Bravo | June 20, 2019

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Ian Craig looked to his flock of chickens when he picked a name for his band. “We play a lot of American roots music and I have a flock of chickens and we have a jug player — you throw that all together and you get the Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band,” he said. “I live in the middle of Lincoln where you’re allowed to have a few chickens as long as you don’t have roosters. Actually, I have a back- yard filled with chickens.” Craig works with a rotating list of musicians. He promised to have a full band when the Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sonotorium at Harmon Park as part of the Con- certs in the Park series presented by Kearney Area Arts Council. Admission to the performance is free. “It’s really a floating group,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that play with the band. As far as going on the road with us, I’m trying to think who will all be at the show in Kearney. The number varies a lot. I’m not even 100 percent sure who will all be there for the show. Typically we have a banjo, drums and guitar. A lot of times we’ll have a tub bass, or a jug — or maybe both.” Sometimes a couple of perform- ers will show up on guitars along with horn players. “I think our sax player will be with us in Kearney,” Craig said. It’s all good. The Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band plays the kind of music that lends itself to “joining in.” “We don’t play anything too crazy-complex,” Craig said. “Sometimes we get into some old jazz standard stuff, but nothing really avant-garde or hard to follow. We play the kind of music that most musicians can fall right in line and join in with us pretty easily. That’s the point. We want to make it fun and accessible.” Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band puts the folk in folk music. “I think the communal aspect of it is great,” Craig said. “We play simpler music but it’s really about making music together. We do take solo breaks but it’s not show-offy kind of music. It’s all folk based.” Craig plays with other bands in the area but Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band lets him feed that side of his musical life that just wants to make music with friends, even though the style might reside slightly outside of traditional musical groups. “We do a lot of interesting gigs that we would never have gotten with a rock band or something like EMERSON PLACE is a community for individuals 62 years of age or older, and handicapped/disabled regardless of age. Knudson Management Co., Inc. 600 East 23rd Street Kearney NE 68847 308-237-3221 • TDD 711 EVERYTHING YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOF: • One-bedroom units • Handicapped accessible units • All utilities paid • Affordable rent • HUD assistance available • Social activities • Maintenance free PETS WELCOME HEARING LOSS CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND. (And not for the better) Dee Ann Higgins, M.A., CCC-A Adrienne Thomalla, M.S., CCC-A Cynthia Kugler, M.A., CCC-A Untreated hearing loss deprives the brain of important sound stimuli. This has been linked to irreversible brain deterioration. Keep your mind sharp. Ask about getting your hearing tested today! 615 West 39th St., Kearney • 308-865-2277 or 800-846-6404 2 DIVERSIONS KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 CONCERTS IN THE PARK Continued on page 8 Ian Craig, courtesy THE ROOT MARM Chicken Farm Jug Band features a revolving group of performers. “I think the communal aspect of it is great,” said Ian Craig, one of the founders of the group. “We play simpler music but it’s really about making music together.” The Lincoln based band comes to Kearney to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Harmon Park. Admission is free. 2112 Central Ave | Downtown on the Bricks (308) 455-1335 • Fun, Trendy Fashions for Women of All Ages. with fashions from Bow&Arrow! Showyour Revolving group of performers Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band plays Sunday at Harmon Park WHEN AND WHERE What : Root Marm Chick- en Farm Jug Band performs as part of Concerts in the Park presented by Kearney Area Arts Council When : 7 p.m. Sunday Where : Sonotorium at Harmon Park at 3020 Fifth Ave. Admission : Free Contact : www.kearney- Additional performances as part of Concerts in the Park: ■ July 7 — West Wind ■ July 14 — Blackberry Winter ■ July 21 — Raw Slang ■ July 28 — Blue Plate Special ■ Aug. 4 — The OK Sisters