Jack Cloonan Band
Not many bluegrass pickers’ are bred in the south side of Chicago…but there is one. Jack Cloonan emerged from the Windy City fluent in guitar, mandolin, banjo….and any other instrument with strings that can make a crowd dance. There wasn’t much of a bluegrass scene in the depths of the south side so Jack packed up his 1977 "beater" Mustang that his dad gave him and headed west to Colorado. Along that journey, Cloonan took his midwest bluegrass influences and fused them with some up-beat and original, disco-esque jams. Jack Cloonan called his brain-child “Discograss” an up-beat, rock and disco infused style of bluegrass that he would later create a 4-piece band around. Cloonan made a name for himself along with his newly invented genre and was soon invited on stage by bluegrass legends such as Vince Herman, Andy Thorn, Adam Gruel, Marty Sammon and David Grisman to name a few. The Jack Cloonan Band packs a punch with guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboard and drums. Between Cloonan’s humor, engagement with the crowd, epic attire and of course some badass pickin’ – audiences always leave laughing and with their live-music tanks full!
“A fusion of festival-heavy genres, it’s one part jam-band, one part acoustic funk, and all parts upbeat party.” (DGO Magazine)
Bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, donkey jawbone, all sorts of noise makers… these are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs use to conjure up their eclectic acoustic sound. The group began in December 2012 with the vision of being a pop-up party on street corners, at farmers markets, in living rooms (and kitchens!), or even amplified in a club. A jug band of sorts, with four synchronized one-man-bands woven together in a tapestry of delight. And the cherry on top? High speed virtuosic xylophoning. They began learning 1920's xylophone rags and arranging classic (and not-so-classic) Americana songs. After a few public appearances it became clear that the group was too fun to be a side project. Listeners wanted to dance, sing, and laugh along as long as the tunes kept coming. The band could not resist, so they began investing in the ensemble as a full time gig. Now, three years into the project, they've logged over 300 shows and continue to aggressively tour in support of their debut album Party's in the Kitchen. Based out of the thriving Midwest music scene, Bones Jugs continues to bring their party from town to town.