Jug band in New Bremen Sunday


NEW BREMEN — Lock One Community Arts will present the Juggernaut Jug Band in concert at 3 p.m., Sundya, in the James F. Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.

The band blends jazz, blues, ragtime, swing, and original music. The instruments skillfully played on the stage will include washtubs, kazoos, jugs, washboards and assorted other hardware.

It might sound like a very light approach to music, and, indeed, the atmosphere will be less than serious. This group — Greg “Frankie” Lentz on guitar and vocals; Pat “Slim Chance” Lentz on guitar, banjo, and vocals; Stu “Roscoe Goose” Helm on jug, percussion, harmonica and vocals; and James “Jug Band Jimmy” Brown on bass and vocals — will very quickly impress as accomplished musicians who “don’t let virtuosity get in the way of having fun,” according to the Washington Post. The goal of each Juggernaut Jug Band performance is to be sure the audience has as much fun as the group on the stage.

The Juggernaut “style” is based on a period of American musical history and lore. Jug bands date back to the 1890s and, until the Great Depression in the 1930s, thrived, especially along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, with particular popularity in the Louisville area. Jug bands originated among impoverished African American musicians who wandered the streets, playing music on “found” instruments. This particular jug band has entertained with Leon Russell, Arlo Guthrie, Riders in the Sky, Bill Monroe, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more, and has appeared at the Kentucky State Fair, aboard the Delta Queen river boat, at the Great American Music Fest in Branson, among others.

Tickets cost $30 for adults, $10 for students, and are available at Western Ohio Hardware in New Bremen and at the door.

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