It's a bird! It's a Plane! It's a Jug Band on Tour!

That's right -- this jug band is hittin' the road! While thousands of people will be convening in our hometown San Diego for the annual mega-phenomenon that is Comic-Con International, G Burns Jug Band will be proverbially getting out of Dodge, and spreading our old school American music throughout the Golden State. In fact, I'd like to think I'll be creating a new superhero of sorts, called Washboardman, and I'll be backing up a band of crime-fighters including Jug Man, Accordion Woman, Banjo Man, and Fiddle Woman.

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And just where can you find this troupe of American roots superheros, you ask?  Here's the rundown:

  • Thursday, July 9:  Berkeley (Freight & Salvage) 7:00 p.m. - no cover
  • Friday, July 10:  Santa Cruz (Club Zayante grounds) 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 11: Los Osos (Red Barn Community Music Series) 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 12: Santa Barbara (Pure Order Brewing Co.) 4:00 p.m.

I hope to see some of my California friends this week as we bring our foot stompin' live set and brand-new CD, the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe, to new faces, ears, and hearts. For those who can't make it -- don't fret! I will, of course, be posting photos and videos of our jaunt up north for the rest of you dear people around the globe. As always, thanks for tuning in!





G Burns Jug Band Plays Two Shows at San Diego and Louisiana's Gator by the Bay Festival

I had the pleasure of playing washboard on two occasions with G Burns Jug Band at this year's installment of the Gator by the Bay festival in San Diego (Thursday, May7 and Sunday, May 10). Gator by the Bay is an event sponsored partially by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and features a wonderful mix of Louisiana and Southern California musicians, food, culture, and more.

Considering my own biography (logging in several years in both Louisiana and California), I was thrilled to be a part of this festival for the first time this year. It warmed my heart to hear the words and music of musicians from Louisiana, and it was truly an honor to play the washboard with G Burns Jug Band in this setting.

G Burns Jug Band played Gator by the Bay 2015 on Thursday May 7, and Sunday May 10

G Burns Jug Band played Gator by the Bay 2015 on Thursday May 7, and Sunday May 10

Whether I'm booked to play this festival next year or not, I will most certainly be back (that is unless I'm actually in Louisiana then), and in the meantime I will be busily and happily scratchin' and tappin' away with G Burns Jug Band. 

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Thanks, as always, for tuning in!

G Burns Jug Band Welcomes Swiss Schwörer Family on Their International Expedition

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of performing with G Burns Jug Band four times, and I wanted to include a short writeup on the first of those four, since it was unique. Before we headed up the street to play at Little Italy's Art Walk, we had the pleasure of performing at the San Diego Maritime Museum, welcoming the Schwörer Family as they arrived in America's Finest City.

The Swiss Schw ö rer family made a stop in San Diego on their international "Top to Top Global Climate Expedition". Photo: Bart Ziegler

The Swiss Schwörer family made a stop in San Diego on their international "Top to Top Global Climate Expedition". Photo: Bart Ziegler

The Swiss Family (Father Dario, mother Sabine, and children Sabine, Andri, and Noe) has been traveling around the world on their boat, the Panchamama, since 2003.  The Schwörers climb the highest mountain of each continent they visit, spreading their embodied message of ecology through their Top to Top Global Climate Expedition.

G Burns Jug Band playing as the Schw ö rers arrived on San Diego shores. L-R: Batya MacAdam-Somer, Meghann Welsh, Anders Larsson, Jonathan Piper, Clint Davis. Photo: Bart Ziegler

G Burns Jug Band playing as the Schwörers arrived on San Diego shores. L-R: Batya MacAdam-Somer, Meghann Welsh, Anders Larsson, Jonathan Piper, Clint Davis. Photo: Bart Ziegler

The experience of playing for the distinguished guests as they arrived on shore took me back to the ship homecomings I used to play as a drummer in Navy Band Southwest. I always enjoy playing washboard with this G Burns Jug band, and the added fun of our international guests made the morning an especially memorable one. I had a wonderful time meeting the Schwörers, who were eager to show us the Panchamama, and thank us for the traditional American music we provided as they arrived.

Thanks, as always, for tuning in!