The Bumper Jacksons are not your typical wedding band. "[They are] a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their trad jazz and pre-war country repertoire paint's America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Each show is rowdy and riotous, with the occasional hush of tenderness. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from a junkyard of forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style."
We have been touring everywhere east of the great Mississippi to perform in concert halls, festivals, rowdy clubs, outdoor stages, weddings and even backyard parties while loving every minute of it. Let us bring some of this joy to your event! We specialize in seamlessly shifting from quiet, elegant jazz ballads or Appalachian folk tunes into fun and upbeat dance tunes that will fill up the dance floor. Whether its a wedding ceremony or reception, or even a pig roast in the backyard, we know how to bring those important moments to life with music.
Matt Levine: lap steel, guitar, dobro, banjo
Alex Lacquement: upright bass
Brian Priebe: trombone
Dan Cohen: drums, percussion
Sarah Foard: violin/fiddle, vocals
Johnny Peppercraft: Bass, baritone, tenor, alto & soprano saxophones.
We do perform original music, but we have an enormous repertoire of tunes from the 1900's-1940's and we're always happy to take requests for your special event no matter the era. We have a great sound system available if you should need it for your event, which you can use for toasts, recorded playlists, announcements, etc. We are also happy to take over emcee duties as well. And, if you are hoping for a really unique dance experience, we regularly travel with one of the best square dance callers on the east coast who is amazingly great at getting EVERYONE out dancing. Perfect for rustic or rural themed weddings, and we transform into a pretty killer old time/bluegrass band for such moments, if I do say so myself. Its an experience not to be missed!
Thanks for reading our profile! Check out the cool pictures and music videos done by our in-house photographer/videographer as well as the photos from some of the events we've played across this beautiful country. Hope to be hearing from you soon!
2012 Washington Area Music Awards "Best Folk/Traditional Group" Nominees
"The Bumper Jacksons straddle the breadth of old-time American folk musics. Swinging their way through country blues and New Orleans jazz with equal ease, the group recreates the sultry atmosphere of a smoke-filled speakeasy. Don't miss them!" - Zach Young, Offbeat Magazine & WWOZ in New Orleans
"Rough and tumble country meets street jazz" - Baynard Woods, Baltimore City Paper
places we've played: The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Glen Echo Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Motorco Music Hall, The Willard Hotel, Uke Fest Virginia, Musikfest, Wills Mountain Festival, Watermelon Park Fest, Appalachian String Band Music Festival (aka Clifftop), countless radio stations/stages in bars/backyards/underground swing dance halls/weddings/bbqs, and the streets of New Orleans.
New Year's Eve Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
A Good Man is Hard to FindBessie Smith
After You've Gonetrad
Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of my Jelly RollMamie Thompson
Ain't MisbehavinFats Waller
Ain't She Sweettrad
All of Metrad
Am I Bluetrad
At LastEtta James
Baby Won't You Please Come HomeJelly Roll Morton
Big Butter and Egg ManYamomanem Jass Band
Bill Bailey trad
Black Eyed Susietrad
Can't Give You Anything But LoveLouis Armstrong
Cluck Old Hentrad
Cocaine Habit BluesMississippi Sheiks
Curse of an Aching HeartFats Waller
Darkness on the DeltaBillie Holiday
Darktown Strutters BallKing Oliver's Original Dixieland Jass Band
Do you Know What it Means, to Miss New Orleans?
