MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A unique group of musicians will gather on Sunday in Minneapolis for the 30th annual Battle of the Jug Bands.

Rob Davies plays the jug for the Roe Family Singers. They’ve been together for several years and have taken the title of “America’s Great Best Jug Band” once, but lost last year.

“I’m a recovering trombone player,” said Davis. “We’ve been playing together every Monday night at the 331 Club for six years now.”

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The band has a total of nine members and they’re all gearing up for this weekend’s big event.

Davis said Minnesota has a long tradition of folksy and Mississippi Bluegrass style of music. He said that’s reflective in the number of bands that registered in this year’s battle.

“There’s literally 30 to 40 jug bands that applied to get into the jug band battle this year,” said Davis.

As many as 20 bands in the “Waffle Iron League” will play on Sunday. Groups are competing for a 1937 Waffle Iron with names of past champions engraved on it.

“It’s the Stanley Cup of Waffle Irons,” said Davis.

It’s a good time and it’s for a good cause. The competition is a fundraiser for the Cedar and West Bank School of Music.

The big show starts on Sunday at Cabooze on 917 Cedar Ave. South in Minneapolis. Bands will compete from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and there is a $5 cover at the door.

Comments (2)
  1. Minneapokis BOTJB says:

    There’s a few things that you didn’t get quite right.
    The Battle is a two-day event, so it doesn’t start on Sunday, it starts on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 at the Nomad World Pub, 5th and Cedar on the West Bank. It continues at the Cabooze on Sunday, February 12 at 1:00 as you correctly noted.
    Second, although members of the Roe Family Singers may like to call it that, the title of “America’s Great Best Jug Band” is not an official title, “2010 Battle of the Jug Band Champions-Waffle League” is the title.
    Finally the proceeds from the battle will be donated as you noted, to the West Bank School of Music and also to the Cedar Cultural Center, which is the full name of that organization, least it be confused with anything else called the Cedar, such as The Cedar Tavern, The Cedar Valley Watershed Project, or The Village of Cedar,MN.

  2. Minneaolis BOTJB says:

    Whoops! Speaking of getting things not quite right we are the Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands, not the Minneapokis BOTJB.
    Our web site is here:

    Minneapolis BOTJB