Who doesn’t love jugs?
That’s right—it’s a Jug Fest! No, not those kind of jugs. Get your filthy mind out of the gutter. I’m talking about music here. Think the Lovin’ Spoonful, Mungo Jerry, Willie and the Poor Boys kind of jugs. Think washboards and broomstick bass. That’s right, a big dose of some old-timey music. The fourth annual International Jug Band Festival is a celebration of one of America’s great musical traditions. Though the genre has been around for nearly a century, we can thank Dave Van Ronk, folk music’s Remus to Bob Dylan’s Romulus, for its revival. Van Ronk brought jug-band music back from obscurity on 1958’s “Skiffle in Stereo,” and it quickly caught on with folkies all over America. At the International Jug Band Festival you can check out an international array of jug bands playing any of the myriad styles in the jug-band-music spectrum: jook, hokum, spasm, skiffle, washboard and medicine-show music. Bands on the bill include, but certainly aren’t limited to, the Sacramento area’s Loose Acoustic Trio, Breakthrough, Skiffle Symphony, the Barking Spiders, Fillmore Street Express, the Stumptown Jug Thumpers and the Babar Jug Band. So, get out to Minnie Provis Park, on Church Street in Sutter Creek, this Saturday for the live music, workshops and much more. The Jug Band Festival is a free event and runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, I recommend you visit the official Web site at www.jugfest.org. Of course, if you’ve got some spare time, you could just google “jugfest” and see what you come up with.