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D1 A&E Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brings crowds to Luhrs

October 8, 2013


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band filled the auditorium at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center with the sound of its iconic contry-folk-rock on Oct. 5. The band’s four members provided a smooth, clear sound for the deeply appreciative all-age audience, proving that their sound was not the reason for their moniker. The NGDB frequently encouraged the audience to clap and sing along as they played nearly two hours of music with its 17-song set. The band played tunes from its early days (the band was founded in 1965) up through recent albums which provided something for each segment of the audience. Naturally, the band’s biggest hit, “Mr. Bojangles,”

was in that mix, along with more recent hits like “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Bless the Broken Road,” which was famously covered by Rascal Flatts. The NGDB also covered songs by other artists, although the band made them their own. A few of those songs provided some of the most humorous moments of the show when banjo player John McEuen performed the theme song from “The Beverly Hillbillies” and The Beatles’ “Get Back,” the latter added to their repertoire in direct response to John McEuen’s brother’s statement. “If the banjo was any good, The Beatles would have used it.” Other covers that drew enthusiastic applause included “Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat, bayou standard “Jambalaya” and “Coconut Grove” by the Beach Boys. The evening ended with

a double encore. They performed “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from their 1973 triple album of the same name and finished the evening with “The Weight,” the often covered song by The Band. NGDB’s lineup has been fairly stable throughout the years. The newest member, keyboard player and vocalist Bob Carpenter, joined the band in 1977. The rest of the band is comprised of founder Jeff Hanna on guitars and vocals, founder Jimmy Fadden on drums, harmonica and vocals and John McEuen, who replaced Jackson Browne in 1966, on fiddle, guitar, lap steel and banjo. You can find out more about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on its webpage, www., and more about the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at

Photo by Robyn Woodley Band members Jeff Hanna and John McEuen rock the stage together Saturday night.

Faculty holding art exhibit in the Kauffman Gallery CASSANDERA FRIEDENBERGER Staff Writer

The faculty of the Shippensburg University Art and Design Program will be holding an exhibit that will be opening in the Kauffman Gallery on Oct. 9. Many of the faculty members will have their art displayed in the exhibit, including Michael Campbell, Steve Dolbin, Mark Moilanen, David Reinbold and Kate Keely. Campbell has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. He teaches drawing, painting and art ppreciation. Campbell’s artwork uses various forms of media and techniques while making his work about “looking, seeing, making choices, layered meanings — whether literal or metaphor.” “My hope is that the work reveals as much as it creates questions, and that the meanings and understanding we think we grasp, is as fluid as we believe it to be

concrete,” Campbell said. Dolbin has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt University. Dolbin is a recognized sculpture, performance artist and art educator. He is the chairperson of the art department, as well as a professor. He teaches sculpture, 3-D design and senior seminar. For his artwork Dolbin uses materials that “fight back,” such as stone and metal. The content of his work deals with “spiritual dialogue humans once had with the physical landscape of our world and the more economic/resource oriented relationship that has come to dominate the present.” Moilanen is the head of the art education/ K-12 teaching certification program as well as a professor for art appreciation. He earned his docorate at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The art piece that Moilanen is displaying in this exhibit is titled “Nailin’ Miley.” The piece includes images of Miley Cyrus from

a newborn baby until her performance at the MTV Music Video Awards in August 2013. He says he is “aware that the piece will likely include an array of reactions from viewers” and he “hopes for dialogues — both personal and group — questioning just what it takes today to become a part of history.” Reinbold earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Southern Illinois University and he teaches Photoshop classes. He will include two art pieces that are digital graphics and one piece that is a traditional drawing. His digital graphic images include traditional drawings and painting elements that have been scanned and composed into his artwork on Photoshop. Reinbold said his “drawings are about light and air and the sensuality of the drawing hand moving across the paper.” Keely teaches art history. Her artwork’s content uses personal experience and poetic myth while it also ex-

amines issues of the human condition. Keely’s paintings “assert attributes such as strength, transition and renewal, while often exploring the themes of life, death and resurrection.” Other faculty members who also will have artwork in the exhibit are Ben Culbertson, Courtney Redding and William Whiteley. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 24. The opening is at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a presentation at 7 p.m. There will also be a student exhibit on display from Oct. 7 — Oct. 17. This student is Kathrine Hess. She is a senior and an Art education major. Her exhibit is composed of photography, showing the relationship of an object to the space around it. She says she is “looking to express the interaction of humans with an environment and the impressions we leave behind.”

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