2016 Season

KC Moaners

Jug band music originated in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1890's, when groups formed making music on common household items like washboards, washtubs & jugs. Heavily influenced by Ragtime and early jazz , these bands created a rhythmic, rough, rollicking sound that was perfect for street performance, and entertaining crowds at the the Kentucky Derby ... As the sound caught on, jug bands traveled on the riverboats up and down the Mississippi, from Louisville to New Orleans .. Memphis, Tennessee, a major hub, was where jug bands had their heyday .. The Memphis's Beale Street district in the early 1900's became a mecca for blues musicians and the perfect place for jug band music to take hold.. Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Memphis Jug band, Mississippi Sheiks, to name a few...

We, the K.C. Moaners, try to stay as close to this traditional sound and energy as we are able, honoring the time, place & people who created it...

--Jim Chapin


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Visit their website at http://www.reverbnation.com/kcmoaners

DexterFiddles was on display at BankRI on Pitman Street from June 15-30. The exhibition included handcrafted sign, Fiddle #37 in a Dexter crafted mahogony stand, handmade wooden musical spoons, and lots of business cards. The bank honors some of their business clients in this very personal way. Thanks BankRI!
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 2017, PVDFest all day
Providence Public Library, Downtown.
Downtown Providence--art, music and dance on 15 stages. Opening March of vendors and performers through the streets of downtown.
KC Moaners Performance: 1:30-2:00pm
A great free all-day festival with outstanding entertainment, filling ALL of downtown Providence with art and music and dance on 15 stages. Opening March through the streets, performances and vendors throughout downtown.
(Sponsored in part by Alex and Ani, Providence Tourism Council, and ProvPort.)
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12-2pm. Private Performance.
KC Moaners
Berkshire Place
455 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3-6pm.
KC Moaners
Private Wedding at Colt State Park, Bristol, RI
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 2pm
KC Moaners
Berkshire Place
455 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:30pm. FREE.
Dexter Park Picnic / West Side Thursday Artists
KC Moaners Picnic Performance
Dexter Park, corner of Parade and Hollywood Streets, close to the playground.
Farmer's Market and food trucks.
Providence, RI 02904
Several musical groups at park and playground. Farmer’s Market, food trucks.
(Sponsored by the West Bay Neighborhood Association (WBNA) and RISCA (Rhode Island State Council for the Arts).
Friday, August 18, 2017, 6-8pm
KC Moaners Play a Pool Party
The Regency Plaza, Downtown Providence
Saturday, August 26, 2017. 12am-4pm. Free.
Old-Time Music Picnic, Hosted by the South County Jammers.
Featuring KC Moaners Jug Band, South County Jammers, and more.
Bring your own food, drinks, chairs and instruments. Museum open, facilities and picnic tables available.
Location: South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett, RI
(Sponsored in part by the South County Museum and the South County Tourism Council.)
Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11am-1pm
KC Moaners
Java Madness Deck
Wakefield, RI
Saturday, September 16, 2017 all day. FREE.
7th Annual Fiddle 'n' Folk Festival
Haines Memorial State Park, off the bike path in Barrington (RI)
Music, Storytelling, crafts vendors, food trucks, facilities and BBQ fireplaces.
DexterFiddles Vendor Booth all day.
KC Moaners performance TBD
"The Festival wouldn't be the Festival without Dexter Fiddles!," John Wood, Organizer.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6-9pm. FREE.
KC Moaners
Fox Point Community Harvest Party
Garden Produce pot luck dinner, community benefit raffle, music, dancing, fellowship
(Sponsored in part by the Fox Point Community Gardens and the Portuguese-American Social Club)
Directions: From downtown Providence, take Wickenden Street East, first left onto Benefit Street, first right onto Sheldon Street. Portuguese-American Social Club, 35 Sheldon Street, Providence, RI 02906 (No parking in the driveway, please.) Street parking and at Adler’s.
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7pm-9:30pm. $15, or what you can.
The KC Moaners: A Jug Band
Location: Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067
Directions: Rte. 95N to x8. Turn right at end of ramp. The Unitarian Church of Sharon is on your left at the third full set of traffic lights. Some on-street parking and in church lot; additional parking available across the street at Eastern Bank.
For more information, www.notjustanothercoffeehouse.org
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30pm
KC Moaners double bill with Martin Grosswendt, Guitar and Susanne Salem-Schatz.
Stone Church Coffee House
Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Sunday, October 15 at 2-3pm, main Providence Public Library, downtown Providence.
KC Moaners Open PPL’s Sunday Family Programs. Free, with Kazoos for all!

First Time String Band
2015-2016 Season

First Time String Band

Left to Right: Sally Rogers, Guitar; Howie Bursen, Banjo; Deck Nieforth, Harmonica, Feet, Spoons; Jeff Davis, Fiddle (A DexterFiddle)

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8-11pm, Beginners at 7:45pm
First Time String Band
Mystic Contra Dance
Caller: Elwood Donnelly
Pie: TBA
The French Connection
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