The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Friday night.

This is the first appearance at the local venue for the group.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had two constants since their start in 1966, Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden, with a third founding member, John McEuen eventually returning after a 14 year absence.

One thing that has definitely remained steadfast over time is their sound of country rock/American roots music.

This iconic group continues to add to their already legendary status with their multitude of multi-platinum and gold records. They have numerous Top 10 hits including "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles"; with the latter of the two being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

The spring of 2002 found the band starring in the limelight with the release of their 30th anniversary edition CD, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." This release was quickly followed by "Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume III."

They produced a PBS TV Special in 2003 highlighting their multitude of guests from all three Circle projects and it was eventually released on DVD with a box set Trilogy of the CD's.

Their most recent CD release was 2009's "Speed Of Life."

Upcoming concert events at Penn's Peak are as follows:

September

Ÿ 21 - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Coal County Express, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.

Ÿ 28 - Rubix Kube, 9 p.m. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show (Tickets on sale to the general public on July 27)

October

Ÿ 5 - Herman's Hermits - Starring Peter Noone, 8 p.m. Tickets $27 and $32.

Ÿ 26 - Paul Revere and the Raiders, 8 p.m. Tickets $32 and $27 (Tickets on sale May 18).

Ÿ 27 - Ambrosia with Special Guest Firefall, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.

Ÿ 28 - Martina McBride: One Night 2012- Presented by PenTeleData, 8 p.m. Tickets $62 and $85.

November

Ÿ 1 - Uriah Heep, 8 p.m., Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.

Ÿ 2 - Umphrey's McGee with Bright Light Social Hour, 8 p.m. Tickets $21.50 advance, and $24 day of show.

Ÿ 9 - Ryan Pelton, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.

Ÿ 16 - Lonestar, 8 p.m. Tickets $45 and $40.

Ÿ 17 - Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Tickets $33, $28, and $23.

Ÿ 21 - Dark Star Orchestra - Fall Tour East 2012, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show (Tickets on sale to the public July 28).

Ÿ 30 - Travis Tritt- Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.

December

Ÿ7 - Blue Oyster Cult, 8 p.m. Tickets $27 in advance, $32 day of show.

Ÿ 8 - The Lettermen, The Christmas Tour, 8 p.m. Tickets $32 and $27. (Tickets on sale June 2)

Ÿ 9 - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, 7 p.m. Tickets $20 and $25.

Ÿ 15 - Rita Coolidge - A Rita Coolidge Christmas, 8 p.m. Tickets $19 and $24.

February

Ÿ 15 - The Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $35.

March

Ÿ 23 - Bobby Vinton, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 and $40. (Tickets go on sale Saturday).

Luncheon shows

(Reservations required)

Ÿ Oct. 10 and 11 - Bill Haley's Comets.

Ÿ Oct. 16, 17, and 18 - King Henry & The Show: King Henry's Anniversary Comedy Special.

Ÿ Oct. 23 and 24 - The Swing Dolls.

(For reservations or additional information, phone 877-SO-GO-EAT (877-764-6328)