Boothbay Harbor Opera House: Bumper Jacksons
Hard to categorize and hard to forget once you’ve heard them, the Bumper Jacksons will bring their roots jazz, country swing and street blues to the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Thursday, July 19.
Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes to the heart. Country swing, old-time blues, brassed-up bluegrass - these high-spirit wonders do and love it all. Powerhouse vocals are flanked by a dexterous pedal steel and horn section, all supported by dynamic drums and bass.
The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy seven-piece, with horns and pedal steel. They've been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring their audiences into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
The group will bring Jess Eliot Myhre on clarinet and vocals, Chris Ousley will being his deep pocket jazz and graceful Kentucky banjo style, Alex Lacuement on upright bass and vocals, Dan Samuels on drums and percussion, Dave “Duckpin” Hadley on pedal steel and Joseph Brotherton on trumpet and vocals. Brotherton has shared the stage with Dr. John and Aaron Neville among others.
For more on the band, visit www.bumperjacksons.com.
Advance discount tickets, $17 are available only through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave., or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $22 and available online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 concert.