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Offline uncle bud

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San Francisco Jug Band Festival
« on: August 02, 2009, 09:07:57 AM »
I haven't seen this mentioned here. Looks great, wish I was on a different coast. Between this and the Berkeley old-time festival, seems like Bay-area weenies have some great music ahead of them.

The following is from another list:

August 1, 2009

The 2009 San Francisco Jug Band Festival (August 15-17)
is shaping up to be one of the most memorable musical events of the year
that's guaranteed to please jug band aficionados, potential jug band
lovers, and even those who know little or nothing about jug band music.
It will be impossible for anyone to attend any part of this festival
without tapping their feet and laughing out loud (LOL)!

Just consider this program:

====> August 15: 10 am-6 pm at the Bandshell in Golden Gate
Park - a free day of some of the best jug band music on the planet

* Eden and John's East River String Band: from New York City - they try
to keep alive the rural music tradition that existed before 1935 when
radio became the central medium by which people heard music

* The Barking Spiders: featuring Keith Cary and Bob Armstrong with a
guest appearance by Meredith Axelrod - musical virtuosos playing classic
and original goodtime music on traditional and non-traditional instruments

* Devine's Jug Band: the hardest working jug band in Northern California

* The Boweavils: down home blues and novelty songs done in an old time
jug band style

* The Tarantulas Jug Band: the official jug band of the California State
Park system

* The Goat Family: raucous devotees of jug band, roots music, stompathon

* Five Cent Coffee: neo skiffle junkyard blues is how they describe
their music

* The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine: a reunion of the group
once described by legendary SF Chronicle music critic Phil Elwood as
possessing hints of blackcherry, oak, and 5 cent cigar

* Blind Boy Paxton (just added!): from Los Angeles and described as a
musician and singer who plays the guitar, banjo and piano and is a
walking encyclopedia of early blues and jazz

* The Jugtown Pirates: formerly the Jugtown Pirates of Lake Champlain,
but they've made the Bay Area their new home

====> August 16: 1 pm-4 pm at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco
Public Library

* A multimedia presentation and panel discussion by jug band music
experts including Arlo Leach and Wayne Hagen

* A live performance of jug band music by Amazing Grapes

====> August 16: 8 pm-midnight at Club Amnesia - performances by

* Eden and John's East River String Band with special guest Ralph Carney

* Miss Emily Anne's Hot Nuts

* Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Jug Band Trio (Lavay Smith, Chris Siebert,
and Pete Devine)

====> August 17: 8 pm-midnight at Club Amnesia (JUST ADDED!) -
performances by

* Lech's Jug Band Project - featuring Lech Wierzynski of Jug Free
America, The Blue Roots,
and The California Honeydrops

* Devine's Jug Band

* Meredith Axelrod


See complete details about the festival and links for additional artist
information at

The San Francisco Jug Band Festival is a labor of love by the California
Jug Band Association (CJBA) - a California 501(c)(3) educational
non-profit. The CJBA operates on a shoestring budget and cannot afford a
massive publicity campaign. PLEASE pass this information on to any
person, group, mailing list, newspaper, media outlet, etc. that you
think might be interested.

The outstanding festival poster, designed by "Misisipi Mike" Wolf, can
be downloaded from

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