Jug Band Giants Concert Brings Together Three Legendary Performers

Historic Newton Event Celebrates an American Musical Tradition

The Jug Band Giants – iconic musicians Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, and Jim Kweskin – come together for the first time in decades to perform the inspiring music which formed the basis of American roots music and today’s popular music. They’ll perform at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Newton North High School in a benefit for Historic Newton.


A rare opportunity for music fans of all ages, the Historic Newton benefit concert features Muldaur, Sebastian, and Kweskin for a joint appearance performing jug band as well as traditional folk music as the Jug Band Giants. Individually, each one built a legendary career. An influential voice in the blues, folk, and folk-rock revival in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY, Muldaur was a co-founder of the legendary Kweskin Jug Band and has recorded with music icons that include Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, and John Cale. He has also composed music for film and television.

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. As part of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inducted Lovin’ Spoonful, he created hit singles including “Do You Believe in Magic?” Later, Sebastian wrote “Welcome Back,” the theme song for the television show “Welcome Back Kotter.” He is also known as a guitar and harmonica virtuoso.

The versatile Jim Kweskin founded the legendary Jim Kweskin Jug Band in Cambridge, MA. The group performed a variety of American genres, including ragtime and classic blues in a style that inspired others – including Sebastian.

“We are incredibly honored to have the Jug Band Giants perform at our annual benefit concert,” said Lisa Dady, director of Historic Newton, a public private partnership that preserves and educates about history in the City of Newton. “It promises to be a night of incredible music, and part of our mission to showcase ways in which music is a living tradition of American history.

Steeped in American folk and blues musical traditions, jug band music originated 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 across racial lines, the genre reached its widest audiences from the 1890s through the 1920s. The genre was revived in the 1960s when acclaimed artists such as Muldaur, Sebastian, and Kweskin rediscovered and revitalized the music.

We hope to see you on November 18.

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