Enjoy jug band music at sunset. | Photo by Andrew Yeager-Buckley at @andrewyb
The National Jug Band Jubilee is back. This free family-friendly festival will celebrate the history of jug band music in Louisville with live music on the banks of the Ohio River. Here’s what to expect at this year’s event.
About jug bands
Jug band music is a pre-World War I jazz style that uses both traditionaland homemade instruments. Think: Washboards, spoons, hardware, and, of course, empty jugs.
The style is integral to the culture of Derby City, which is acknowledged as the home of jug band music. The first known artists to record the genre — like Clifford Hayes + Earl McDonald — did so right here in the 502.
The Jug Band Jubilee presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Louisvillians who keep jug band music alive.
The festival will be held at the Brown Forman-Amphitheater at the Waterfront Park on Sat., Sept. 24 from 12-9 p.m.
Bring a blanket or a chair and leave behind pets, coolers, and glass containers.
This year’s main act is Juggernaut Jug Band. This Louisville-based band is celebrating 50 years of continuous entertainment. The band formed in 1965 when four of the founding members discovered jug band music in high school. They’ve performed shows across the country + were even reviewed in The Washington Post.
In addition to live music, the festival will also offer Jug Band workshops, kid’s activities, vendors, and food + drink.
Use the links below to share with a friend with whom you'd jam to jug band music.
New Talent Tuesday | Tues., Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Louisville Comedy Club | Two-item minimum | Reserve seats to laugh with up-and-coming talent — adults only.
Wednesdays are for Westerns | Wed., Sept. 21 | 8:30-11:55 p.m. | Planet of the Tapes, 640 Barret Ave. | Free | Listen to country records while watching westerns on the big screen, plus sip housemade sarsaparilla specials at the bar. 🐴
Brett Eldredge | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 8 p.m. | Louisville Palace | $15+ | Hear hits like “Beat Of The Music” when multi-platinum-selling Country star, Brett Eldredge takes the stage. 🪕
The American Horrorplex | Fri., Sept. 23 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | American Horrorplex, 2012 Northwestern Pkwy. | $25+ | Walk through this award-winning haunted house with live performers + escape room experiences. 👻
ShopBar 3 Year Anniversary | Sat., Sept. 24 | 5 p.m.-1 a.m. | ShopBar, 950 Barret Ave. | Free | Shuck oysters with Lou Oyster Cult, snap a Mag Booth photo + sip complimentary champagne to celebrate this Barret Avenue bar’s three year anniversary. 🦪
Cxffee Black to Africa | Sun., Sep. 25 | 1-1:45 p.m. | Speed Art Museum | Free | Catch this documentary about an all-Black supply chain for coffee followed by a discussion with producers Renata Henderson + Bartholomew Jones and composer Milan Credle. ☕
The Parkland Library (2743 Virginia Ave.)is returning to the neighborhood. After closing in the late 1980s, the library will soon return with a renovation + expansion project. Celebrate by attending the groundbreaking ceremony on Tues., Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. 📚
Retrieve your vehicle from the city’s impound lot for free this week. Call The Louisville Metro Police Department (502-574-7078) to arrange a pick up — you’ll also need a license + proof of insurance. Learn more about abandoned cars and amnesty week here. (WFPL)
Entry to national parks in Kentucky will be free on Sat., Sept. 24. Celebrate National Public Lands Day by volunteering for a cleanup or enjoying a free self-guided tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. 🌲 (WFPL)
The Halloween Balloon Glow event will be at Lynn Family Stadium on Thurs., Oct. 27 + Fri., Oct. 28. Kids can trick-or-treat from ten hot air balloons — two of which will be available for tethered rides at an additional fee — plus enjoy inflatables, performances, seasonal food, and vendors. Tickets are $15. 🎃 (WHAS 11)
The Crane House will host its first Asian Night Market on Sat., Oct. 8 from 6-10 p.m. The event will highlight the cultural significance of night markets through performances, vendors + food trucks. Look forward to dancing by Oreya Ou and Taiwanese food from Hot Buns. (LEO Weekly)
The Clarksville Historic Preservation Commission has revealed a “Rosie the Riveter” art installation in Ashland Park — across the Second Street Bridge. The installation celebrates one of Clarksville, IN’s most famous residents, Rose Will Monroe, and her contributions during World War II. (WHAS 11)
Jack Harlow’s latest album, “Come Home The Kids Miss You,” has finally arrived at Guestroom Records Louisville. Get the milky white vinyl at 1806 Frankfort Ave.
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Visit the marker at Waterfront Park. | Photo by @jugbandjubilee
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 McDonaldformed 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.
Today’s issue was written by Multi-City Editor Jessalin.
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