The Bumper Jacksons

20s Band from Washington, DC - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$800 - $8000 per event
About
Washington Area Music Award for 2013 & 2014's Best Traditional/Folk Group

The Bumper Jacksons are not your typical wedding band. "[They are] a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their trad jazz and pre-war country repertoire paint's America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Each show is rowdy and riotous, with the occasional hush of tenderness. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from a junkyard of forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style."

We have been touring everywhere east of the great Mississippi to perform in concert halls, festivals, rowdy clubs, outdoor stages, weddings and even backyard parties while loving every minute of it. Let us bring some of this joy to your event! We specialize in seamlessly shifting from quiet, elegant jazz ballads or Appalachian folk tunes into fun and upbeat numbers that will fill up the dance floor. Whether its a wedding ceremony or reception, or even a pig roast in the backyard, we know how to bring those important moments to life with music.

The musicians are:

Jess Eliot Myhre: vocals, washboard, clarinet, ukulele
Chris Ousley: vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele
Alex Lacquement: upright bass
Brian Priebe: trombone
Dan Samuels: drums, percussion
Dave Hadley: pedal steel/dobro

with our most frequent special guests:

Patrick McAvinue: violin/fiddle, vocals
Anna Roberts-Gevalt: vionlin/fiddle, vocals
Johnny Peppercraft: Bass, baritone, tenor, alto & soprano saxophones.
Vince McCool: trumpet

We do perform original music, but we have an enormous repertoire of tunes from the 1900's-1940's and we're always happy to take requests for your special event no matter the era. We have a great sound system available if you should need it for your event, which you can use for toasts, recorded playlists, announcements, etc. We are also happy to take over emcee duties as well. And, if you are hoping for a really unique dance experience, we regularly travel with one of the best square dance callers on the east coast who is amazingly great at getting EVERYONE out dancing. Perfect for rustic or rural themed weddings, and we transform into a pretty killer old time/bluegrass band for such moments, if I do say so myself. Its an experience not to be missed!

Thanks for reading our profile! Check out the cool pictures and music videos done by our in-house photographer/videographer as well as the photos from some of the events we've played across this beautiful country. Hope to be hearing from you soon!



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2014 Washington Area Music Awards "Best Folk/Traditional Album" Winner
2013 & 2014 Washington Area Music Awards "Best Folk/Traditional Group" Winner
2014 Independent Music Awards "Best Americana Album" Nominee
2012 Washington Area Music Awards "Best Folk/Traditional Group" Nominees

"Wildly inventive, eclectic and the most fun you can ever have at an old-fashioned dance party" - Jane Roser, That Music Mag in Philadelphia, PA

"The Bumper Jacksons straddle the breadth of old-time American folk musics. Swinging their way through country blues and New Orleans jazz with equal ease, the group recreates the sultry atmosphere of a smoke-filled speakeasy. Don't miss them!" - Zach Young, Offbeat Magazine & WWOZ in New Orleans

“There was a golden time before categories like 'blues,' 'country,' and 'jazz' meant anything to anyone listening to American music. Back then, music was just 'fun.' The Bumper Jacksons, amazingly, have figured out how to get us there again.” - Aaron Henkin, WYPR in Baltimore, MD

"Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, from street blues, to country swing, to roots jazz, the Bumper Jacksons' new album, Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In, places you at the center of a party where everyone is invited and the dance floor never sleeps! Whether you're swing dancing in your living room, two-steppin' in some old honky tonk, or dancin' in the streets, the Bumper Jacksons can certainly guarantee a good time!" - Devon Leger, Hearth Media in Portland, OR

"Und alle sind von einer Spiel- und Lebensfreude, dass man mit ihnen wohl auch akademisch verbildete Jazzfans zum Tanzen bringen kann. Sehr gut!" - Nathan Norgel, Wasser-Prawda in Germany

places we've played: The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Glen Echo Ballroom, The Creative Alliance, Historic Synagogue at 6th & I, Rock & Roll Hotel, Motorco Music Hall, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, The Willard Hotel, Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Uke Fest Virginia, Musikfest, Wills Mountain Festival, Watermelon Park Fest, Appalachian String Band Music Festival (aka Clifftop), countless radio stations/stages in bars/backyards/underground swing dance halls/weddings/bbqs, and the streets of New Orleans.
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
2014 - Top Oldies Band

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I cannot recommend this band enough. My wife and I hired them for our wedding reception. They were accessible, easy to work with during the planning, and very helpful. As for the performance, they absolutely killed it. All of our guests had a great time, and a month later, when they talk about the reception the first thing they say is how great the band was.

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The Bumper Jacksons really made our wedding day something special. They are incredibly talented, fun, and very easy to work with. All of our family members and friends raved about the band. They worked around what we wanted and fit in perfectly with the schedule and the venue. They even took a special request and played a version of Johnny Cash's "Rose of My Heart" for the processional! It was a detail that I will always hold very dear. Chris and Jess are just phenomenally talented musicians. You will not regret booking them.

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The Bumper Jacksons are amazing. They accommodated all our song requests, led a special Contra dance (which required significant patience as our guests were not the most coordinated dancers by the end of the night!) and throughout the entire evening everyone kept coming up to my husband and I to tell us how unique and well-done the music was. I would recommend the Bumper Jacksons to anyone - the only down side is that I wish I lived on the East coast so I could see them play again.

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The Bumper Jacksons were a hit at our wedding. Before and during the event they were very professional and easy to work with. I can recommend them without any qualifications.

