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Panel discussion, pre-festivals shows lead up to 14th National Jug Band Jubilee

2018-09-06T19:58:01+00:00

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LOUISVILLE, KY, (August 23, 2018) – The National Jug Band Jubilee’s mission is to preserve Louisville’s legacy as the home of jug band music through music and education. In addition to putting on a free, all-day festival, the organization sends jug bands to perform at elementary schools every year on the day prior to the Jubilee and offers workshops during the festival itself. In 2018, its 14thyear, the National Jug Band Jubilee will expand its educational offerings with a panel discussion titled “The Color of Jug Band Music: Examining the Complex Racial History of the Genre.” The talk will take place at the Highlands Community Campus. 1228 E Breckinridge Street, on Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Jug band music was pioneered in the late 19th century by African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing novelty instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans. It was also black musicians who produced the first jug band recordings. However, when the genre is depicted in contemporary media, the jug bands are usually groups of white musicians in a rural setting.

“The Color of Jug Band Music” will explore the role race, power, and mass media has played in obscuring the origins of jug band music and erasing many of the genre’s pioneers from the narrative of American popular music. The panelists will include: Heather Leoncini, President of the National Jug Band Jubilee; Jubilee board member Michael L. Jones, author of “Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee”; educators and music duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons; and fiddle historian John Harrod. The moderator will be Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is part of an expanded Friday night line-up of events that has turned the National Jug Band Jubilee into a multi-day celebration. “The Color of Jug Band Music” will be followed, in the same space, by a swing dance event with music by New Orleans’ Frog & Henry and dance lessons with LindyHop Louisville. Admission is $10 and includes a free dance lesson. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., following the discussion. There will be a cash bar and chairs for non-dancers who just want to enjoy the music.

Also, on Friday, there will be a free National Jug Band Jubilee Jam Session at the Goodwood Tap Room. 636 E Main St, Louisville, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Asheville, N.C.-band Vaden Landers & The Do Rights will also play a free show at the Nachbar, 969 Charles Street, from 9 p.m. to Midnight.

The 2018 National Jug Band Jubilee will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Brown-Foreman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park. The music at begins at Noon and ends at 11 p.m. In addition to the bands, the Jubilee features other fun activities for kids ages 2 to 82. Volunteers from Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will make and decorate instruments with kids from Noon to 6 p.m. The South Louisville-based Little Loomhouse will have several of its namesake small looms on hand so festival-goers can weave their own mug rugs and other small items from Noon to 6 p.m. The Steam Exchange, a community arts organization based in Smoketown, will be doing jug band screen printing activities for kids from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And as always, the National Jug Band Jubilee will take a break from the music at 4 p.m. for several workshops of its own.

 

Here is the schedule:

  • 1:00 – Derby City Dandies (Louisville, KY)
  • 2:00 – Vaden Landers & The Do Rights (Asheville, NC)
  • 3:00 – Cincinnati Dancing Pigs (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 4:00 – Workshops: Jug, Washboard, Kazoo, Washtub, Saw, Spoons and dance!
  • 5:00 – Juggernaut Jug Band (Louisville, KY)
  • 6:00 – Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady (Asheville, NC)
  • 7:00 – Hubby Jenkins (New York, NY)
  • 8:15 – Frog & Henry (New Orleans, LA)
  • 9:30 – Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons (Seattle, WA)

 

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Panel discussion, pre-festivals shows lead up to 14th National Jug Band Jubilee2018-09-06T19:58:01+00:00

2018-08-07T04:42:26+00:00

A Gathering for Jug Heads – Wall Street Journal

Many associate the sound and feel of jug band music with the 1960s bands that took versions of it into pop: the Roof­top Singers with ”Walk Right In”; the Lovin’ Spoonful with “Jug Band Music.” Others recall that era’s folk-revival out­fits, such as the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, that celebrated and brought back the hot, free­and-easy street music of the early 20th century. First  played by pick-up “spasm bands” that brandished homemade instruments, it had been, in effect, raucous folk jazz, functioning for the frisky young much as neighborhood doo-wop, garage rock and hip-hop would for later generations.

And as with those later genres, some talents who worked the style in the 1920s and ’30s, particularly in the river towns where the music thrived, became recording stars-the Memphis Jug Band and Cannon’s Jug Stompers from Memphis; Earl McDonald, Clifford Hayes and Whistler’s Jug Band from Louisville. African-American music to begin with, it was quickly taken up by white country bands, too-washtub­bass-wielding hillbilly outfits.

