A small group of pals with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon formed what would become The Christmas Jug Band in Mill Valley, CA in the mid 1970’s. A momentary lapse of sanity has became an annual holiday tradition spanning over 30 years. The original jug-jam sessions were about creating new tunes, new lyrics, or just new grooves with an acoustic, backwoods, jug sound. A harmonica, old arch top f-hole type guitars, a jaw harp, a washboard, a washtub bass and even coat-hangers banged on the edge of the old wooden kitchen table help create the group’s unique sound. Cover songs are generally forbidden, and to maintain the funky, down-in-the-holler home-made instrument kind of sound, pianos, professional-sounding dread-naught sized guitars and any other instruments deemed “too-good-sounding” are discouraged.
Tickets are $18.00 for KVMR members, $20.00 in advance, and $22.00 at the door and are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch and Cherry Records.