We had such an awesome time seeing Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi & Tenille Townes perform at St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater last night. His performance was electric, always finding a way to captivate us - From inviting a fan on a mid crowd high-rise to chug a beer, a spoof airline ad before his performance of "Drunk On A Plane" - Even inviting some 90's country band to open the show for him - Although they weren't that great.
What captivated me the most was a story three years in the making.
Sydney Lawton, a hometown girl from Mexico, NY, went to her first Dierks Bentley show right here in Syracuse just three years ago.
Dierks has a love for dogs, and his beloved dog Jake, had just recently died from cancer.
She decided she wanted to pay tribute to Jake, with a gift - A painting of him, she gave to Dierks in a Meet & Greet
I had the chance to talk with her after the show.
It was only my second animal painting I had ever done, so it was very nerve wrecking to do and to give to him lol. I was just hoping that he liked it, then he went on and posted it all over social media.
Turns out, it sincerely touched Dierks, leading him to post this Tweet:
Fast forward three years to last night. Dierks had another heartbreaking loss. His 14 year old dog, George, recently died as well.
Sydney returned to the Amphitheater, with another heartwarming surprise for Dierks. Another painting of his 2nd late dog.
My mom gave the painting to Dan Foley to give to Dierks because he was on his way to VIP. ... On stage, he came up to me and shook my hand and said “thank you” during a song.
That's when things were about to get surreal for Sydney. Dierks scoped her out, and invited her on stage to talk about her painting of George.
Absolute shock. I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening.
Dierks proceeded to talk about how much this painting meant to him.
"You know, we don't just throw things fans give us into a wear-house..."
And that's when it happened - Dierks brought out Sydney's painting of beloved dog Jake, she had given to him three years ago, right here in Syracuse.
That’s when I really started crying because I couldn’t believe he still had the painting, especially with him! It means a lot that my art work could mean so much to someone else.
Needless to say, it's a night Sydney will never forget. And a great memory she's given Dierks. So how does she feel about all of it?
All of my artwork is because of my amazing art teacher Mrs. Barb Sheldon. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am as an artist without her, and I just wanted to thank her. And I can’t believe how amazing Dierks is, most artists would not take the time out of their show to do something like he did, and that truly means a lot.
You can watch this all unfold below!