As we wrap up the summer and prepare programming for the fall, we wanted to take a moment to share highlights from the last year, one that was filled with unprecedented challenges and many accomplishments. We found new and innovative ways to reach the children and families of Virginia with the power of the arts, […]
Rootstone Jug Band evokes a time before radios and recordings, when folk songs were woven into the fabric of rural life. Musicians played with distinctive ‘regional accents’. This group has studied and absorbed a range of regional styles. Old-time songs from Virginia are presented alongside material from the classic jug bands and songsters of Memphis, all with a deep respect for the music’s origins. These songs are essential ingredients in the American musical recipe, and in the hands and voices of Rootstone Jug Band, they come alive again. High energy performances take listeners back in time, and teach about America’s rich cultural heritage. This is a versatile ensemble presenting the rural roots of American music. Educational programs teach about early American music and its roots and incorporate VA SOL requirements, social context and history of the instruments, and can include a jug contest and/or a kazoo orchestra.