Jug Band Jubilee returns to Waterfront Park on September 21st - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jug Band Jubilee returns to Waterfront Park with the "Happiest Music in America"

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The 9th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee returns to the Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park near Tumbleweed on Saturday, September 21, Noon-11 p.m.

Louisville.com named the jubilee, which attracts bands and fans from all over the country, one of "15 Music Events to Attend in 2013."

In addition to the music, the festival also includes food vendors, a beer and wine booth, and a number of workshops for adults and children.

Louisville is the acknowledged home of jug music, a pre-jazz style that features traditional and homemade instruments.

In the late 19th century, African American musicians walked the streets of the River City playing tunes on improvised instruments like empty liquor jugs ("the poor man's tuba"), kazoos and washboards.

By the time the sound reached its peak in the 1930s, it had infiltrated towns up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, especially Memphis and New Orleans.

The National Jug Band Jubilee draws musicians from all over the country.

The 2013 line-up includes:

· The Crow Quill Night Owls - Port Townsend, WA

· The Hokum High Rollers - New Orleans, LA

· Sanctified Grumblers - Chicago, IL

· The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs - Cincinnati, OH

· The Juggernaut Jug Band - Louisville, KY

· How Long Jug Band - Portland, OR

· The Jake Leg Stompers - Murfreesboro, TN

· Boo Bradley - Madison, WI

· Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues - New York, NY

The National Jug Band Jubilee is dedicated to preserving the history of Louisville jug music.

For the last several years, the organization has partnered with Jefferson County Public Schools to offer jug band concerts to school children on the day before the jubilee.

That tradition will continue this year.

The event is FREE and family friendly.

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