A big crowd packed Bayfront Festival Park Thursday for an evening full of great country music. Regional favorites Whiskey River took the stage as part of a reunion after three decades apart. Sara Evans took the stage next, entertaining fans with hits like 'Suds in the Bucket' and her latest single 'Slow Me Down'.

Headliner Dierks Bentley was welcomed to the stage by a roaring crowd as he kicked off the performance with his 2012 number one hit '5-1-5-0'. Bentley kept the audience going with hits like 'Am I the Only One', 'Up on the Ridge', and songs off his 'Riser' album like 'Bourbon in Kentucky', 'I Hold On', and fan favorite 'Drunk on a Plane'.

From Duluth, Dierks's 'Riser' tour heads north to Saskatchewan for a weekend festival appearance before making his way back to the U.S. with stops in Wisconsin and Iowa next week.