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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ Boulder Theater

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, the quartet (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) is still going strong.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, included the pop hit “Buy For Me The Rain.” But it was their 5th record, 1970's Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, that would become band's breakthrough project, yielding 3 pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker's “Mr. Bojangles.” Among the many outstanding tracks on Uncle Charlie was a version of Earl Scruggs' “Randy Lynn Rag.” That cut set into motion what would become the Will the Circle be Unbroken album, a veritable summit of talent which included NDGB’s heroes: Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merel Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Circle... album, a three-LP set,recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. Circle remains such a significant effort that 30 years later it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.
In the early 80’s, after a few more pop hits, the band returned to Nashville once again and began what would become a highly successful career in mainstream country music. Hits that included “Dance Little Jean,” "Workin' Man", "Long Hard Road", “Baby's Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin' in the Dark” put them at the top of the country charts for over a decade. In 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept, gathering another impressive roster of performers (including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash) for sessions that had a pronounced country-gospel feel. Circle II would go on to win three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. In 2002 Circle III (with many current artists added to the previous cast) received similar accolades and attention, garnering the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year award as well as leading to a 2005 Grammy for Country Instrumental Performance (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements). With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.
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Friday July 9, 8:00pm
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office | Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com | Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

Charlie Hunter Quartet @ Boulder Theater

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Charlie Hunter's going indie with his first self-release, Baboon Strength, in a career spanning 18 years, 14 albums, a dozen side projects and a zillion miles on the road performing live! Though he continues this tradition on Baboon Strength, the record is an absolute progression from his previous albums. The music has an electronic feel to it yet the tone is undeniably playful. Charlie Hunter continues to astound audiences with his prodigious and unique ability to play both guitar and bass lines simultaneously.

Born of hippie parents, blah blah blah. Grew up poor, yadda yadda yadda. Eight-string guitar, whoopee shit. Sure, the eight-string thing is cool—if not a little demented—and the reason we all know who he is, but it only reflects Charlie Hunter the craftsman. But what's really most notable about Charlie Hunter is the force behind the craft; the drive that causes him to do the improbable; his raison de rock.

KUVO & Creative Music Works present
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
feat. Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout, Greyboy All Stars) on drums, Eric Biondo (Antibalas) on trumpet, and "Cheme' Gastelum (Sharon Jones, Soulive) on baritone sax w/ guests

KUVO & Creative Music Works present
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
feat. Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout, Greyboy All Stars) on drums, Eric Biondo (Antibalas) on trumpet, and "Cheme' Gastelum (Sharon Jones, Soulive) on baritone sax

February 28th at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302 303.786.70

Charlie Hunter and Nels Cline play the Boulder Theater

"Excuse me sir, can I help you find something?"

"No, I don't think so."

"Well which seats are you supposed to be in?"

"Seats? What do you mean?"

"This is the reserved seating section, you have to have a special ticket to sit down here."

"Oh, no problem. I'm not going to sit, I'm here to take pictures of the band."

"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" Featuring Chicago's Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite- for the Grateful Web

Among the luminary musicians featured in the acclaimed music documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is Chicago bluesman Charlie Musselwhite.  He is one of many to cite jug band music as a source of inspiration early in his musical career.  Says Musselwhite in the film, "I think jug bands is where the later electric blues came from.  It's an important part of American music."  

Musselwhite is an acclaimed blues harp player from Mississippi who made his way north on Highway 51 to Chicago looking for work.  In Chicago, he immersed himself in music and met legends such as Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.  He has released over 20 albums, topped Billboard's blues charts, performed on Grammy-winning records and is synonymous with Chicago blues.  Musselwhite will perform at the Will Shade Gravestone Benefit Tribute Concert following the screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost."  

The bluesman's source of musical inspiration is echoed by legends like Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and David Grisman throughout the film.  The Grateful Dead - one of the best-known bands in American music - started as a jug band, Mother McRee's Uptown Jug Champions.  Weir and Jerry Garcia created the band on one fateful New Year's Eve, a historic meeting that Weir discusses in the film.

"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is entertaining and educational.  Full of archival video and concert footage featuring John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin and the beloved jug and washtub bass master Fritz Richmond, this film is a must-see for any music fan.  

What: Will Shade Gravestone Benefit featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Carolina Chocolate Drops and a screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" at the Old Town School in Chicago

When: Sunday, Jaunary 27, 2008
2PM - SCREENING OF CHASIN' GUS' GHOST (FREE)
4-6PM - Jug Band Jam Session (FREE)
7PM - Benefit Concert featuring Charlie Musselwhite and Carolina Chocolate Drops
$20, $18 for Old Town School Members, $16 for seniors and kids

Where: Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/event.lasso?id=P6531