Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to play Medina Friday

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My favorite band out of Long Beach, California is coming to town Friday night. No, not Snoop Dogg. And not Sublime. That dude's so dead. And I never liked them, anyway. Swear to god! (And if you've ever heard me singing along to "Santeria" on a jukebox, you can just keep your damned mouth shut. I don't prac-tice San-te-ri... oh shit, you got me.)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, my actual favorite band from Long Beach, play the Medina Friday (with local openers The Killer Hayseeds, 7:30, $24-$31). I've never been to the Medina, but I imagine it's kinda like that bowling alley Jeff Bridges plays at the beginning of Crazy Heart. And, holy shit, it's not just my imagination -- the Medina has an honest-to-god bowling alley! Perfect locale for seeing the band perhaps best known for singing your aunt's favorite song to caterwaul along to at wedding receptions, "Fishin' in the Dark." Here are a few other things you may not know quite so well...

Five Facts about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Five Songs I Like and Hope You Will Like, Too

The band has opened for such diverse acts as Jack Benny, the Doors and Bill Cosby and has played with Earl Scruggs, members of the Carter Family, Roy Acuff... and Dizzy Gillespie.

They make up the most credible part of the record collection I inherited from my mother*. With Pablo Cruise, Judy Collins, Jane Fonda's Workout Record and the ilk comprising the rest, that's really saying... a lot? Hey, I was happy to steal her hardly-played copies of 1972's Will the Circle Be Unbroken and '74's Stars & Stripes Forever.

Jackson Browne helped start the band in 1966, then a six person jug band that played in pinstripe suits and cowboy hats, but soon departed to focus on his solo career. He also used to beat up Daryl Hannah. I mean, according to the tabloids.



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