See the Contest page for 2017 Songwriting and Performance contest rules and submission form. Twelve finalists will perform their songs at the Festival on Sunday. The contest winner will perform as part of Sunday's closing concert with Bill Miller and Pigtown Fling String Band. Entries are due no later than July 20.
Tickets Available for Online Purchase.
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People’s Food Co-op and Pearl Street Brewery.
Friday Night Concert Performers Set
Steel City Jug Slammers
Steel City Jug Slammers is a modern jug band performing Pre- WWII and original material. The Birmingham, Alabama band was started 2012 and consists of Ramblin' Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, & Maxwell Honeycup. Since forming the band has has become known for their jug band antics. Performing a catalog of classics and originals, the Steel City Jug Slammers brings the sounds on the 78 RPM era to life.
The band continues a tradition of jug band music that is highly influenced by the sounds of early Memphis string band and blues. Instrumentation in the band varies. While the guitar provides the pallet for the songs, it is carried by the back bone of the washtub bass and jug. On top of that you will hear anything from banjo- mandolin to banjo- guitar and maybe even a little kazoo.
Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based bluegrass jam band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.