w/ an after-party ft. Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE OR IN PERSON AT LOVIN’ CUP AND BERNUNZIO’S UPTOWN MUSIC!
Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews is proud to present “The Music of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (and other Jim Henson favorites)”!
Each year, an all-star lineup from several of Rochester’s favorite bands come together to pay homage to this beloved classic with an interactive performance of all its music along with audio and visual samples from the film. However, this year the gang will be stepping up their game to include other favorite Jim Henson songs too!
If you share our love of the magical world of Jim Henson and the wonderful music that came from it- or even if you’re a newcomer and just want to know why so many have come to adore it- we invite you to come see the show!
Featuring members of:
Maybird, The Moho Collective, The Younger Gang, The Niche, The Isotopes, Pleistocene, The Swooners, The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers, Roc City Pro Jam and more!
With two unique shows to choose from…
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12th – 8pm-12am
w/ THE RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS
This show will feature an after-party with The Ruckus Juice Jug-Stompers, playing all your favorite jug band music classics and originals all night long!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13th – 5:30-9:30pm
w/ THE WATERVILLE TALENT CONTEST & THE SWOONERS
A show geared towards families and children! This show will open up with our very own “Waterville Talent Contest”, featuring young performers who will be competing to raise money for a charity organization of their choice. The winner will be announced during the Emmet Otter performance, followed by a closing set of The Swooners playing all your holiday favorites and more.
BOTH SHOWS ARE ALL AGES/$10 ADVANCE/ $14 DAY OF SHOW
PRESALE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE (SEE THE LINKS ABOVE) OR AT LOVIN’ CUP AND OTHER SELECT LOCATIONS TBA
Kurt Johnson – vocals, guitar, pedal steel, dobro
Elliot Kirby – upright and electric bass
Leigh Kirby – lead vocals (Alice “Ma” Otter)
Willy O’Riley – vocals, piano
Katie Preston – vocals, accordion
Matt Ramerman – drums, washboard
Dan Walpole – mandolin, jug, wazoo, miscellaneous
Michelle Younger – banjo
Matt Guarnere – sound engineer
Mike Jayne – audio/visual effects
EVENT MANAGER: WATERVILLE TALENT CONTEST
Heather Whiting – for contest inquiries email: email@example.com
About “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas”…
In 1977, Muppet creator Jim Henson produced a one-hour television adaptation of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a storybook by Russell Hoban. The story tells of Emmet Otter and his Ma, a widow who scrapes by on the small amount of money she gets from doing laundry and from Emmet doing odd jobs around their hometown of Frogtown Hollow. As Christmas approaches, they hear of a talent contest in the nearby town of Waterville, and separately decide to enter so that if they win, they can afford to buy nice presents for each other—a nice guitar for Emmet, or a piano for Ma. However, in a twist on “The Gift of the Magi”, they must sacrifice each other’s livelihood for their performances (Ma hocks Emmet’s tools to buy dress fabric while Emmet turns Ma’s washtub into a washtub bass for a jug band). The film features several amazing songs written by songwriter Paul Williams, who’d previously worked with Jim Henson on The Muppet Show and would go on to write all the songs for The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Christmas Carol; however, many fans agree that the music of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas was the best work of his career.
Event Date: December 12, 2015
Show time: 8pm-12am
Ticket Price: $10 advance/ $14 day of show