RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS! - 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 Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers have been bringing their old-time, good-time jug band music to audiences in western New York since 2008. The band’s captivating, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time as Ruckus Juice blends musicianship, creativity and tradition as Ruckus Juice keeps the audience dancing, stomping, singing and kazooing along a “bottomless barrel of musical ear candy” in the words of one eloquent fan.
The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers are led by a three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition, and every performer in the band exudes a love of music. Juxtaposing homespun instruments (jug, washboard, and kazoos) with traditional string band instruments (banjo, guitar, doghouse bass, fiddle and the less-traditional banjolin), this is a band that knows how to entertain. Audience members have described the Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers as “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,” and “lots good-natured fun.” It’s not unusual for the unusual to happen at Ruckus Juice’s loose and free-spirited performances—you never know when they’ll bust out a wacky instrument or special guest musicians will hop up and raise a ruckus with them.