Grand Theatre welcomes Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Grand Theatre welcomes the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to its stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $60, $50 and $40. While the show is sold out, a few tickets may be returned for resale.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band last year celebrated its 50th anniversary as a working band. Its infectious blend of rock and country has charmed audiences for decades, and the group has been a strong influence for generations of performers.
The group has its roots in the folk music scene in the Los Angeles area in the mid 1960s. It started as a jug band playing homemade instruments. Its humble beginnings were economic necessity, according to Jimmie Fadden, harmonic player and original member.
“We played instruments that we could afford,” Fadden said in a recent phone interview. The gear included a washtub bass, harmonica, kazoos and jugs. “It was sort of proletarian,” music of the people, he said.
The group formed during music sessions at a Long Beach area guitar shop. Early members included singer/guitarist Jeff Hanna, multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, and harmonica player Fadden. Hanna and Fadden have stayed with the group since its inception, and McEuen currently performs with the band after a hiatus in the 1990s. Another early member was Jackson Browne, who moved on to pursue a career as an iconic singer-songwriter.