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They were the perfect fit for our 1920's Roaring Speak Easy. The residents of our retirement community thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm sure we will use them again!

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One of the first things people said to me after our wedding was, "where did you find such a great band, and where can I see them play again?" The Bumper Jacksons were really integral to setting the mood and feel to every part of our wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception). They were incredibly accommodating, learning a number of songs for the ceremony, and even going so far as to practice a song with me (the groom) to sing to my bride during the reception. I would highly recommend this delightful group of incredibly talented and versatile musicians to anyone looking to have the most unique and talked about event you have planned to date.

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They were great to work with; easy to make adjustments. Overall, they were well-received by the group that came. Highly recommend them to anyone!

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Bumper Jacksons played our backyard wedding in June and it was such a great experience. The music was great and our guests loved them too. BJ were flexible (especially when our parents and wedding party decided to give their toasts an hour early)! Overall, they were great to work with and the music was a great addition to our event. We highly recommend them!

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We booked the Bumper Jacksons to play our ceremony, cocktail hour, and wedding reception - all parts done with equal skill and enthusiasm. They are incredibly talented and the guests loved them; everyone was dancing and entertained all night. They are a great alternative to a traditional wedding band - they play mostly their own music but they were game for our requests that ranged in genre from folk to jazz to oldies. An extra benefit for us was that they were very easy to book and work with as we planned our wedding. For the level of talent you're getting, they are an absolute steal and highly recommended.

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2016
Mar
12
Fundraiser
Arlington, VA
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2015
Aug
8
Anniversary Party
Richmond, VA
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2014
Nov
16
Wedding Reception
Key West, FL
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2014
Nov
9
Wedding Reception
Rockville, MD
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2014
Aug
23
Wedding
Pembroke, VA
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2014
Feb
23
Dinner Dance
Bel Air, MD
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2013
Oct
12
Wedding Reception
Pottstown, PA
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2013
Oct
6
Wedding
Baltimore, MD
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2013
Sep
21
Wedding
Owings Mills, MD
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2013
Jul
6
Wedding
Havre de Grace, MD
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2013
Jun
22
Wedding Reception
Saint Michaels, MD
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2013
May
4
Wedding Reception
Wilkes Barre, PA
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Square Dance/Contra Dance
 
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Bessie Smith
Abbeville
trad
After You've Gone
trad
Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of my Jelly Roll
Mamie Thompson
Ain't Misbehavin
Fats Waller
Ain't She Sweet
trad
All of Me
trad
Am I Blue
trad
At Last
Etta James
At Sundown
trad
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Jelly Roll Morton
Big Butter and Egg Man
Yamomanem Jass Band
Big Scioty
trad
Bill Bailey
trad
Black Eyed Susie
trad
Can't Give You Anything But Love
Louis Armstrong
China
trad
Cluck Old Hen
trad
Cocaine Habit Blues
Mississippi Sheiks
Confessin'
Django Reinhardt
Corrina Corrina
trad
Curse of an Aching Heart
Fats Waller
Darkness on the Delta
Billie Holiday
Darktown Strutters Ball
King Oliver's Original Dixieland Jass Band
Dinah
Louis Armstrong
Do you Know What it Means, to Miss New Orleans?
Dropkick Me Jesus
Dust off Your Brinm
original
Exactly Like You
trad
Fall on My Knees
trad
Farewell to Old Bedford
trad
Five Foot Two
trad
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
trad
Forked Deer
trad
Georgia On My Mind
Hoagy Carmichael
Give Me a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)
Bessie Smith
Goodnight Irene
trad
Greasy Coat
trad
He May Be Your Dog (But He's Wearing My Collar)
Rosa Henderson
Home
trad
Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
Hop High
trad
Hot Tamales
Robert Johnson
I Ain't Got Nobody
Mills Brothers
I'm Alone Because I Love You
trad
Idumea
trad
If You'se a Viper
Stuff Smith
Ja Da
trad
Jake Leg Blues
Mississippi Sheiks
Jambalaya
Hank Williams, Sr
Jubilee
trad
Just a Little While to Stay Here
trad
Kansas City Kitty
trad
Lady Be Good
Gershwin
Lina Blues
trad
Lonesome Road
trad
Lovesick Blues
Hank Williams, Sr
Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice, No Cocoanut Oil
Count Basie/trad
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Nina Simone
Rosetta
trad
Sail Away Ladies
trad
Say Darlin' Say
trad
Settin' the Woods on Fire
Hank Williams, Sr
Shake Hands, Tell Your Daddy Goodbye
Mississippi Sheiks
Shine
trad
Someday Sweetheart
trad
St James Infirmary
trad
St Louis Blues
Bessie Smith
Struttin' with Some Barbeque
Louis Armstrong
Sunny Porch in Georgia
original
That's My Gal
trad
The Dying Californian
trad
Tishomingo Blues
Wagoner's Lad
trad
What is a Home without Love
Louvin Brothers
You've Got to See Your Mama Every Night
Sophie Tucker
Brass Band
Bluegrass Band
Blues Band
Country Band
Dixieland Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Americana Band
Acoustic Band
20s Band
30s Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
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Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The Bumper Jacksons will also travel to Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Arlington, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Takoma Park, Adelphi Chillum, Cheverly, College Park, New Carrollton, Riverdale, Suitland, Alexandria, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, District Heights, Oxon Hill, Silver Spring, Temple Hills, Falls Church, Greenbelt, Lanham, Beltsville, Glen Echo, Kensington, Mc Lean, Southern Md Facility, Upper Marlboro.
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