LIVE: Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band @ The Egg, 8/28/13

September 23rd, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

That’s not making too big a deal of it.
The church of the holy jug.

Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band did not invent jug band music, but during the ’60s folk revival they did take it to a different place, streamlining what was essentially African-American string band music for a new, young, hip white audience.

The audience at the The Egg for the group’s 50th Anniversary Tour appearance — one of only four on the east coast— was overwhelmingly white, but at this point no one would call them young or hip.

Jug band music has always been about joy and there was plenty of that to go around. And nostalgia, too. The latter was expected, but a little more relentless than necessary. In fact, Jim Kweskin and Maria Muldaur abused the phrase “back in the day” so much that Geoff Muldaur eventually banned its usage.

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