The East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center in Forrest City will welcome the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the 2013-2014 Spotlight Series. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 7.
Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in the country rock and American roots music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.
The group formed as a jug band in southern California in 1966. Considered one of the longest-running country-rock groups of their time, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, including original band members Hanna and Fadden, has been making music for nearly five decades. They’ve produced more than 20 studio albums and multiple platinum records.
The band’s groundbreaking “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album was brought back to life nearly 30 years after its original release and inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. Currently, they are touring in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album “Speed of Life.”
Tickets for the concert are $35 and go on sale Monday, October 7 and are available online at www.eacc.edu or by calling 870-633-4480 ext. 352. The EACC Fine Arts Center is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City right off of I-40. Season Ticket packages are also available.