The Sept 19 festival will be staged at the beautiful Brown-Forman Amphitheater on River Road. Admission is free.
Nine jug bands – local, regional and for the first time an international presence with a band from JAPAN -- will be jamming their unique form of music from 1 p.m. to 11 pm., accompanied by workshops and history lessons on “America’s Happiest Music.” If you're into jumping in to the art, you're invited to give it a try. Children are especially welcome. A primary Jubilee goal is keeping this music alive by involving young people. Artists in this year’s bands range in age from 14 to 5.
Refreshments will be available for purchase all day to keep you revived and satisfied, including beer and wine for the adults. This year the National Jug Band Jubilee honors the legacy and memory of Louisville Jug Blower Earl McDonald. Earl McDonald led the Ballard Chefs' weekly performances on Louisville's WHAS radio for three years (1929-1932). Public response exceeded expectations, enhancing the popularity of jug band music throughout the eastern half of the United States. Earl McDonald’s voice and the rhythm of his jug blowing enlivened the recordings of more than 40 tunes with a half-dozen bands from 1924 to 1931. In addition to his Original Louisville Jug Band, those bands included Louisville Jug Band, Sara Martin’s Jug Band, Clifford’s Louisville Jug Band, Old Southern Jug Band as well as the Dixieland Jug Blowers. His music was remarkable. His grave remains unmarked. On Friday, September 18 at 2:00pm that will change when they unveil a monument at Earl’s gravesite in Louisville Cemetery. At noon on Saturday, they'll kick-off the Jubilee celebrations when we unveil a Historical Highway Marker in his honor. The hope is to have it placed along River Road, near the Brown-Forman Amphitheater, and near downtown Louisville. For more information, go to www.jugbandjubilee.org