Louisville, whose stars were among the first recorded, had an abundance of the jugs that became the music’s defining bass instrument, as the bourbon produc­ing center it remains. It serves today as the home of the National Jug Band Jubilee, an annual free festival held in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on the banks of the Ohio that attracts practitioners from around the U.S. and beyond. From its found­ing in 2005, featured Jubilee acts have included Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Maria Muldaur from the ’60s revival era, and such latter-day stars as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Pokey LaFarge.

This year’s consistently pleasurable edition, staged Saturday, brought together eight practiced, audience­grabbing groups-from Waterloo, Ontario’s Ever· Lovin’ Jug Band and San Diego’s G Burns Jug Band to Louisville’s own veteran Juggernaut Jug Band. Topping the bill was a tremendously promising, versatile new act, the Dom Flemons Trio, recently put together by that Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder with fiddler-bassist Brian Far· row and percussionist Dante Pope. They wended their way through everything from close 19th-century harmony singing and vaudeville to, naturally, jug band standards such as Gus Cannon’s “Going to German,” Mr. Flemons’ in­spired banjo work stunning those assembled. The trio is a thus-far rare example of young African-American talents bringing new life to this music.

Revitalizing and carrying forward the music is a hall­mark of the Jubilee’s shows and mission. An hour was set aside on show day for work· shops offering tips for new­comers on playing the jug, bones and kazoos, bowing a saw and (with tots included) slamming on washboards. The previous afternoon, I caught the skillful G Burns Jug Band (named for a 1920s medicine show tune) playing banjo, jug and fiddle numbers for hun­dreds of enthusiastic Louisville school kids at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School, a regular educational adjunct of the festival. Friday evening, members of the Cin­cinnati Dancing Pigs band, among others, were jamming at the local Goodwood Brew­ing Company tap room.

The Jubilee itself-a non­profit funded by individual and corporate donations-has been around long enough now to celebrate positive fallout from previous shows. Clint Davis, front man of the G Burns outfit, had grown up near Louisville, been inspired by the Juggernaut Jug Band, and later founded the San Diego group. High-powered Kentucky publicist Rodney Wenz, who died in 2008, had been inspired to found the Jubilee after seeing that same veteran local band and coming to a new realization of the music’s role in Louisville his­tory, and of Louisville in the music’s story. (That story is tracked in historian Michael L. Jones’s book “Louisville Jug Music”; the author is among the current festival’s directors.) Rest assured, though; there’s nothing over- bearingly educational in experiencing the National Jug Band Jubilee. It delivers the good time the music promises.

BY:  Mr. Mazor, based in Nashville, reviews country and roots music for the Journal.

2018-08-07T04:42:26+00:00

New programs and more great bands are coming to 14th National Jug Band Jubilee 

2018-08-29T16:37:14+00:00

 

New programs and more great bands are coming to 14th National Jug Band Jubilee 

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LOUISVILLE, KY, (July 25, 2018) – It is hard to believe in the midst of the summer heat, but fall is fast approaching and with it the 2018 National Jug Band Jubilee. The free, all-day festival will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park. The 14thyear of the Jubilee will feature a few additions, among them a panel discussion on Friday, September 14 dealing with racial issues within the history of jug band music.

What will never change at the Jubilee is the quality of the music. This year the festival will offer another top-notch lineup of early jazz, jug band, and string band performers. The duo of Chris Rodriguez and Abby the Spoon Lady is the act that has drawn the most attention thus far. The Asheville, N.C.-based musicians are Youtube sensations thanks to their videos showcasing Abby’s percussion skills and Rodriguez’s unique blues-Appalachian style guitar and vocals. Another highlight of this year’s festival is Hubby Jenkins, a talented multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn who is also a member of the Grammy-award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Academics and Seattle songsters Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons will take part in the Friday night panel discussion. The Jubilee will release more details on that at a later date, but we can tell you that Hunter and Seamons will dazzle the audience at the festival with their combination of banjo and fiddle breakdowns, a cappella field hollers, and gospel tunes.

New Orleans supergroup Frog & Henry is coming to the Jubilee to perform dance hits and early jazz music from the 1900s on brass and string instruments. Another Asheville group, Vanden Landers and the Do Rights, will complement Frog & Henry with a blend of blues, ragtime, jazz, western swing, country and old-time Appalachian music.

The rest of the Jubilee line-up consists of some old friends. Louisville’s own Juggernaut Jug Band and the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs have appeared at every Jubilee since the beginning of the festival. The groups return this year to perform their collective repertoireof novelty tunes and jug band classics. Louisville’s Derby City Dandies will also make a return engagement to the 2018 National Jug Band Jubilee. The Dandy’s perform Prohibition-era standards.

