Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Vilar Center on Friday, July 1 |

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Vilar Center on Friday, July 1

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In 50 years of making music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has made multi-platinum and gold records with hits including "Fishin' In The Dark." The band performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, July 1.
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If you go …

What: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 1.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $85.

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at

BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek will host a performance of the 50th anniversary tour of country rock band Nitty Gritty Dirt Band today at 8 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which features Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, John McEuen and Bob Carpenter, is often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music, continues to add to its legendary status.

With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top-10 hits such as “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” and multiple Grammy and Country Music Association awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Their recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014, “Fishin’ in the Dark” was certified platinum for digital downloads by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Extensive Plans

Plans for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s golden Anniversary have already been extensive. On Sept. 14, the group played to a sold-out crowd at The Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, with some close friends, including a slew of guest artists such as John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas. It was here the band filmed a 50th anniversary special, which aired on PBS in March. For more about this performance and other anniversary plans, visit

Country music up-and-comer Tara Thompson will open the concert. Often compared to Loretta Lynn, Thompson was recently named one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone. To learn more about Thompson or to hear her single “Someone to Take Your Place,” visit

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