Closing act

Warren Concert Association hosts John McEuen, founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen and his String Wizards

On Saturday, April 7, the Warren Concert Association will host John McEuen and The String Wizards on their “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” Tour to close out the 2017-2018 season.

The concert, hosted by McEuen, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will include a retrospective of the recording of the seminal and legendary “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” Dirt Band album recorded in 1971. Music legends Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter came together with the Dirt Band for this fine specimen of Americana music. It is a benchmark record relevant to this day and remains an Amazon Top 20 recording. The evening performance is a multi-media production with live music, archival photographs and film, Circle session photos, and storytelling and music of the early days of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Moving to the present, the concert will also include new award-winning music from John McEuen’s recently released “Made in Brooklyn” album. Just last Saturday, on March 31, John was in New York City to receive the 2018 Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album. We’re especially excited to be the first to host John and the String Wizards since his receipt of the award.

The “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” Tour came about after the 50-year tour of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Following the conclusion of the tour, John McEuen gave into the demand for more appearances and left the band to pursue his own tour dates and projects.

In addition to the expert musicianship of John on stringed instruments, The String Wizards include Les Thompson on bass, vocals, and Bouzouki. Les was a founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and played with them for the first ten years. He’s now back with his bass and on tour with John and the guys.

John Cable, also a String Wizard, performs on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. McEuen says Cable is one of the finest singers and guitarists I know. It’s great to share the stage again with Les and Matt.

String Wizard Matt Cartsonis is featured on vocals, mandola, and guitar. McEuen says that Matt sings like he’s from Kentucky with that high Bluegrass lonesome sound – with a rock and roll sensibility with his hot licks on mandola and guitar.

Saturday’s concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Struthers Library Theatre, features decades of award-winning music and musicians. The tour has had sell-out crowds since opening on the West Coast. After performing in Warren, the band heads to Colorado to continue the tour.

The box office at the theatre will open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 concert. All seats are non-reserved, festival style. All purchases must be made by cash or check.

There will be a fund-raising basket raffle with tickets being sold before the concert and at intermission. Each of three baskets will include some springtime items, gift cards, and the big bonus, a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band or John McEuen item contributed by McEuen himself. His donated items include a remastered “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” three-record set, his new award-winning “Made in Brooklyn” CD, a rare Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songbook, and two vintage photos featuring McEuen, Steve Martin and Jerry Garcia taken in 1974.

For more information, call (814) 723-6505, or email warrenconcertassociation@gmail.com.

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