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Dixie Dregs with Special Guests: The Steve Morse Band

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREGS: It’s the great return of the spectacular fusionists Dixie Dregs Apr. 20.
Saturday April 20, 2024 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $59.50+
CRITIC’S PICK: Shredding guitarist Morse does double duty tonight as he opens fronting his own band, then joins his original outfit, country/jazz/fusionists Dixie Dregs, for one of their infrequent reunion tours. They can still play, and their compositionally complex prog-roots songs from 40 years ago remain edgy, energetic and intense. — Hal Horowitz

From the venue:

For guitar aficionados, Steve Morse needs no introduction, and his place in the pantheon of guitar greats is certain. But in fact, his career started with the Dixie Dregs.

The band traces its true beginnings back to Morse’s high school days, alongside fellow Dixie Dregs bassist, Andy West. An early progressive rock quintet featuring vocals, the band’s first iteration settled on the name Dixie Grit while joking about being from the South. Dixie Grit morphed into the instrumental Dixie Dregs at the University of Miami School of Music, where Allen Sloan (violin) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) joined up with Steve and Andy, the remaining “dregs” of Dixie Grit.

After moving back to Augusta, where Steve Davidowski (keyboards) completed the Dixie Dregs, the band established themselves in the firmament of American instrumental music, seamlessly fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that stands the test of time.

Based on a short demo and a tip from former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell along with legendary Allman/Dregs tour manager Twiggs Lyndon, Capricorn Records signed the Dixie Dregs to record Free Fall (1977). The success and critical acclaim of Free Fall announced the Dixie Dregs to the world, and after its release, they would become a cult favorite band that provided a lasting influence on modern rock.

Over the course of 40 years, the Dixie Dregs have released eleven commercial albums of original material, and a number of compilations, reissues, and countless live bootlegs. Along the way, they have garnered six GRAMMY nominations, an acknowledgement of their elevated status among the musical community. The band has played with several well-known alumni and guests — among others, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra) Alex Ligertwood (Santana), as well as original band members playing and recording on well over 300 releases including Deep Purple/Kansas/Flying Colors/Steve Morse Band (Steve Morse) and Winger/Jelly Jam/Jazz is Dead (Rod Morgenstein).

2018’s “Dawn of the Dregs” tour saw the original lineup return to the stage for the first time in well over a quarter of a century. Six years later, in 2024, an amended lineup featuring original members Morse, West, Sloan, and Morgenstein alongside familiar contemporary Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, returns once again. A GRAMMY winner and Music Radar Magazine’s “Best Keyboardist of All Time”, the Juilliard School of Music-trained keyboard wizard will now rejoin some of his longest-tenured peers for a can’t-miss celebration of music. The “Anachronicity Tour 2024” brings some of music’s most legendary performers to intimate stages, offering an up close and personal opportunity for long-standing and new fans alike to revel in musical proficiency and history, night after night.

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