Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the Dukes of Dixieland Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The group combines traditional jazz, Dixieland and an authentic New Orleans sound with modern pop, gospel and country music.
The Dukes of Dixieland were formed in 1974 and have worn their New Orleans jazz heritage as globetrotting jazz ambassadors. They are the oldest continuing Dixieland jazz band and have performed sold-out concerts at venues that include the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
The group earned a Grammy nomination for their 2000 album, “Gloryland,” a collaboration with Moses Hogan and his New Orleans Gospel Choir. In 2005, they collaborated with blues singer Luther Kent during a Bush-Clinton Katrina fundraiser, a project that resulted in three albums. The Dukes of Dixieland’s most recent release is “Superbowl @ Mardi Gras 2013,” which was picked as one of the top CDs played on NPR in 2013.
Tickets for the Dukes of Dixieland concert are $35-$40 with discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
The performance underwriters are Athens Home Organizer and Julia Marlowe.