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The Great Northeast Jug Band Festival



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The Great Northeast
Jug Band Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 1-5pm

Venue Update: Due to the inclement weather forecasted for Saturday, October 1, The Great Northeast Jug Band Festival will move indoors at 27 Maple St in the main hall of the Arlington Community Center (home of ACA!)

New England’s ONLY Jug Band Festival will highlight traditions from the 1920’s and 30’s, and the modern evolution of this good-time music.

This event is free and open to the public at 27 Maple St in the main hall of the Arlington Community Center. General admission seating will be available to enjoy performances by four of the region's best Jug Bands! Doors at 12:30pm.

What’s Jug Band Music?


It’s bluesy, jazzy, and fun! With roots from Appalachia, New Orleans, and Africa, jug band music started in the south (notably Louisville Kentucky and Memphis Tennessee) in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Highly popular "back in the day", jug bands such as Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers and the Memphis Jug Band incorporated a variety of conventional and home-made instruments (such as spoons, washtub bass, and washboard), and, of course, featured jug-blowing as a rhythmic backbone.  Jug band music could have quietly slid into obscurity if not for a revival in the 1960’s by notable musicians such as John Sebastian, Jerry Garcia, Jim Kweskin, and Maria Muldaur. Today, the genre is alive and well, as you’ll get to hear and see when you come to the festival.

Event Schedule:

1-5PM | Performances

@ Jason Russell House Lawn, 7 Jason St Arlington, MA 02476

(Rain location: Arlington Community Center, 27 Maple St)

12:30PM - Public permitted to enter and find seating


1PM - Music Begins w/ The Squeakeasy Jug Band!


2PM- High Maintenance Jug Band

3PM - Outrageous Fortune

4PM - The Busted Jug Band


FINALE • All-Band Jam! 



Special thanks to our festival sponsor, José's Torta Mexicana for their support of this free public event!

Join us at the festival in style!

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If you'd like to come to the event in style, we have produced an event t-shirt that you can order on-demand at your convenience and support ACA and our efforts to continue to present free events and programs.

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