By JAY BETSILL (special to dfw.com - 3/24/12)
Diamond Rio is one of those special bands that managed to cross over to multiple genres successfully with nine No. 1 hits and 22 top ten singles. After becoming the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with its debut single, Meet in the Middle in 1991, they would go on to sell over 10 million albums and receive four Country Music Association Group of the Year awards, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music and their first Grammy Award in 2011.
For the group's latest DFW concert, they selected the sparkling new Cendera Center in Fort Worth. The intimate venue just off the Traffic Circle proved to be the perfect choice as the Cendera Center Sound Stage was full of adoring fans who experienced the show via the state-of-the-art sound system designed by world-renowned acoustics technological expert Topper Sowden. It was important to Cendera Funding Founder and CEO Brian Collins that his hometown have a top notch music and meeting locale and he succeeded by turning a former ice skating rink into this unique new setting that echos a nice hotel upon entry.
A major plus to the new spot's location is its walking distance to the popular Texas Monthlyfavorite Salsa Fuego restaurant. If you are wanting to eat at the show, the Yes! Taco truck is on location. Similar to sitting courtside at a Dallas Mavericks game, the center's staff will deliver food and drinks directly to your seat so that you do not miss any part of the action.
"Fort Worth is one of our favorite places in the world," lead vocalist Marty Roe said as the show kicked off. "We played golf this afternoon and now we are honored to play at this brand new place."
They went through a montage of songs from "way back in the 90s" as Roe explained that they have so many hits that they were trying to please everyone in attendance and not skip anything. Following One More Day, bass guitarist Dana Williams led the crowd in an impromptu sing-a-long. Williams also took pictures of the crowd from the stage and posted them to the band's Facebook page during the show. He warned the fans, "if you are here with someone you shouldn't be, make it a good one because you may only have one more day."
Between performances of their hits I Believe and Norma Jean Riley, the band mixed Bluegrass-style covers of rock classics Walk This Way, Born to Be Wild and Carry On Wayward Son and the Marty Robbins western classic El Paso. The band also played songs from their latest CD,The Reason, and spoke about their autobiographical book A Beautiful Mess. They wrapped the show up with another of their No. 1 hits, How Your Love Makes Me Feel and returned to to a thunderous cheer with the entire crowd on its feet for the encore with Bubba Hyde.
For further information on Diamond Rio, visit DiamondRio.com or follow them on Twitter@DiamondRioBand. To view the upcoming schedule at the Cendera Center, visit here.
CENDERA CENTER 3600 BENBROOK HWY FORT WORTH, TX 76116 (817) 984-6800
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Wed, April 4, 2012
by kim levrier