SOUR MASH HUG BAND
Virtuosic violin meets 1920s style swing, hot jazz,and Yiddish song. The Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Featuring original compositions reminiscent of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and Danny Elfman, plus a trove of dusty tunes gleaned from old 78s, the Sour Mash will take you on a journey into musical history like no other! Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s… who knows where the next song will take you.
Led by violinist and bandleader, Mickey Bixby, the band has crisscrossed the country via bike, bus, freight train, and broken down van playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and farther afield to Transylvania, Paris and Krakow, and finally to New Orleans which became their home away from home. Highlights have included performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Northwest Folklife, the Disney Museum, Millenaris in Budapest, and Lightning in a Bottle.
«An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime.» –The San Francisco Chronicle
«Folk Music in the most beautiful sense. They draw from a wide variety of sources, play songs and tunes on an unpredictable lineup of instruments, and make the music their own.» –Robert Blake, Subdued String Band Festival Program
“A true treasure of the Bay Area, that has toes tapping and people dancing for miles around.”—San Francisco Bay Times