Story last updated at 4/11/2012 - 11:35 am
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is described as a frolicking group who brightens up the stage with rib-tickling old time tunes.
Consisting of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lester Armistead, banjoist and scrubber Leroy Troy, bassist Ernie Sykes, fiddler Shadrach Cobb, dobroist Mike Webb and guitarist Mike Armistead, the group hails from Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Members of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band not only know the music, they wear the costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that are said to throw a cable TV-numbed audience into hysterics.
The band has a CD called "Barnyard Frolic," and they can also be heard on the soundtrack of the film "Yellowbird." They provided the entertainment for the society wedding of Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, and they played a New Year's Eve at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and nearly brought the house down. They perform concerts all over the south, and at bluegrass festivals far and wide. They've been on the Grand Ole Opry stage more than a dozen times, and in spite of their wild antics, they keep getting invited back.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Sunday on the main stage at Centennial Hall. Band members will also host workshops over the weekend. Check on the workshop schedule online at www.akfolkfest.org or in print in the Alaska Folk Festival program.