On your way to the Jug Band Jubilee at Waterfront Park, you may see this historical marker dedicated to one of jug band music’s pioneers.
Earl McDonald formed the Louisville Jug Band,which is known as the first jug band to record in a studio. He also fostered a music network among Black musicians which sowed the seeds for the culture of music in River City. His musical talent + love for the community earned him the nickname “king of jug players.”
Visit the marker on the Riverwalk (at 1301 River Rd.) near the Brown Forman-Amphitheater.