September 08, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

North Mississippi Allstars, known for their unique blend of Southern blues and roots rock, will perform Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is part of Bucknell University's Family Weekend festivities and is sponsored, in part, by WXPN.

Luther and Cody Dickinson, sons of Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 and released their debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty, in 2000, earning them a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Two more Grammy nominations in the same category followed for 51 Phantom (2001) and Electric Blue Watermelon (2005).

In 2008, after five studio albums and more than a decade touring together, the Dickinsons decided to pursue other projects. In 2009 Luther teamed up with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus to form the South Memphis String Band; in 2012 he formed The Wandering and released their debut record Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here. He also recorded and released a solo acoustic album, Hambone's Meditations, which received a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.

Cody broadened the scope of his musical career by venturing into the fields of music, film and TV. He has contributed to several major motion picture soundtracks, including Barnyard, Snoop's Hood of Horror and Black Snake Moan. He had a recurring role on MTV's $5 Dollar Cover series and appears in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. As a producer, he has worked with a wide range of musicians including Lucero, Cisco Adler and Les Claypool and produced British blues guitarist Ian Siegal's last two albums, The Skinny (2011) and Candystore Kid (2012), both of which were nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the annual Blues Music Awards. He was nominated in the Best Instrumentalist/Drums category for the 2013 Blues Music Awards.

The brothers reunited in 2010 to record Keys to the Kingdom after the passing of their father. Most recently, they have toured extensively with Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, headlined major festivals and toured internationally as a headliner and with Ian Siegal as part of The Mississippi Mudbloods. They also released two live bootleg records, 2011's Live in the Hills and 2012's Live in the Hills Volume II, both recorded at the annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp, Miss.

The North Mississippi Allstars are at times joined by Lightnin' Malcolm, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the legendary Chris Chew, and a host of other talented musicians.

In 2013 the North Mississippi Allstars released their new career-defining record World Boogie Is Coming. The album marked a return to the band's blues-infused rock & roll roots and pays homage to hill country legends and songwriters like RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Produced at their own Zebra Ranch Studios in Hernando, Miss., the record features special guest appearances by Robert Plant, Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sharde Thomas, Chris Chew, Steve Selvidge, Lightnin' Malcolm and others.

Tickets for the Sept. 26 performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000. Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a classical performance by Brentano String Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Tickets for the Oct. 4 performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

 

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