Saturday August 18, 2018, on the grounds of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, the International Jug Band Festival will be celebrating its 16th year! This year’s FREE festival, starting at 11am and running until 9pm, will feature old favorites and new bands showcasing the variety and exuberance that is Jug Band Music. This festival is a "Kick in the Pants" fun time, with music that will get your feet tapping and set your soul free. Dance the day away or just sit under the shade tents on the lawn and enjoy the most unusual and wonderful music, performed by bands from near and far.
What is Jug Band Music? It is the grass roots of blues, played with any item that will produce music....spoons, saws, fiddles, banjos, wash boards, acoustic guitars, upright bass, homemade bass, and obviously... Jugs.
This annual gathering of Jug Bands began in 2002 when Andy Fahrenwald and Wayne Hagen brought a variety of Jug Bands from Northern and Southern California together in Minnie Provis Park, in Sutter Creek. It was the first time jug bands in California were able to gather, hear, and meet other jug bands. Over the years the Festival grew and the California Jug Band Association (CJBA) was born.
Jug Band Festivals now happen in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a network of jug band musicians grew. CJBA depends on contributions to The International Jug Band Festival in Sutter Creek to keep this a free event.
Set in a beautiful outdoor venue, on the lawn of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, (the first Bed & Breakfast Inn in California) right on Main Street, Sutter Creek....the heart of the Gold Country. This little Gold Rush Town is the setting for many events, but the International Jug Band Festival is one of the most unusual. It is a day you will enjoy and remember for a very long time.
This year’s festival brings Festival favorites: the South Sac Jooks , Jailhouse String Band, Paul Emery and Friends, 5 Cent Coffee, Yo Pitzy Jug band, Rivertown Skifflers, 2 Bit Jug Band, Carmichael Philharmonic Jug Band, Porter Road Jug band, and Chief Priest, who will all put a smile on your face. Be sure to see (and hear) the many more acts that will join in on the fun.
CJBA would like to thank the people of Sutter Creek for their support over the years. Andy passed away, but his dream of a free festival celebrating and spreading the joy of jug band music lives on.
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a day of unusual and fun music!
For more information call 267-1344 the Sutter Creek Visitor Center.