Department of Tourism
Jug Bands to Perform in Louisville Area Oct. 12-14
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bands from six states will perform at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville and in Crestwood, Ky. October 12-14.
Jubilee fans will have an opportunity to hear these bands at Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 13. They will have a second chance at an encore concert at Crestwood’s Oldham County Schools Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14.
Participating Jubilee bands include Louisville’s Juggernaut Jug Band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops of North Carolina, the Dirdy Birdies Jug Band of New Jersey, the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs of Ohio, the Jake Leg Stompers of Tennessee and the Second Fiddles of New York. Louisville musician Pokey LaFarge will perform between sets. Music archivist, historian, songwriter and artist Delmark Goldfarb will be a special guest.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy will present the Louisville festival. The conservancy restores, enhances and preserves Louisville’s historic Olmsted Parks and Parkways. The Oldham County Schools Arts Center will co-sponsor the Sunday concert with National Jug Band Jubilee, Inc. to further the Jubilee’s mission of preserving, promoting and presenting jug band music. Jug bands and their fans around the world consider Louisville the birthplace of jug band music.
“Sponsoring this year’s Jug Band Jubilee is our way of thanking all those who support the Olmsted Parks Conservancy mission. Showcasing it in an Olmsted park, at the newly renovated Iroquois Park Amphitheatre is an exciting opportunity. The Conservancy was a major contributor to that renovation,” said Conservancy Chairman Bill Juckett.
Sunday’s concert will feature “edu-tainer” Sule Greg Wilson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Juggernaut Jug Band.
Jubliee President Rod Wenz said that state, community and business support is enabling the Jubilee to begin turning the dreams of its organizers from vision to reality.
“We’re honored to partner with Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Oldham Schools. Brown-Forman Corporation is a major supporter, and sponsorships by Metro Louisville, Iroquois Area Business Association, Kentucky Arts Council and others have enabled the Jubilee to expand from a two-band steamboat cruise in 2005 to three days in two venues with six bands in 2007,” Wenz said.
Tickets at the gate cost $10 for Friday, $12 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday, with children half price. Tickets purchased in advance through Ticketmaster or select ticket locations are $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday, again with children half price.
National Jug Band Jubilee, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501 (C-3) non-profit corporation. The organization has conducted workshops on jug band music and donated historic Louisville-oriented jug band materials to the Louisville Free Public Library, the Filson Historical Society and the Kentucky Center for African American heritage. For more information, including advance ticket locations, go to www.jugbandjubilee.org.
The Kentucky Department of Tourism, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, exists to promote The Commonwealth as a travel destination, generate revenue and create jobs for Kentucky’s economy.