Jug Dealers hit the road in '05 as an old time jug band, wowing festival audiences and listeners everywhere. Starting with homemade instruments and Vaudevillian antics, they quickly received a spotlight on NPR's All Things Considered. In 05 and a half Jug Dealers started recruiting some of the best talent from the SF bay area with more "conventional" instruements and rapidly expanded into a larger, more sophisticated act. Playing a musical mash-up of Classic American Roots, Soul, Jazz Improvisation, Hobo Funk and ragtime they bring a raw energy to the stage and dance floor that is nothing short of a spiritual, highly energetic good time. Steeped in musical history and elements of old time showmanship, they continually bring a freshness and relevance to their music that draw audiences spanning from Hip Hop, the Jam-band scene and a lot of other genres in between.
After years of sharpening their skills in studios and on stages with acts including Melvin Seals JGB, The everyone orchestra w/ Steve Kimock and Michael Kang, 7Walkers, Radioactive, Moonalice and many more, Jug Dealers recorded their self titled debut album. The album features legends Barry Sless (pedal stael), Brinoism (whiskey box,vocals), and Danny Eisenberg (keys). Since the release in April 2011, the album has garnered much praise and rave reviews from industry insiders. So bust out your train hopping gear, polish your best interpretational dance moves, and come see one of the hottest bands on the West Coast
The "Jug Dealers" are:
Adam Walsh (guitar,vocals)
Aldo Fazio (bass)
Bradley Leach (drums)
Jimmy the inch (sax)
Stephanie Salva (vocals)
Special "sit in" guests include: Barry Sless, Bruce Gordon, Danny Eisenberg, Matt Eackle, Radioactive, Jack Kirkner, Jeff Stevenson, and Ben Burleigh
The sound of one spoon clanging, the tug of a tin-can telephone, the sound of a Jug being chugged......We dare not cage the immutable, unanswerable riddle of the Muse…we are merely her mouthpiece. Whether it’s the stomp of a Hobo's left foot or the drone of an electrified oven rack, whether it’s the thwack of the whiskey-box or the drop of a fat bass line…..it’s all Art. We are an abstract collective of performers spanning the gaps between past and future. In the tradition of Louis Armstrong, we are the “Real Ambassadors.” We are the true voice of American Culture. Not the culture that you hear about on your flat screen TV, but that culture that lies under railroad bridges eating mulligan stew, that culture that has been beat-down, forgotten about, that grows under your fingernails like…like…….No! Not Bacteria! We represent something far more fascinating and surreal! We are the roots, we are the water...We are the answer to that road bound horizon’s calling. We are moving backwards to the future! We are reaching for that place where art is pure, unadulterated, eviscerated from the confines of the Dollar….although, if you don’t pay us, we’ll be forced to sleep on your floor!