The Great Northeast Jug Band Festival
The Great Northeast
Jug Band Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 1-5pm
@ Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St Arlington, MA 02476
(Rain Location: Arlington Community Center, 27 Maple St)
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 on the lawn of the historic Jason Russell House! Event will be outside and attendees are invited to bring chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy performances by four of the region's best Jug Bands!
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.
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!
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.