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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Green Bay

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to the Meyer Theater in October.

The band will perform at the Green Bay theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Following an extended 50th anniversary tour, the ensemble grew to a six-piece band in 2018 for the first time since their early jug band days.

The group now includes Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica), Bob Carpenter (keyboards), Jim Photoglo (bass, acoustic guitar), Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin) and Jaime Hanna (electric and acoustic guitar). All six members also sing, and when their voices merge, the harmonies add a new component for the legendary band. And with the father-son pairing of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the band carries on a country music tradition.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played its first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band. By 1969, it had become a cornerstone of the country-rock community. Their career breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of the record Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy and the single “Mr. Bojangles,” a folksy Top 10 pop hit that remains a staple of their live show.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band earned a pop resurgence in 1980 with “An American Dream” and “Make a Little Magic.” Those singles also found traction on the country chart, setting the stage for a major run at country radio. The band secured 16 Top 10 country hits between 1983 and 1990, including three No. 1 singles: “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” “Modern Day Romance” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.”

Tickets are $55 and $50 and are available at www.MeyerTheatre.org, the Ticket Star Box Office in the Resch Center or by phone at 800-895-0071.