Not Your Typical Jug Band
Before kicking off their second tour, the Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band finds a new sound, adding folk to their signature blend of rock and bluegrass.
By Carine Umuhumuza
On a snowy Monday night, the members of Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band hang out in an apartment a few blocks from the Syracuse University campus. Aaron Gittleman, 20, and Adam Cohen, 21, lounge on an orange futon by the window while Lucas Sacks and Dan DiPasquale, both 21, sit on an old ’70s-style couch. A quick sweep of the apartment that Gittleman, Sacks, and DiPasquale share proves two things: Musicians live here, and they’re boys. Guitar cases lean against one wall. To the left of the TV, more than 30 records fill four metal cases. Music festival posters are taped to another wall. Beer bottles line the top of the window ledge, each carefully placed like trophies on a mantelpiece. A blue Nintendo set sits in front of the TV, the attached cords leading to a crate of games under the coffee table.
The boys discuss their band name. “I made it up off the top of my head at an open mic,” says Cohen, the shaggy-haired and talkative guitarist. “I just pulled together some of my favorite silly words.”
“We tried to change it,” he adds.
“For like a day,” interjects Sacks for clarification. « Keep reading »