JACK and KITTY play…

ORGANIC

All natural. Acoustic, earthy music grown without chemicals or pesticides.

VAUDEVILLE

A type of entertainment popular chiefly in the US from 1890 through 1930, featuring a mixture of music and comedy.

JUG BAND

A group of jazz, blues, or folk musicians using simple, homemade instruments such as jugs and washboards. Popular during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

FOLK

Relating to the traditional arts and culture of a community or nation. In this case: American and Jamaican music of the 1920s and 1930s.

FOR ALL AGES

Inclusive of all generations. Music that can be enjoyed by ages 1 to 101.


A new video from Jack and Kitty, joined by special guests The Big Dixie Swingers (of New Orleans, Louisiana). Filmed live at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis, “Jug Band Blues” is based on the 1934 recording of “Jug Band Quartette” by The Memphis Jug Band…


SQHV6260Jack and Kitty are high school sweethearts that play Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk for All Ages. They are an Emmy Award winning musical duo that also makes critically acclaimed films and television. Based in Minnesota, they love to perform concerts nationwide and play a variety of folk instruments including: banjo, guitar, ukulele, washboard, jug, kazoo, harmonica, whizbang, rumba box and much more. The Minneapolis Star Tribune hailed them as “one of the most entertaining groups in the midwest!”

Kitty_RumbaBox_3 copyKitty’s uncle is Bunny Wailer – you know, of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame? So music is literally in her blood. She grew up in Jamaica listening to a healthy blend of reggae, rap and R&B. At a young age, Jack discovered his vaudevillian great grandfather’s phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to cats like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim (“Tip Toe Thru The Tulips”) moved next door to the Norton household and somehow became Jack’s babysitter. Seriously.

That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty’s artistic approach. It’s organic and acoustic with nothing but positive vibes: laid-back music steeped in 1920s traditions (American jug band and Jamaican mento) with one foot firmly in the future. One reviewer described the duo as “Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé.”