Concerts & Events

Saturday, January 30, 2016  ♦  8:00 PM

The Well-Tampered Kazoo

featuring Bones Jugs (formerly Bones, Jugs, and Harmony), The Deep Fried Pickle Project, Mr. Mayor and the Highballers, The Sanctified Grumblers, and Strictly Jug Nuts

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

  • The Well-Tampered Kazoo program concludes National Kazoo Week by honoring that humble instrument in a concert featuring past winners and runners-up at the Chicago Battle of the Jug Bands: Bones Jugs (formerly Bones, Jugs, and Harmony), The Deep Fried Pickle Project, Mr. Mayor and the Highballers, The Sanctified Grumblers, and Strictly Jug Nuts. While the kazoo will be given full (overdue) respect in these performances, the role of the kazoo will be limited, kept within the limits of decency and musical taste.

    The Well-Tampered Kazoo program will have audience participatory options, including a mass swearing into the National Society for the Kazoo.

    This program is the concluding activity in the formal establishment of National Kazoo Week, six days involving sing-alongs, jams, sing-arounds, and training workshops. In honor of this week, Jenny Urban, the Manager and Chef of the Old Town School Café, has created and will be serving “Kazoup". By the initiation of Tim Joyce, Manager Retail Operations, the Old Town School Music Store will have a Kazoo Blow Out Sale.

    Why honor the kazoo? The kazoo is an All-American, democratic folk instrument and deserves more recognition than it receives. While the kazoo is beloved throughout the nation, each year millions of these remarkable instruments are disrespected and discarded. Remarkable instruments? The kazoo includes the tones occurring between the in-between tones of the formal, chromatic scale. An All-American instrument? The kazoo was invented by Alabama Vest, an African-American from Macon, Georgia and made with the help of German-American clockmaker Thaddeus Von Clegg. Democratic? The kazoo is the classic democratic instrument: inexpensive, portable, and playable by all.

    “Ask not what your country kazoo for you, but what you can kazoo for your country.”


The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000