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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Penn's Peak, Friday

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Published September 25. 2013 05:00PM

Coming to Penn's Peak on Friday is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

It's one of three concerts in four days at the Jim Thorpe venue.

On Thursday night, country giant Josh Turner returns with a packed house anticipated for this show.

On Sunday, Hinder and Candlebox combine with Devour the Day and Open Air Stereo for their initial Penn's Peak visit.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had numerous hits including "Mr. Bojangles," "Modern Day Romance," and "Dance Little Jean."

Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB's recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was founded around 1966 in Long Beach, Calif. by singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and singer-songwriter guitarist Bruce Kunkel who had performed as the New Coast Two and later the Illegitimate Jug Band.

Hanna is still a member of the band.

In 2004, country group Rascal Flatts released a cover of "Bless the Broken Road," which the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had recorded on Acoustic, from 1994. Songwriters Hanna, Marcus Hummon, and Bobby Boyd won a Grammy for Best Country Song for this work in 2005.

During 2005 the band donated use of the song "Soldier's Joy" for the benefit album, Too Many Years, to benefit Clear Path International's work with landmine survivors. Also in 2005, the band was recognized by the International Entertainment Buyers Association for 40 years of contributions to the music industry.

Just announced for Penn's Peak is a concert on Nov. 21 by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Tickets for this event go on sale Saturday.

When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over "joy," "freedom," and "energy." Which is no surprise; really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these 12 tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

"Robert Randolph is an American Original," says Don Was, president of Randolph's new label, Blue Note Records. "He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street corner church and Bonnaroo.

Randolph notes that the title track of Lickety Split (on which his sister sings the hook) is one of his favorites.

"What's great about that one is that it's something we actually played in church, just like that," he says.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base.

Randolph's unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

A schedule of upcoming Penn's Peak events is as follows:



• 26 - Josh Turner with Ayla Brown, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.

• 27 - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 8 p.m., Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.

• 29 - Hinder & Candlebox with Devour the Day and Open Air Stereo, 7 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.


• 4 - Chris Cagle, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 and $29.

• 10 - Marvin Seals & JGB, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.

• 18 - Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl, 9 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.

• 25 - Real Diamond, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 at door.

• 26 - Gordon Lightfoot's "50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour," 8 p.m. Tickets $42 and $37.


• 2 - America, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 and $40.

• 9 - Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Tickets $33 Pit, $28 reserved seating, $23 standing room only.

• 16 - .38 Special, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 pit, $32 rserved seating.

• 21 - Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show. (Tickets on sale Sept. 21).

• 27 - Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.


• 14 - Christmas with the Celts, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.


• 21 - Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Tickets $49 and $54.

• 22 - Bruce in the U.S.A., 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show. (Tickets go on sale Sept. 21).


• 22 - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 at the door.

Luncheon shows

(Reservations required)

• Oct. 1, 2, and 3 - The Swing Dolls - A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters and the McGuire Sisters. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

• Oct. 15, 16, and 17 - King Henry and the Showmen - One More for the Road, The Farewell Tour. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

• Oct. 24 - Real Diamond. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

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