$35 Prepaid; $40 at the door.
While Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are appearing at the Four Friends Gallery as a duo, it is important to place them in the context of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Jim and Geoff, along with Fritz Richmond, were the constants in the Jug Band.
The rock critic Ed Ward once listed the most important bands of the early 1960s as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Apparently thinking that some people might be surprised to find the Kweskin gang on that list, he added: "I'm not kidding." No one who has ever seen the Jug Band would have thought he was.
There has never been another group like Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band. The original "Americana" band, playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock 'n' roll, they perfectly captured the legendary 1960s mix of exuberant anarchy and heartfelt sincerity. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful, but no other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing.
Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.
Geoff Muldaur was already a known factor when he joined the jug band, and he went on to lend his soulful vocals and brilliant arranging skills to a wide range of influential groups, from Geoff and Maria to Paul Butterfield's Better Days to his own dazzlingly varied solo ventures. He returned from a dozen-year hiatus in 1998 with the acclaimed Secret Handshake, proving his skills were stronger than ever, and has since been touring widely, recording everything from blues and jug band music to an album of Bix Beiderbecke arranged for horn octet. Fifty years on, his singing remains uniquely powerful; as the English folk-rocker Richard Thompson said: "There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them."
Fifty years down the road, Kweskin and Muldaur have kept making music in myriad configurations, and they've staked out plenty of territory since their jug band days. But the Jug Band is where they started, and there is a special magic when they come back together.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
All ages are welcome.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is plenty of off-street parking. When you turn into the driveway of 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., you will see Blank Canvas on your left. Four Friends Gallery is next door to Blank Canvas. cntinue to drive up the hill and you will find plenty of parking spaces as you drive.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact Steve Brogden at 805.358.4970. Your call may go to voice mail but dont hesitate to leave a message. Steve will get back to you. Of course, you may email him at email@example.com.