"The essence of the jug-band idea is people jamming music for free and for fun with an extremely unrehearsed, spontaneous nature to it."
--- Geoff Muldaur

"No two jug bands could sound alike simply because the music is at once so personal and so collective."
--- Dave Van Ronk

2016 Events

14th Annual International Jug Band Festival, 2016

at Sutter Creek Inn








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Mission of the California Jug Band Association

  • To promote, encourage, foster, and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, support, and performance of jug band music as an original American musical art form; other genres of music similar in style and execution including, but not limited to, jook, hokum, spasm, skiffle, washboard, and medicine show music are also within the interest scope of the CJBA.;
  • To provide access to resources for performances, lectures, demonstrations, and/or educational presentations to any institutions supporting the goals of the association and for the purpose of expanding public awareness of jug band music
  • To support the planning and execution of at least one annual jug band festival in the state of California;
  • To maintain an association Web site to publicize its mission and supported events and activities.

If you would like additional information about the California Jug Band Association or any of the announced festivals or if you are a jug band that would like to participate or if you would like to volunteer to help with festival organization, please contact Jugmaster@jugfest.org

The California Jug Band Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation. All content, except where noted, is (c) The California Jug Band Association, Inc. "CJBA", and the "jug-blower logo" are trademarks or registered trademarks of the California Jug Band Association, Inc.