Christmas Jug Band returns to The Palms

The Christmas Jug Band will return to The Palms on Sunday, Dec. 17, for a round of holiday hijinks. Mary Jennings/Courtesy photo

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The Christmas Jug Band — “the kings of 100 percent acoustic folk-skiffle-swing holiday high jinks” — will bring their off-beat holiday cheer to The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, Dec. 17. This annual dose of seasonal laughs will start at 7 p.m.

The Christmas Jug Band, which features an all-star lineup of Northern California musicians drawn from some of the region’s classic bands, performs original holiday numbers, parodies of unlikely classics (think “SANTA!” to the tune of “Gloria”) and raucous jugbandizations of seasonal favorites.

Together for 40 years, the Christmas Jug Band draws material from an array of sources ranging from holiday pop and jazz classics like “Winter Wonderland” and “Merry Christmas, Baby” to more off-beat tunes such as “Santa Lost a Ho,” “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’,” “Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit,” “I’m Dreaming of a Wet Christmas” and “Santa Don’t Do It,” a song campaigning that Santa not shave off his beard even though Mrs. Claus demands it.

An evening with the Christmas Jug Band is big-time fun in the form of woozy vocals accompanied by harmonicas, washboards, washtub basses, jugs, kazoos, accordions and scuffed-up guitars.

The current incarnation of the Christmas Jug Band includes Paul Rogers (of Those Darn Accordions), Tim Eschliman (Commander Cody Band, Etta James), Austin de Lone (Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe), Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Kinky Friedman), Gregory Leroy Dewey (Country Joe & The Fish), Blake Richardson (Bobby Hebb) and Turtle Vandermarr (Dan Hicks).

The Christmas Jug Band has six albums out on Globe Records, including their most recent “Jugology (Greatest Near Misses…),” the band’s first greatest hits collection. In addition to fan favorites like “Santa Lost A Ho” pulled from the Christmas Jug Band’s previous five albums, “Jugology” includes bonus tracks of previously unreleased material.

Tickets for the Christmas Jug Band’s Sunday, Dec. 17, show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $20 and available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online through The Palms’ website and at the door if not sold out.

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