Oldies but goodies fill musical bill at Salute to America

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform on July 3, 2014, at Jefferson City's Salute to America.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform on July 3, 2014, at Jefferson City's Salute to America.

It is a mystery no longer.

The organizers of the annual July 4 celebration, Salute To America, on Thursday announced the names of the two acts that will be bringing the musical talent to the big stage at the Jefferson City intersection of High and Madison streets.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be making a return trip to the big stage with their performance Thursday, July 3. The band is known for its ear-pleasing and toe-tapping hits of “Fishin’ In the dark,” their cover of “Mr. Bojangles” and the old-time church hymn “Will the circle Be Unbroken,” which the group recorded with country music icon Mother Maybelle Carter.

In a press release about the band, organizers promise the “group promises to not disappoint.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on the Capitol Main Stage.

The musical act for Friday will provide many music lovers with familiar tunes as the Bennie and the Jets take the stage.

Drawing inspiration from Elton John, the band’s front man Greg Ransom’s act includes not just the music of Elton John, but also sequined and stylish outfits accompanied by oversized sunglasses that would become the R&B icon’s signature wardrobe.

The group has become an international sensation, performing at numerous venues across the globe, including stops at U.S. military places where they performed for troops stationed overseas.

Touted by music critics as being the premier Elton John tribute band and armed with more than 70 of Elton John’s musical hits, Bennie & The Jets will begin entertaining the crowd at 7 p.m.

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