The music at the Jubilee begins at Noon on Saturday and ends at 11 p.m. In addition to the bands, the Jubilee features other fun activities for kids ages 2 to 82. Volunteers from Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will make and decorate instruments with kids from Noon to 6 p.m. The South Louisville-based Little Loomhouse will have several of its namesake small looms on hand so festival-goers can weave their own mug rugs and other small items from Noon to 6 p.m. The Steam Exchange, a community arts organization based in Smoketown, will be doing jug band screen printing activities for kids from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And as always, the National Jug Band Jubilee will take a break from the music at 4 p.m. for a number of workshops of its own.

The National Jug Band Jubilee was created to celebrate the legacy of jug band music in the River City. Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug band music, a pre-war jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments. In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

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(502) 417-1107
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New programs and more great bands are coming to 14th National Jug Band Jubilee 2018-08-29T16:37:14+00:00

Jubilee 2017, Sat Sept 16

2017-09-28T04:08:36+00:00

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton headlines 13th National Jug Band Jubilee

LOUISVILLE, KY, (June 16, 2017) “ The National Jug Band Jubilee is excited to announce that Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will headline its 2017 festival. The Los Angeles-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist was recently featured in the “American Epic Sessions,” the last episode of the four-part PBS documentary American Epic which chronicled the development of American roots music. Paxton™s music draws from country, blues, and early jazz music. According to Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation “ playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements “ to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ’30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson.

Paxton’s grandparents moved from Louisiana to California in 1956. These southern roots had a profound impact on him. Listening to his hometown blues radio station, as well as the old Cajun and country blues songs his grandmother used to sing, Paxton became interested in these early sounds. He began playing the fiddle when he was 12, and picked up the banjo two years later. He has since added piano, harmonica, Cajun accordion, ukulele, guitar, and the bones to his musical arsenal. Paxton, who is legally blind, is one of the few African American banjo players touring today.

The 2017 National Jug Band Jubilee takes place at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on River Road in Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 16. Festivities start at Noon. In addition to hosting some of the greatest jug bands from around the world, the 2017 Jubilee will include an expanded vending area featuring food trucks, local artists, and children’s workshops between bands. This is a FREE and family-friendly event. We are also excited that several jug bands that are in town for the Jubilee will be doing shows in local elementary schools on Friday, Sept 15th. This furthers our mission of education and preserving this unique form of Americana music that got its start here in Louisville.

The National Jug Band Jubilee was created to celebrate the legacy of jug band music in the River City. Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug band music, a pre-war jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments. In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

Jubilee 2017, Sat Sept 162017-09-28T04:08:36+00:00

Grammy-winner Dom Flemons headlines 12th National Jug Band Jubilee

2017-04-02T01:08:48+00:00

National Jug Band Jubilee 2016

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Grammy-winner Dom Flemons headlines 12th National Jug Band Jubilee

LOUISVILLE, KY, (July 30, 2016) – The National Jug Band Jubilee is excited to announce that Grammy Award-winning artist Dom Flemons will headline its 2016 festival. Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from various traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

The 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee takes place at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on Saturday, September 17. Festivities start at Noon. This is the festival’s 12th anniversary and the organizers have a few special treats for fans this year. In addition to hosting some of the greatest jug bands from around the world, the 2016 Jubilee will include an expanded vendor’s area featuring more local artists, there will be several children’s workshops between bands, and much more family-friendly fun.

Headlining the 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee will be a return engagement for Flemons since the Carolina Chocolate Drops performed at one of the first incarnations of the festival. The National Jug Band Jubilee was created to celebrate the legacy of jug band music in the River City. Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug band music, a pre-war jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments. In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

 

Grammy-winner Dom Flemons headlines 12th National Jug Band Jubilee2017-04-02T01:08:48+00:00

G Burns Jug Band leader returns home for 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee

2017-04-02T01:08:56+00:00

National Jug Band Jubilee 2016

www.jugbandjubilee.org

 

For Immediate Relief *                                                               

*  Jug band music relieves tension

Contact:     Heather Leoncini
(502) 417-1107
juggernautpr@yahoo.com

G Burns Jug Band leader returns home for 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee

LOUISVILLE, KY, (August 26, 2016) – Clinton Davis of San Diego’s “G Burns Jug Band” is coming home! The Louisville native was first inspired to play jug band music after hearing the Juggernaut Jug Band as a child. Now the multi-instrumentalist and his jug band will be sharing a stage with that group as part of the 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Grammy-Award winning folk artist Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Headlining the 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee will be a return engagement for Flemons since the Carolina Chocolate Drops performed at one of the first incarnations of the festival.

