CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
P.O. Box 97 - 14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
Traci Cimini - 410-326-2042 x62
August 30, 2016
For Immediate Release - Also include in community calendars
THE BUMPER JACKSONS ROLL INTO SOLOMONS WITH A ONE-OF-A-KIND
AMERICANA ROOTS SOUND ON SEPTEMBER 30
Bumper Jacksons, the 2015 Washington Area Music Award winners for Artist of the Year bring their musical chops, foot-stomping energy, and devilish sense of humor to the Calvert Marine Museum for the third time on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door (cash or check only) and are available at www.bit.ly//MaritimeConcerts. Beer and wine are available for sale.
With a scrappy, earthy sound folding together influences from early blues, New Orleans jazz, country swing and more, the Bumper Jacksons have brought an infectious party energy to dance floors across America. With multiple Washington Area Music Awards and two albums under their belts, this playfully creative band is showing no signs of slowing down.
In addition to the evening performance, the two founding members of the group will offer a Bumper Jacksons Workshop. Participants can experiment with handmade instruments, learn how early American country music was shaped by technology, discuss how the introduction of recording and radio changed musical styles, and get a two-step lesson. No prior experience required. The workshop is in the museum’s Harms Gallery from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Space is limited. The performance and workshop are sponsored in part by the Maryland State Arts Council Maryland Touring Grant and the Holiday Inn Solomons.
The core of the Bumper Jacksons consists of frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre on clarinet, vocals, and a washboard she built herself, alongside Chris Ousley on guitar and vocals. Together, this dynamic duo collects, arranges, and composes songs that seamlessly weave the high lonesome echoes of old rural America into the galvanizing sounds of the cities and artists that have defined American jazz, blues and swing. The rest of the band includes Alex Lacquement on upright bass, Dave Hadley on pedal steel, Brian Priebe on trombone, and Dan Samuels on percussion.
While a Bumper Jacksons show is always unpredictable, their sets in Solomons will no doubt include selections from their most recent album, Too Big World. With its 16 expertly curated tracks, Too Big World is a breathtaking balancing act by performers at the top of their game. Traditional jazz, bluegrass, and gospel tunes made famous by artists like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are natural complements to an assortment of Jess and Chris’s originals, including the tongue-in-cheek “Coffee Mama” and the heartwrenching nostalgia of “Adventure Story.” As the Bumper Jacksons continue to evolve and explore the frontiers and histories of the nation’s dance music traditions, they are poised to bring their music—rich, raw, and true—to the rest of America.
To support the Maritime Performance Series, Eastman Handcrafted Guitars & Mandolins has donated a beautiful rosewood and mahogany acoustic guitar and hard case, valued at $700, to be raffled. Tickets are available at all concerts, during our First Free Friday events, and in the Museum Store. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Drawing will take place at the last Maritime Performance concert on Friday, March 17, 2017.
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The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Honored as the region's 2015 "Artist of the Year" and "Best Folk Band" from 2013-2015 at the Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.