John McEuen gets down and gritty

John McEuen

John McEuen

John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and special guests will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 17 in the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd.

McEuen—with banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin— will share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50-year career and the landmark “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” platinum album.

The show will include Nitty Gritty favorites, bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics and Carter Family music.

The multimedia presentation will feature archival footage and new classics from McEuen’s recent album on Chesky Records, “Made in Brooklyn.”

On this tour he is accompanied by two other former NGDB members: Les Thompson, bass and vocals, and John Cable, guitar and vocals.

Matt Cartsonis also joins on guitar, mandola and vocals.

McEuen has continually performed since 1964 with the band and as a solo artist.

He also creates, produces and preserves original and traditional folk and acoustic music.

McEuen has made over 40 albums (six solo) and has earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations and wins, CMA and ACM awards and an Emmy nomination.

He’s performed on another 25 albums as a guest artist and produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career. His first concert production was in 1965 in Long Beach for a young troubadour named Bob Dylan.

Tickets are $44 with group discounts available.

Buy tickets from Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com or at the TOCAP box office.

For more information, call (805) 449-ARTS (2787) or visit civicartsplaza.com.