The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will mark the reopening of the Luhrs Performing Arts Center at the University of Shippensburg with a performance on October 9

The legendary American roots band will perform at this state-of-the-art venue for the first time since February 2020.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa .– The University of Shippensburg will mark the reopening of the Luhrs Performing Arts Center for public concerts on Saturday, October 9 with a performance by the legendary Grammy-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Center announced this week.

The show, which is set to start at 7:30 p.m., will be the first at the university’s state-of-the-art venue since February 2020.

The prices of reserved tickets are as follows: $ 55, $ 45, $ 35 and $ 25. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-SHOW (7469).

All concert participants must wear masks.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is one of the most accomplished groups in American roots music. After an extended 50th anniversary tour, the ensemble grew to six in 2018 for the first time since their early days as a jug band.

The group now includes Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica), Bob Carpenter (keyboards), Jim Photoglo (bass, acoustic guitar), Ross Holmes (violin, mandolin) and Jaime Hanna (electric guitar) ) and acoustic guitar).

All six members also sing, and when their voices merge, the harmonies add a powerful new component to the legendary band.

And with the father-son couple of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the group continues a tradition of blood harmony country music.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Bunch performed their first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band, and by 1969 they became the lifeblood of the burgeoning country-rock community.

Their career breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy and the single “Mr. Bojangles”, a popular Top 10 pop hit that remains a staple of their live show.

While touring Nashville around this time, Earl Scruggs and his family came backstage to say hello. This introduction led to a friendship and some of the connections the band needed to record “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, a three-record album that brought the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band together with a number of country, folk and bluegrass legends. like Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis and Doc Watson to sign country standards like “I Saw the Light”, “Keep on the Sunnyside” and the track “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.

The acclaimed project is considered a historic recording in American music.

The Luhr Center’s spring 2022 season lineup will be announced soon, the site said. Stay up to date with show announcements and special offers throughout the season by subscribing to the Centre’s email newsletter at

For more information on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band visit or call 717-477-SHOW (7469).

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