The Crow Quill Night Owls, Gallus Brothers and Below the Salt in Davis
The beauty of a jug band is manifold. Seriously. There is a lack of pretension and an abundance of resourcefulness. The genre, known for using household items as improvised instruments (combs, broomsticks and, obviously, jugs—all generally deemed uncool), is American roots music, an amalgamation of blues, ragtime and folk. This is the kind of music that is difficult not to tap feet, slap hands or crack a smile to when listening to the old-timey sounds.
Exhibit A: the Crow Quill Night Owls from Port Townsend, Washington. Armed with an array of instruments including a gutbucket, harmonica, washboard, guitar, banjo and spoons, their plucky tunes are entirely fun. The Owls likely will be joined onstage by tour mates, the Gallus Brothers, who happen to be exhibit B. Also from Washington, these two vaudevillian fellas incorporate acrobatics, juggling and comedy with their music. The Brothers probably will climb atop one another during their set and juggle as they continue to play. Seriously. It’s quite the sight (and sound).