Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram are teaming up for what planners are calling "a big Texas-sized party" in honor of Super Bowl XLV. Starting Thursday, the Aloft Hotel in Dallas will be transformed into the 'Bud Light Hotel.'
As part of the temporary remodeling, the parking lot will be turned into a concert venue, complete with a huge outdoor tent capable of holding about 3,500 guests. Bentley and Ingram will play there Sunday prior to the big game.
"I plan on putting on my football uniform and tackling Dierks during his set!" Ingram tells Taste of Country. "I'm also gonna play a few new songs of my own as well as a remake of the famed 'Super Bowl Shuffle!'" He goes on to say, "I had a few good offers to go see the game live, and one of these times I will go see the game in a stadium. But, I really dig watching the game on TV... the commercials, checking out the personal profiles of players, the halftime chaos and all that stuff. I'm gonna haul a--- back to Austin after my show and drink Bud Light on the couch while I stuff my face with chips and queso."
Ingram doesn't know any of the Super Bowl players personally, but he reveals, "I do know a few NFL players, [whom] I've met through the years. It always amazes me that I watch Robby Gould kick a game-winning field goal, text him congratulations, and before the dude is off the field he hits me back like it's no big deal! That cracks me up!"
On Thursday, the Bud Light concerts kick off with live performances from Nelly, Ke$ha, Snoop Dogg and more. Bentley and Ingram are the only country stars performing during the series, but then again, they have the most coveted spot, playing on Super Bowl Sunday. Fans across the country who can't be there in person can watch the show here, as long as they're over 21.
Bentley is amped up for the game as well. "My favorite sport to watch is football. I love the Titans. Everyone in this band loves watching football. Mostly pro football, but we watch a little college football, too." The 'Up On the Ridge' singer is currently recording his next album, and if you want to watch a country star at work, you can check out a live feed from the studio on his official site. The only catch is that while you can see the recording, you won't be able to hear anything. Bentley, who's clearly no dummy, explains, "There is no audio on purpose ... we don't want to spoil the surprise."