Dropkick Me Jesus
Dust off Your Brinmoriginal
Exactly Like Youtrad
Fall on My Kneestrad
Farewell to Old Bedfordtrad
Five Foot Twotrad
Fly Around My Pretty Little Misstrad
Georgia On My MindHoagy Carmichael
Give Me a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)Bessie Smith
He May Be Your Dog (But He's Wearing My Collar)Rosa Henderson
Honeysuckle RoseFats Waller
Hop High trad
Hot TamalesRobert Johnson
I Ain't Got NobodyMills Brothers
I'm Alone Because I Love Youtrad
If You'se a ViperStuff Smith
Jake Leg BluesMississippi Sheiks
Jambalaya Hank Williams, Sr
Just a Little While to Stay Heretrad
Kansas City Kittytrad
Lady Be GoodGershwin
Lovesick BluesHank Williams, Sr
Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice, No Cocoanut OilCount Basie/trad
My Baby Just Cares For MeNina Simone
Sail Away Ladiestrad
Say Darlin' Saytrad
Settin' the Woods on FireHank Williams, Sr
Shake Hands, Tell Your Daddy GoodbyeMississippi Sheiks
St James Infirmarytrad
St Louis BluesBessie Smith
Struttin' with Some BarbequeLouis Armstrong
Sunny Porch in Georgiaoriginal
That's My Galtrad
The Dying Californiantrad
What is a Home without LoveLouvin Brothers
You've Got to See Your Mama Every NightSophie Tucker
Bessie Smith, Roscoe Holcomb, Sligo Creek Stompers, Hank Williams Sr, Sydney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Sam Chatmon, Mississippi Sheiks, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, New Orleans, Skip James, Skillet Lickers, Ralph Stanley
Wedding Reception in Wilkes Barre, PA on 05/04/2013
"The Bumper Jacksons really made our wedding day something special. They are incredibly talented, fun, and very easy to work with. All of our family members and friends raved about the band. They worked around what we wanted and fit in perfectly with the schedule and the venue. They even took a special request and played a version of Johnny Cash's "Rose of My Heart" for the processional! It was a detail that I will always hold very dear. Chris and Jess are just phenomenally talented musicians. You will not regret booking them. "
- Deidre W.
Wedding in Washington, DC on 08/11/2012
"The Bumper Jacksons were a hit at our wedding. Before and during the event they were very professional and easy to work with. I can recommend them without any qualifications."
- Christopher B.
Celebration in Harrisonburg, VA on 02/28/2013
"They were the perfect fit for our 1920's Roaring Speak Easy. The residents of our retirement community thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm sure we will use them again!"
- Tammy S.
Wedding Reception in Pottstown, PA on 10/12/2013
"I cannot recommend this band enough. My wife and I hired them for our wedding reception. They were accessible, easy to work with during the planning, and very helpful. As for the performance, they absolutely killed it. All of our guests had a great time, and a month later, when they talk about the reception the first thing they say is how great the band was."
- Justin M.
Wedding in Baltimore, MD on 10/06/2013
"The Bumper Jacksons are amazing. They accommodated all our song requests, led a special Contra dance (which required significant patience as our guests were not the most coordinated dancers by the end of the night!) and throughout the entire evening everyone kept coming up to my husband and I to tell us how unique and well-done the music was. I would recommend the Bumper Jacksons to anyone - the only down side is that I wish I lived on the East coast so I could see them play again."
- Heather D.
Wedding in Owings Mills, MD on 09/21/2013
"One of the first things people said to me after our wedding was, "where did you find such a great band, and where can I see them play again?" The Bumper Jacksons were really integral to setting the mood and feel to every part of our wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception). They were incredibly accommodating, learning a number of songs for the ceremony, and even going so far as to practice a song with me (the groom) to sing to my bride during the reception. I would highly recommend this delightful group of incredibly talented and versatile musicians to anyone looking to have the most unique and talked about event you have planned to date."
- Katie V.
Wedding Reception in Saint Michaels, MD on 06/22/2013
"Bumper Jacksons played our backyard wedding in June and it was such a great experience. The music was great and our guests loved them too. BJ were flexible (especially when our parents and wedding party decided to give their toasts an hour early)! Overall, they were great to work with and the music was a great addition to our event. We highly recommend them!"
In addition to Baltimore, The Bumper Jacksons will also travel to Glen Burnie, Linthicum Heights, Riderwood, Towson, Brooklandville, Elkridge, Hanover, Chase, Ellicott City, Fort Howard, Garrison, Harmans, Lutherville Timonium, Stevenson, Glen Arm, Pasadena, Perry Hall, Randallstown, Severn, Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Columbia, Long Green, White Marsh, Fort George G Meade, Jessup, Millersville, Owings Mills, Woodstock, Annapolis Junction, Phoenix
and many other locations in and around the Baltimore area.
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