The 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee takes place at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on Saturday, September 17 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is the festival’s 12th anniversary and the organizers have a few special treats for fans this year. The Little Loomhouse will have a booth in the festival’s expanded vendors’ area. There will be several children’s workshops between bands, and much more family-friendly fun.

 

Here is the current lineup:

The Bourbonville Buskers (Louisville, KY)

Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Side Street Steppers (Memphis, TN)

Cincinnati Dancing Pigs (Cincinnati, OH)

Juggernaut Jug Band (Louisville, KY)

The Gallus Brothers (Bellingham, WA)

Burns Jug Band (San Diego, CA)

Dom Flemons (Raleigh, NC)

 

The National Jug Band Jubilee was created to celebrate the legacy of jug band music in the River City. Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug band music, a pre-war jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments. In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

 

2016  NJBJ web poster

G Burns Jug Band leader returns home for 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee2017-04-02T01:08:56+00:00

Dom Flemons headlines Jubilee 2016!

2017-04-02T01:09:02+00:00

The National Jug Band Jubilee is very excited to announce that Dom Flemons will be headlining this year’s Jubilee on Saturday, September 17th! It’s a homecoming of sorts as Dom was at the 2006 & 2007 Jubilee with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. We are very happy to have him back! http://www.domflemons.com/

Dom Flemons headlines Jubilee 2016!2017-04-02T01:09:02+00:00

Jubilee 2016 – Saturday, September 17th

2017-04-02T01:09:15+00:00

Mark Your Calendars!

Jubilee 2016 will be held on
Saturday, September 17th

at Brown Forman Amphitheater
in Louisville, Ky’s Waterfront Park
right next to the decoratively-lit Big-4 Bridge

It’s FREE, Family Friendly, Fun…

and nestled into Waterfront Park’s beautiful Brown-Forman Amphitheater,

Jubilee 2016 – Saturday, September 17th2017-04-02T01:09:15+00:00

11th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee Bringing Fun Downtown

2017-04-02T01:09:22+00:00

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National Jug Band Jubilee

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*  Jug band music relieves tension                                                                  Heather Leoncini

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11th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee Bringing Fun Downtown

LOUISVILLE, KY, (August 15, 2015) – The 2015 National Jug Band Jubilee takes place at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on Saturday, September 19. This is the festival’s 11th anniversary and the organizers have a few special treats for fans this year. The highlight of the 2015 National Jug Band Jubilee will be recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Juggernaut Jug Band. Formed at Waggener High School in 1965, the Juggernaut members have spread the gospel of jug band music throughout the nation through their concerts, workshops, and volunteer work. The Juggernaut Jug Band is also one of two bands, the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs being the other, who have performed at every National Jug Band Jubilee!

The 2015 National Jug Band Jubilee also has a lot of other fun scheduled. In addition to hosting some of the best jug bands from around the country – and for the first time this year – CANADA, this year’s festival will include a special children’s jug band performance, several workshops between bands, and much more. Author Michael L. Jones will be on hand to autograph copies of his book, “Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee”, winner of the 2014 Sam Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League.

The complete line-up for this year’s Jubilee is below:

  • Juggernaut Jug Band – Louisville, KY
  • Steel City Jug Slammers – Birmingham, AL
  • Side Street Steppers – Memphis, TN
  • The Gallus Brothers – Bellingham, WA
  • Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Bones, Jugs N Harmony – Urbana, IL
  • Cincinnati Dancing Pigs – Cincinnati, OH
  • Bourbonville Buskers – Louisville, KY
  • How Long Jug Band – Portland, OR

The National Jug Band Jubilee was created to celebrate the legacy of jug band music in the River City. Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug band music, a pre-war jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments. In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs (“the poor man’s tuba”), kazoos and washboards. By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

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11th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee Bringing Fun Downtown2017-04-02T01:09:22+00:00

2015’s Jubilee Schedule

2017-04-02T01:09:31+00:00

1PM – Bourbonville Buskers – Louisville, KY
2PM – Bones, Jugs N Harmony – Urbana, IL
3PM – Cincinnati Dancing Pigs – Cincinnati, OH
4PM – WORKSHOP
5PM – Side Street Steppers – Memphis, TN
6PM – How Long Jug Band – Portland, OR
7PM – Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
8PM – Steel City Jug Slammers – Birmingham, AL
9PM – Juggernaut Jug Band – Louisville, KY
10PM – The Gallus Brothers – Bellingham, WA

 

 

2015’s Jubilee Schedule2017-04-02T01:09:31+00:00