Saturday, January 19, 2008

From The Chicagoist

--In the mid-sixties, the obsession with folk music among young white musicians started to take some weird turns. What we got were bands like The Lovin' Spoonful and Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (better known under their eventual name, the Grateful Dead). It was the jugband music recorded in the early decades of the phonograph that really lit the spark for these psychedelic folkies, and the new documentary Chasin' Gus Ghost chronicles this peculiar genre. In addition to priceless archival footage the movie features interviews with John Sebastian of the Spoonful, Bob Weir, Geoff Muldaur and tons of concert footage. Best of all, there's a free screening on Sunday, January 27 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. It's at 2 pm; afterwards there'll be a "jug jam" until 6.