"The essence of the jug-band idea is people jamming music for free and for fun with an extremely unrehearsed, spontaneous nature to it."
--- Geoff Muldaur

"No two jug bands could sound alike simply because the music is at once so personal and so collective."
--- Dave Van Ronk

2014 Events

Jug Band Santa Cruz

May 31
The Crepe Place

  • The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine
  • Jailhouse String Band
  • Club Zyante Jug Stompers


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Jug Band Jam at San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Presidio Middle School
June 21-22, 2014 $ Free

CJBA and affiliated bands will be participating once again in the wonderful San Francisco Free Folk Festival June 21-22, 2014. On the 21st, CJBA will lead a Jug Band Jam from 2-4 pm. Last year, players from all over the Bay Area joined in some great jug band tunes. The room was filled to overflowing.

Also on Saturday the Brokin' Jug Band and The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine will perform. On Sunday, Mugg Muggles & his Sizzling Syncopators will perform.

12th Annual International Jug Band Festival, 2014

at Sutter Creek Inn
August 16, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
$ Free

More CJBA events to be announced soon.

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Mission of the California Jug Band Association

  • To promote, encourage, foster, and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, support, and performance of jug band music as an original American musical art form; other genres of music similar in style and execution including, but not limited to, jook, hokum, spasm, skiffle, washboard, and medicine show music are also within the interest scope of the CJBA.;
  • To provide access to resources for performances, lectures, demonstrations, and/or educational presentations to any institutions supporting the goals of the association and for the purpose of expanding public awareness of jug band music
  • To support the planning and execution of at least one annual jug band festival in the state of California;
  • To maintain an association Web site to publicize its mission and supported events and activities.

If you would like additional information about the California Jug Band Association or any of the announced festivals or if you are a jug band that would like to participate or if you would like to volunteer to help with festival organization, please contact Jugmaster@jugfest.org

The California Jug Band Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation. All content, except where noted, is (c) The California Jug Band Association, Inc. "CJBA", and the "jug-blower logo" are trademarks or registered trademarks of the California Jug Band Association, Inc.