Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to play wide-reaching set list

PHOTO PROVIDED The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will play at the Community Arts Center an Oct. 8.

On Oct. 8, the Community Arts Center welcomes country-rock legends Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to the Dr. William J. Martin Theatre.

Since their first gig in 1966 as a jug band in beautiful Southern California, Nitty Gritty has been evolving their sound and bringing their classic American Roots music around the globe, according to a news release. The touring group now includes Jeff Hanna on acoustic and electric guitar, Jimmie Fadden on drums and harmonica, Bob Carpenter on keyboards, Jim Photoglo on bass and acoustic guitar, Ross Holmes on fiddle and mandolin and Jaime Hanna on electric and acoustic guitar.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band first reached stardom with the release of the record “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy,” featuring the single “Mr. Bojangles,” which was a top 10 hit and has since become a staple of their live performances.

For nearly 55 years Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been making music that spans rock, country and pop genres — allowing every show to be a unique concert experience for every audience.

“With so much material to work with, the band is making it a point to shuffle the set lists more often, meaning that this isn’t the same Dirt Band show from years past. We’re fortunate that we’ve got a deep songbook. That’s been on our list, to resurrect some of the tunes we haven’t done in a while, in addition to some new stuff,” founding member Jeff Hanna said, according to the news release.

The Community Arts Center is excited to be part of the history of such an iconic group of performers.

“We want to continue bringing a variety of great entertainment for everyone in the Williamsport Community. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a sound that is sure to resonate with any music fan. It’s not often one finds a band that plays to such a wide assortment of audiences,” Courtney Fowler, coordinator of marketing communications at the Community Arts Center, said, according to the news release.

Get your tickets at caclive.com.


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