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My washtub-bass-playin' world debut

Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

J.R. Jenks plays Dr. Donald R. Kanner's washtub bass at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night

I had the best time with the Windy City Jammers at banjo night at the Lincoln Restaurant in Chicago. My humble banjo-playin' skills aren't even close to cutting it yet, but as it turns out I'm a natural at the washtub bass.

More on that washtub bass when I get the time. For now, enjoy some pictures.

Dr. Donald R. Kanner plays his washtub bass at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night Richard croons at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night J.R. Jenks plays Dr. Donald R. Kanner's washtub bass at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night J.R. Jenks plays Dr. Donald R. Kanner's washtub bass at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night J.R. Jenks plays Dr. Donald R. Kanner's washtub bass at the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night

Update: This post just isn't complete without some praise for the wonderful group of musicians that perform every Monday night at the Lincoln. (They drift in between 6:30pm and 7:00pm [or later] then play 'til 10:00pm.) From pros to gifted amateurs to amateurs to, er, me -- everyone is welcome.

It's billed as "banjo night" but the Windy City Jammers are an entire band. I'm told that you never know what instruments are going to show up. This week it was:

  • Three plectrum banjos (four-string)
  • Tenor banjo (four-string)
  • Washtub bass
  • Electric sax
  • Washboard
  • Jaw harp
  • Two mandolins
  • Three violins
  • Accordion
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Five-string banjo (that's

    1 comment on “My washtub-bass-playin' world debut”

    brawny1 Says:
    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 @8:44:21 PM

    I say mute the fifth string and strum it like you mean it! Easy to fool them 4 stringers I'm sure! Wish i'd been there Brian

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