Juggernaut Jug Band makes first local appearance

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The Juggernaut Jug Band will be the featured performer Friday at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Band Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown/Nelson County Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 14th season of free, family oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Juggernaut Jug Band hails from the birthplace of jug music (Louisville). The band has been blending jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware for 50 years.

The band has been a regular at the Kentucky State Fair in recent years, and has played the Great American Music Fest in Branson, Mo., and the National Jug Band Jubilee to name just a few. The band also loves doing kids shows and family concerts.

The Juggernaut Jug Band is composed of: Roscoe Goose on jug, vocals, washboard, trumpet, blues harp, and snare drum; Skip Tracer on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo; Slim Chance on vocals, guitar, and banjo; and Nick O’Time on vocals, acoustic and washtub bass, and kazoo.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue.

Next week’s program will present The Frontier Band, a young new group from London, Ky., whose original compositions are influenced by such diverse groups as the Zac Brown Band, Exile, John Mayer, James Taylor and the Beatles.

This year’s Summer Band Concert Series is underwritten by the Bardstown offices of Edward Jones Investments, headed by Rob Smotherman, Sarah Hite, Lynn Hammack, Matt Anderson, Darren Royal and Nat Jordan. Corporate Patrons this year are Willett Distillery, Town & Country Bank, William and Janet Franklyn, and Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer. Significant donations were also made by Dick and Alice Heaton, Marie and Pike Conway, Farm Bureau Insurance-East, Five Star Food Marts, Hibbs & Associates, Boone’s Butcher Shop, Lincoln National Bank and Bardstown Copy & Print.

Many other local businesses and individuals also made contributions, making this year’s concert series possible.

Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets and let their children play on the park’s playground equipment while they enjoy the concert. There is plenty of parking available.