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HARRISBURG, Pa. –   Harrisburg University Presents is pleased to welcome Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs to XL Live in Harrisburg on Sept. 7, 2022.

The band’s history is a classic rock & roll story: the chance encounter that becomes collaboration, then a band; the gathering of players and like-minded spirits that tightens and grows in songwriting, rehearsals and club dates; a debut album that finally arrives after all of the labor and waiting; the follow-up that beats a new set of odds and jumps ahead in vision and drive, proving the first record was no one-shot deal.

For Mike Campbell, “External Combustion” – the second album by his first band as a leader, the Dirty Knobs – is proof that lightning can strike twice. Campbell experienced all of the above and more with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – riding shotgun with his friend and captain as lead guitarist, co-producer, and, at times, co-writer – when he met guitarist Jason Sinay at a session in Los Angeles in 2000.

The Dirty Knobs, named after a faulty amp dial (with bonus double entendre) and originally including bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone of the Heartbreakers.

Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. June 10 at this link. Other upcoming concerts at Harrisburg University Presents at XL Live include:

  • here and there festival – August 12
  • James Hunter Six – October 1
  • Barns Courtney – October 14
  • Judah & The Lion – October 15

HU Presents Summer Concert Series shows at Riverfront Park include Death Cab for Cutie, with special guest, Illuminati Hotties, on July 14. Legendary hip-hop collective, The Roots, will perform on July 15, and Icelandic rock band KALEO, with Special Guest White Reaper, will play Aug. 17. Pop-rock band, LANY, with special guest, Surfaces, will perform at Riverfront Park Aug. 19. American indie band, Lord Huron, with special guest, First Aid Kit, will play Riverfront Park Aug. 20. And HU Presents Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Sept. 20, and the National at Riverfront Park on Sept. 24.

For tickets and information about Harrisburg University Presents’ entire lineup of shows, visit


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