Jug Band Giants

Historic Newton is pleased to have presented the Jug Band Giants with iconic musicians Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, and Jim Kweskin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Newton North High School. 

Joining together for the first time in decades, these legendary musicians brought to life jug band music as well as more traditional folk music. All three have performed American music widely and to great acclaim. Their reunion was a treat for music fans of all ages! We thank our sponsors and all those who attended our concert.









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More about the musicians and jug band music

An influential vocalist in blues, folk, and folk-revival music, Geoff Muldaur co-founded the legendary Kweskin Jug Band and has recorded with icons that include Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, and John Cale. 
Founder of Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian was a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, played at Woodstock and recorded with The Doors, Gordon Lightfoot, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and many more
Jim Kweskin, a guitar and harmonica virtuoso, founded the legendary Jim Kweskin Jug Band in Cambridge, MA

Originally developed in African American communities in the South in the late 19th century, jug bands brought people together to make music with whatever household goods they could find – jugs, washboards, and spoons. With growing popularity, the genre reached its widest audiences from the 1890s through the 1920s and was again revived in the 1960s when artists such as Muldaur, Sebastian, and Kweskin rediscovered and revitalized it.