Creekers Jamboree music festival comes to the Gowanus

Creekers Jamboree, Roots and Americana music, beginning Saturday, June 16

Creekers Jamboree music festival comes to the Gowanus


The Gowanus Dredgers present Creekers Jamboree, celebrating Roots and Americana music, beginning Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm, and continuing on the third Saturday of every month this Summer!

Hello Bittersweet with Rose Thomas Bannister & The Filthy Unbelievers start the 2018 festival with funtastic musical performances in the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse at 2nd Place on the canal. In the mid 1800s, a Creeker & a Pointer were terms used for rival gangs of the Roosters, a band of thugs that frequented South Brooklyn and Gowanus.  This season, the Gowanus Dredgers are reconnecting Gowanus regulars and visitors with the Canal by offering free canoe voyages starting at 1pm and ending at 5pm every Saturday. Stick around for some hootin' good times as the sun sets on each of the Jamboree Saturdays.


Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm


Hello Bittersweet

Rapscallions Robin Aigner and Michael Brownell steal pages from the American songbook in this duo rich with harmonies and mystery. Armed with an upright bass that may or may not have been pilfered from Grant's tomb, and scandalously sweet voices that may or may not have flowed directly from the tide of the Great Molasses Disaster, Hello Bittersweet delights with songs of longing, mischieving, baiting and switching.


Rose Thomas Bannister & The Filthy Unbelievers

Rose Thomas Bannister is a songwriter and guitarist based in Brooklyn, where she settled a few years ago after a 63 date DIY tour of the whole United States. Prior to her move east, Bannister founded the Clawfoot House venue in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has continued to curate folk and experimental music concerts during three seasons of her Mayflower series. Besides leading her band, The Filthy Unbelievers, Bannister has also played organ at R.I.O. with Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores, produced a Concetta Abbate record, booked tours for Bunnybrains and Dino Felipe, harmonized with Debby Schwartz and Franklin Bruno, and improvised with Heavy Laundry. She released a simmering underground freak folk album called The Sewing Room in 2012, with more releases on the horizon, including a song cycle based on Macbeth. (Formerly known as Ember Schrag, she legally changed her name in 2016.) New York Music Daily describes Bannister as “a nimble guitarist, a gripping storyteller, clever lyricist and a strong, dynamic singer with a direct, clear, matter-of-fact voice” and as “one of the most individualistic and interesting songwriters in any style of music.”


Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm

Creekers Jamboree continues in July with The Chittlin Cookers performing along with The Ever-Lovin' Jug Band on a hot summer night as part of our 2018 festival with funtastic musical performances in the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, donations encouraged.




THE CHITTLIN COOKERS serve up a rich gumbo of old-time country breakdowns, down-home blues, rags and hokum favorites. Their repertoire comes from scratchy old 78-rpm records from the 1920s and '30s and they perform these gems of a bygone era with all the fiery vitality of a sweaty Juke Joint on a Saturday night. As a band from the Big Apple, The Chittlin Cookers’ unique renditions of these classic music forms feature hot, tasty licks with the pulsating rhythm of the subway rumbling beneath the City's streets. The band features the harmonica, uke and bass singing of TRIP HENDERSON, the pickin’ and singin’ of ERNIE VEGA on mandolin and guitar, and boy wonder JACKSON LYNCH on vocals, banjo, fiddle and guitar.




THE EVER-LOVIN' JUG BAND writes and plays original music, influenced by the jug bands and string bands of the 1920s-30s.  Plus they play a lot of that good old music, too: the Memphis Jug Band, Mississippi Sheiks, Hackberry Ramblers, East Texas Serenaders, and more..

They are a duo, featuring Bill Howard on guitar/singing/jug, and Minnie Heart on banjolin/fiddle/foot-bass/kazoo/singing.


Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm

Creekers Jamboree closes out the summer with Piedmont Blūz & Pointers Revenge in the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, donations encouraged.




The Piedmont Blūz

The Piedmont Blūz acoustic duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go and they feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.


The Gowanus Canal Boathouse is located at 165 2nd Street at the end of the block adjacent to the canal.



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