones--Jackie, Kathy and Dawn! Always worth flying from Florida to share my Dierks experience with fellow fan-clubbers!
DB Congress Chair