Young and Old Compete in the 16th Annual Battle of the Jug Bands

By KBJR News 1

May 27, 2012 Updated May 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter) The sound of Jug Band music filled the Amazing Grace Café in the DeWitt Seitz building today.

The sixteenth annual Battle of The Jug Bands brought in an audience of both young and old to hear the old fashion tunes.

Five bands were on the ticket....competing for the Yid-wegian Krumkake Iron.

Jug Battle organizers say they hope the competition teaches people more about the history of jug music and traditions.

"Jug band really...there was so little money around that people would find other things to play", said Battle of The Jug Bands creator Elliot Silberman. "Such as jugs, grates, things out of your oven, spoons, and the wonderful thing about it is that people look and see what's being played. What kind of music is coming out of almost nothing."

"I'm bringing in so many good musicians it's blowing my mind. I can never tell if it's going to be packed or just like five random people here getting sandwiches", said newly appointed Music Director Mary Bue. "So something like this that's been building and building over years is really....it's gratifying to see."

Organizors say they were thrilled with the amount of young people who turned out to compete in this year's battle.

Posted by Shawn Frost.