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Salute to America announces Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as the July 3rd entertainment on the Capitol Main Stage. With multi- platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", this group promises not to disappoint. Nearing their 5th Decade together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.  NGDB’s recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. Today, NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) continue their non-stop touring in their 48th year together.  Their most recent studio release was the critically acclaimed album "Speed of Life" (2009, SugarHill Records) In 2013 Capitol/EMI reissued in its original form on Vinyl “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” for its 40th Anniversary. Missouri’s state capitol is the majestic backdrop for this free concert sponsored by the Riley Automotive Group. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or find out how to be a part of the VIP Experience at For more information about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band visit
Salute to America announces Bennie & the Jets – an Elton John Tribute as the July 4th entertainment on the Capitol Main Stage. Greg Ransom of Bennie & the Jets provides a premier Elton John experience. Greg began playing the piano at 10 years old. While in High School, Greg and his classmates formed a band they called ‘The Awakening.’ They opened for local MTV Basement Band- winners The Breakdown at Central High School 's Halloween dance and played a dance at Springfield's private MacDuffie School. Their big hit was a song called "Swashbuckler," a catchy gospel-inspired pop song.  At age 21, Greg was playing piano in a downtown hotel bar when the owner of the hotel requested an Elton John song. Greg played “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.” The hotel owner approached him afterwards and told him he sounded like Elton vocally, and that he should consider putting on the hat and glasses and forming a tribute band.  By 1995, Bennie & the Jets was formed with Greg Ransom on piano and vocals, Dan Moraski on guitar and backing vocals, Bob Lilja on drums and backing vocals, and Ken Walpurgis on bass. They played two local gigs in the Springfield area before receiving a call from a nationally known entertainment broker who needed an Elton band, so Greg sent him a tape. From that day forward Bennie & the Jets became an international touring act. Bob Lilja was soon replaced with Steve Lawton on drums and backing vocals and Ken Walpurgis was replaced with Mike Gibbs on bass and backing vocals.  This remains their current line-up. For more information about the Bennie and the Jets, visit
- 2 FREE Concerts -
Both concerts are free admission courtesy of Riley Automotive Group. Lawn seating on the South side of the Missouri State Capitol, first come. Bring your lawn chair. Concessions available.
Salute to America
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Bennie & the Jets
Tribute to Elton John
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