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Dierks Bentley to host ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride

Dierks Bentley in a 2012 file photo
Dierks Bentley in a 2012 file photo Invision/AP

The Academy of Country Music Awards keep promising to be one huge party when they come to Arlington next month. Not only is there the awards show itself, which will be at 7 p.m. April 19 at AT&T Stadium, there’s the Party for a Cause festival April 17-18 at Globe Life Park, and the One Night, Two Cities, All Music charity galas April 17 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo (which is where Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be).

Now another charity event has been announced, and the dress code will probably be a little different: Singer Dierks Bentley, who is an ACM Award nominee himself, will lead the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and Concert on April 18.

The rides will start in two locations: Strokers Dallas, 9304 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas, and Longhorn Harley-Davidson, 2830 W. Interstate 20 in Grand Prairie. The journeys will end at Maverick Harley-Davidson, 1845 N. I-35E in Carrollton.

Will Hoge will perform at Strokers, and Joey Hyde at Longhorn before the rides start. Former Dallas Stars player Craig Ludwig will be the MC at a concert at Maverick featuring Bentley, Hoge, Hyde, Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square and others.

Fans can register to ride and purchase general admission tickets beginning noon Friday at ticketing.acmcountry.com for $75. Proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the ACM’s charity arm, which is also putting on the “One Night, Two Cities” galas. The ride will also benefit local charities including Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Bikers Against Child Abuse, and 444 Angel. The military philanthropies include Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation and Task Force Dagger Foundation.

Bentley looks the man for the Motorcycle Ride job: He did Ride On, the theme song for History’s Biker Battleground. Check it out here for plenty of bikes and banjo.