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2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st

The Mad City Jug Band

America's Most Adequate Jug Band!™ The good timey sounds of jug band music - infectious and influential - have enjoyed popularity since its beginnings in the bands that developed in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Jug bands were playing jazz and blues long before the music was recognized and labelled as such. Their instruments were home made in some cases, or substitutions were found such as with a jug sounding like a tuba, or using a washboard for a rhythm instrument. Music was made and created and invented, and new styles were developed. Jug bands played on all the Ohio and Mississippi riverboat paddle wheelers and many of the southern night clubs. They were in vaudeville, on the streets and in traveling medicine shows. Two of the most popular and well recorded jug bands in the 1920s were Cannon's Jug Stompers and The Memphis Jug Band. The Mad City Jug Band portrays Americana and roots music at its greatest.

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