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Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, and more play Froggy Fest at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Aug. 13

Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, and more play Froggy Fest at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Aug. 13
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From a press release:

Today, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton country music radio station Froggy 101 announced that its annual Froggy Fest is back, bringing Dierks Bentley’s Beers on Me Tour to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

The multi-platinum-selling country star will host an “all-night sing-along party” (Fresno Bee) in 31 cities with special guests Ashley McBryde, Travis Denning, and DJ Aydamn, starting in Wilmington, North Carolina on June 3.

“A bunch of friends, ice cold beer, and good country music is just about all you need for a perfect summer,” Bentley said.

“Every year when we plan a tour, I think this summer is going to the best yet… and this year is no different! I’m excited to have Ashley and Travis jump on this leg of the Beers on Me Tour… now just counting the days ’til June!”

Releasing his self-titled debut album in 2003, Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion streams and 20 No. 1 hits as his new single “Beers on Me” with Breland and Hardy races up the radio charts. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), he co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on his last album, 2018’s “The Mountain,” which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping release. Last year, he surprised fans with his “Live from Telluride” collection that was touted as “a gift that country music fans didn’t know they needed” (The Tennesseean).

He has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards, and more while also earning 14 Grammy Award nominations. The 46-year-old Arizona native celebrates his 16th year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame next month.

“He is dedicated to giving fans the best performance possible” (The Tennesseean) as a headliner for national festivals and during his own headlining runs. Additionally, he has created professional endeavors outside of music with his Flag & Anthem lifestyle collection Desert Son and his four Whiskey Row gastropub franchise locations.

Tickets for Froggy Fest go on sale this Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. via A pre-sale begins on Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m. with the code SHOWTIME. Listen to Froggy 101 weekdays in the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. hours for a chance to call 1-800-570-1013 to win tickets. Everyone who wins qualifies for a ticket upgrade to the pit.

This news follows last month’s announcement that Jason Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour is coming to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) on Friday, July 15 with Gabby Barrett, John Morgan, and Dee Jay Silver.

Four-time Grammy nominee Ashley McBryde cut her teeth playing country songs in rural biker bars – and it shows. Her 2018 major label debut “Girl Going Nowhere” (Warner Music Nashville) charmed the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, The Washington Post, and more, all en route to landing a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. She closed out 2019 with ACM New Female Artist, CMT Breakout Artist of the Year, a New Artist of the Year win at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, and two nominations for the 2020 Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.”

Her follow-up, “Never Will,” was tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the most anticipated of the year alongside NPR, who also ranked her Top 10 RIAA platinum-certified single “One Night Standards” as one of the best songs of 2019. Produced once again by Jay Joyce, “Never Will” reveals the witty, confessional, detail-driven songwriting addressing a wide spectrum of blue collar Southern women’s experience introduced on “Girl Going Nowhere” is still there, but perhaps even sharper, earning the Arkansas native a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Country Album, making “Never Will” the only album nominated for Country Album of the Year by the ACMs, CMAs, and the Recording Academy in the same award season. The music itself is stadium-ready rock and roll with a bluegrass wink or two and country music’s storytelling heart – and McBryde, no longer new, is the music’s ordained and highly capable standard bearer.

Her RIAA platinum-certified lead single “One Night Standards” marked her first Top 10 single, and her duet with Carly Pearce, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” continues to climb the charts on country radio in the Top 20. In between multiple sold-out shows on her current headlining This Town Talks Tour, McBryde has been back in the studio with her band Deadhorse, readying her third album for Warner Music Nashville.

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer, songwriter, and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning celebrated his first No. 1 and recently platinum-certified single with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After a Few” in 2020. Accelerating his ascend from a chart-topping single, the song is taken from his debut EP “Beer’s Better Cold” that debuted in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

Denning first made waves showcasing his “future star power” (Billboard) in 2018 with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs.” He kicked off 2020 as direct support on Dustin Lynch’s Stay Country Tour and has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Lanco, and Riley Green as well as headlined his first Heartbeat of a Small Town Tour. With over 500 million streams worldwide, he has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was previously selected as an Opry NextStage recipient and CMA KixStart Artist as he makes his mark within the industry.

Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock, and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, building a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, he moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray, and more. His newest songwriting cuts include Michael Ray’s Top 20 single “Her World or Mine.”

Aydamn is a DJ and solo artist based out of Nashville and currently residing in Miami, Florida. Voted Nashville’s No. 1 DJ five years in a row, Adam Gardner originally hails from St. Louis, where he launched on the music scene in the early 2000s as the frontman of his punk rock band Loser’s Luck, gaining a well-known following that allowed the band to tour the country and play the Vans Warped Tour. After moving to Nashville in 2011 to explore a solo career, Aydamn made his way into the DJ scene after becoming more interested in hip-hop and EDM music.

He has since become one of the most sought after DJs in the Southeast. Aydamn has performed at most top bars and clubs in Nashville, including Bridgestone Arena. He is currently on Dierks Bentley’s Beers on Me Tour, serving as the DJ opener and playing all over the country. His new EP, “Gemini,” is available on Amazon, Spotify, SoundCloud, and iTunes.