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The Christmas Jug Band Family Night
A momentary lapse of sanity that became an annual holiday tradition returns to Sweetwater — with discounts for those under 12 and over 65.
The Christmas Jug Band is invading Sweetwater for a return to the namesake that was the band’s main home turf for 20+ years.
This irreverent crew of stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique is a seasonal assemblage of misfits of Commander Cody alumni & others from notable Bay Area musical aggregations such as Those Darn Accordions, The Moonlighters, Jesse Colin Young, and Elvis Costello.
What started as Wild Turkey-inspired momentary lapse of sanity is now, 5 albums (over 25,000 sold) & 35 years of fruitcakes later, an unconventional tradition of highly skewed merriment.
One never knows exactly what form this 100% acoustic folk-skiffle-swing jug band will take from one season to the next, but those who attend will get a guaranteed full dose of tongue-in-cheek holiday high jinks!
From Yellow Springs, Ohio, Gregory Leroy “Duke Dagreeze” Dewey (Mad River, County Joe & the Fish, Marty Balin), his brother – Nicholas Q (Not Joe) Dewey, and their partner in “The Reptile Brothers Band,” Tim Eschliman (Commander Cody, Etta James) started the weekly Appalachian-style jug jams with the Deweys’ roommate, Paul Wenninger (from Chicago, road manager for Van Morrison, Dan Hicks).
Spur-of-the-moment street corner appearances, instigated by Dan Hicks (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks) around the same time also had a jug band instrumentation and included many of the same musicians. In late 1977, Dan Hicks was needed for a recording gig in Los Angeles. His jug-headed cohorts, regular entrants to the Open Mike, covered for him and hosted the event on December 19, 1977. Billed as “The Three Wise Men +4 -1 Jug Band,” this early cast of characters laid down their first holiday set of irreverent tunes. The owner of The Old Mill then suggested the band do a Christmas Eve gig. That show, which included Mr. Hicks, started the annual jug band performances. A tradition was established and that momentary lapse of insanity is now a holiday mindset.
19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
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The café, concert hall, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. If you would like to request a wheelchair seating location or have other ADA needs, please e-mail boxoffice at swmh.com as soonView more
The café, concert hall, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. If you would like to request a wheelchair seating location or have other ADA needs, please e-mail boxoffice at swmh.com as soon as you purchase your ticket. We will do everything possible to accommodate your request.View less