Don’t miss Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers at FOLK City at Photo City: A Benefit for REACH Saturday, February 17th from 6:45pm-7:45pm!
The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have been bringing their old-time, good-time jug band music to audiences in western New York since 2008. Hailed as “America’s happiest music,” jug band music has its roots in the country blues, old-time folk, and early jazz traditions of American music. The band’s captivating, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time as RUCKUS JUICE blends musicianship, creativity and tradition. They’ve been known to get the audience dancing, stomping, singing and even kazooing along with them!
Like any traditional jug band, the JUG STOMPERS’ instrumentation juxtaposes homespun instruments (jug, washboard, and kazoos) with traditional string band instruments (banjo, guitar, doghouse bass, fiddle and the less-traditional banjolin). *A band that knows how to entertain.* Audience members have described the RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS as having “excellent musicianship combined with entertaining showpersonship,” “upbeat music with catchy lyrics that make people of all ages want to sing along,” “high energy with a feel-good vibe,” “a clever and eclectic repertoire,” and “lots of good-natured fun!” The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS are led by Dan W, a three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition. Alongside Dan, every performer in the band exudes a love of music. It’s not unusual for the unusual to happen at RUCKUS JUICE’s loose and free-spirited performances—you just never know when they’ll bust out a wacky instrument or when a special guest will hop up on stage and raise a ruckus with them.
The band was formed after like-minded musicians continuously ran into each other on Bluegrass Tuesdays at Johnny’s Irish Pub and gotsta talkin’. They cobbled their name together from a line in a Memphis Jug Band song about some particularly potent moonshine (pronounced “roo-kus juice”) and dubbed themselves JUG STOMPERS to pay homage to Gus Cannon. The band draws its repertoire from nearly a century of musical history. They stay true to the traditional canon of jug band music from the 1920s & ‘30s as well as the revival of the 1960s. These foot-tappin’ fellows also find influence in contemporary music from the latest half-century. Ever-evolving, the band also peppers in several original compositions that feel like they could have been written long ago.
Over the past decade, the RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have performed at many clubs, breweries, wineries and cideries in western New York. The band has more festivals than they can count under their belt, including the Lilac Festival, the Real Beer Expo, Steampunk Festival, Park Ave Fest, Ribfest, Clothesline Arts Fest, I-Square Fall Festival and the Canandaigua Arts & Music Fest. The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have been repeat performers at neighborhood events, local festivals, senior living facilities, residential facilities for at-risk youth, summer camps and school art shows. Hell, they’ll even play your wedding.