Four-time Grammy award winners the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will headline the first concert of the year on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Award winning songwriter Zane Williams and his band will open the February concert.
The Series, which is named for Greenville native and Austin legend Kenneth Threadgill, is held at the historic Municipal Auditorium in downtown Greenville.
Greenville native Ben Kweller will come home to headline the Threadgill Series on May 22. The May concert will be presented in conjunction with the Downtown Blooms Festival. Kweller will be backed by Celeste native John David Kent and his band, The Dumb Angels.
Also appearing at the May concert will be The Band of Heathens, an Austin based group that is generating major buzz nationally. With its strong harmonies, the band is drawing comparisons to The Band and Little Feat. Drummer John Chipman grew up in Greenville, adding another local connection to the May concert.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. More than 40 years later, the quartet is still going strong.
The group’s 1970 album, “Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy,” was their breakthrough project, yielding three pop hits, including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.”
One year later the band collaborated with country and bluegrass legends to produce “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a three-LP set that was recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days. The landmark album achieved a multi-platinum status. “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.
Series coordinator Larry Green, Jr. is pleased with the artists booked for the February and March concerts. “The Dirt Band is one of the seminal groups in American roots music over the last 40 years,” says Green. “We are privileged to be able to bring them to Greenville.”
Violin students from local elementary schools will again perform at each concert in 2010. The Greenville Suzuki Strings Association sells bottled water at the concerts, with all proceeds being used to purchase new violins for the students.
The Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series is produced by Friends of Main Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic Downtown Greenville.
“The Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series serves several purposes beyond bringing great entertainment to Greenville,” said Greenville Chamber Tourism and Marketing Director Milton Babb, a member of the board of directors of Friends of Main Street. “The series brings people from all over the state into our downtown, it generates revenue for Friends of Main Street projects and it helps promote a positive image of Greenville.”
The Threadgill Series is supported by a team of volunteers and sponsors. Sponsorships for the 2010 season are available through February. Any business or individual interested in becoming a series sponsor may contact Larry Green Jr. at 903-455-1876.
“Our sponsors and volunteers are the lifeblood of the Threadgill Series. Without them, the series would not exist. We love to add new sponsors and volunteers,” Green said.
More information on the Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series and Friends of Main Street can be found at www.greenville-texas.com.
Tickets for the Feb. 27 concert are on sale now at Cavenders in Greenville. Tickets are also available online at www.frontgatetickets.com or by calling (888) 512-SHOW. A limited number of seats are available in the reserved section.
Tickets for the May 22 concert will be available online through Front Gate Tickets beginning Jan. 22. Tickets will also be on sale at Cavender’s in Greenville beginning March 27.
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