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September 17, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Great Falls—Montana ExpoPark and Montana Veterans Memorial Association (M.V.M.A.) are combining efforts with I Spy Concerts to bring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Great Falls, MT Friday, October 1 to raise money for a veterans memorial soon to be built in Great Falls. One-third of the ticket sales will go to the M.V.M.A.

"We have worked hard to sell 1,500 tiles for this memorial," said Chris Christiaens, spokesperson for the M.V.M.A. "Tiles are still available, but we wanted to expand our fundraising efforts." Christiaens said that the M.V.M.A. approached Bill Ogg and Stan Steen of Montana ExpoPark to discuss a new approach to their fund raising efforts. Ogg and Steen suggested a benefit concert featuring performers with wide appeal.
Ogg, ExpoPark's general manager, said, “This is a good partnership event…..the Veterans Memorial can grow closer to its worthy cause and the entire region can enjoy a concert that will be fun for all ages.”

“This is a worthwhile cause and a real nice mix,” said Steen, “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has radio play on country, classic rock, oldies and they have an album on the's a great fit.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is about to release a new album September 21 entitled, "Welcome to Woody Creek." This will mark the 31st album produced by the legendary bluegrass/country performers who began their careers at, as their Web site quotes,

"McCabe's Guitar Shop trying to figure out how not to have to work for a living." They are arguably most well-known for their smash hit Fishin' in the Dark and their numerous ensembles with fellow artists in Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday, September 11, Four Seasons Box Office. Tickets are $27, all reserved seating. A yet unnamed opening act will accompany Nitty Gritty. For tickets, call toll-free at (406) 727-1481 or log on to