Garth Brooks Dive Bar Show Coming to Buck Owens’ Bakersfield Joint

Coming to what’s not a dive bar not that close to you. (Courtesy Inside Studio G)

Garth Brooks announced his second Dive Bar concert will be Aug. 15 at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, which isn’t a dive bar at all. Think more of a touristy family restaurant along the lines of the old Hard Rock Cafes and Planet Hollywoods that used to dot the Newport Center and South Coast Plaza landscapes, only instead of rock memorabilia, the Crystal Palace is filled with the dearly departed Bakersfield Sound pioneer’s guitars, albums, photographs, Nudie Suits and other swag.

We bring up “The G-Man’s” Central Valley show because that’s likely the closest to OC Brooks will perform in such an intimate setting. How intimate? The Crystal Palace is where he popped the question to now-wife Trisha Yearwood in May 2005.

The Dive Bar show was first announced Monday night on Brooks’ Inside Studio G weekly Facebook live series, with “Bakersfield’s Best Country!” KUZZ FM getting the honors to spill the date over the airwaves this morning. Tickets will be available to win exclusively through country radio, and all ticket holders must be 21+, according to promoters.


The show’s name is a reference to “Dive Bar,” Brooks’ new single with Blake Shelton that will be on the upcoming Garth album FUN. The pair first sang the tune together live at the first Dive Bar show July 19 in Boise, Idaho, where Brooks’ Stadium Tour was in town for a couple days.

Dive Bar shows are being presented as part of the Seagram’s 7 #JoinThePact campaign, which aims to make roads safer for everyone by convincing drivers to never get behind wheels while impaired. Brooks and the alcohol brand have committed to securing 700,000 pledges this summer from across the country at jointhepact.com.

For more information on all of this and all things Garth, visit www.garthbrooks.com.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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