Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Bloody Jug band was a rip roaring good time.

The Bloody Jug Band performed at the outdoor stage at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. I've wanted to catch a performance by them for quite some time. I usually go to the venue they will be performing at, and end up sketching an earlier act. They usually perform past my bed time. Their music draws inspiration from historic JUG bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, they carved out its own niche in a genre of music that has never seen such a bloody incarnation.

Members of the band include,  Cragmire Peace on Vocals and Scratch, Stormy Jean on Vocals and Untimely Percussion, Brian Shredder on Acoustic Guitar and Mandolin, Steevil on Electric Guitar and Banjo, Bloody Rick Lane on Harmonica, Seth Funky on Washtub and Uke Bass, Big Daddy Jerm on JUG and Percussion, and Baby Dingo on Cajon and Spoons. As you can see this is a small bloody army of talent. When I sat down to sketch, Jessie Sander who is a dancer for Drip dance leaned over to say hi. Her boyfriend was center stage banging on a wooden box as percussion. One song loosely based on Johnny Cash's Boy Named Sue had everyone up and dancing revival style. Of course Jessie and her friends couldn't resist the urge to dance.

The sheer voracity of the music kept my lines dancing. I didn't have to think or analyze what I did, I just let the tidal wave carry me along. I kind of wish I could listen to their music every time I sketched, to amp up my nerves to go with the flow.  If you ever see The Bloody Jug Band performing, be sure to go, you will have a great time. Someone took several photos of this sketch in progress and on Facebook, band members debated why a few performers couldn't be seen. I know that the lead singer blocked my view of a performed in the back corner of the stage, although I put a faint squiggle down to indicate that he wore a bowler hat. The drummer is also just a loose indication behind everyone else center stage.

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