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The Watch City Steampunk Festival will be held May 12th, 2018! See our website at https://www.watchcityfestival.com/ for complete details.

This event is sponsored by the Downtown Waltham Partnership.
Saturday, May 12 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
The Busted Jug Band

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The all acoustic Busted Jug Band harkens back to the African-American street bands of the early 20th Century in Southern cities such as Memphis, St. Louis, and New Orleans. These resourceful musical organizations featured homemade and dime store instruments such as the kazoo, washboard and “gut-bucket” (or washtub) bass; alongside harmonica, mandolin, banjo-ukulele, squeeze box and a trunk full of musical oddities and noise makers. These acts were very popular in the 1930s, influenced early Blues and Swing groups, and inspired mainstream novelty acts of the 1940s and 50s such as the Hoosier Hotshots and, most notably, Spike Jones and his City Slickers. The Busted Jug Band's music is a festive romp through time featuring strong group vocals, swinging rhythms, Vaudeville-inspired humor and sharp instrumental work. The group plays music of the classic Jug Bands of Memphis, String Bands of Mississippi, and Swing Bands of the Urban North. These include early Blues and Rhythm & Blues, novelty tunes, standards, New Orleans Jazz and Hillbilly music. The Busted Jug Band pushes the “Jug idiom” beyond it's historical confines. Homemade instruments are used and also modified with modern techniques for maximum impact. Vaudevillian sight gags, bad jokes and colorful stage attire round out the show, and fun reigns supreme.

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The Busted Jug Band

The all acoustic Busted Jug Band harkens back to the African-American street bands of the early 20th Century in Southern cities such as Memphis, St. Louis, and New Orleans. These resourceful musical organizations featured homemade and dime store instruments such as the kazoo, washboard... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Busk Spot 2

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