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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Man Played Jaw Harp Through a Chinese Megaphone at a Trailhead

posted by on September 23 at 14:19 PM


The Dexter Street Stompers Jug Band played a Nature Consortium work party at a West Seattle trailhead this past Saturday. It was raining. Five people were working. The band performed under a blue tent. The Goodyear Blimp was not hovering above. The workers dug, raked, clipped, and bagged to the jug band’s jangling musical bounty.

As jug bands and work parties go, these workers were absolutely frikking rocked. The dirt and wet leaves were rocked as well. Band leader Levi Fuller attempted a split and said a cuss word because his groin had not been properly stretched for a split. It was during the song “Baby Jump”. Fuller apologized, then went back into the song. One of the workers got a blister on their left hand at the base of the thumb. She said a cuss word and apologized as well.

The Dexter Street jug player and washboard player are both in a band called Beaver Deceivers that has done some things with the consortium before. Dexter Street played the Arts in Nature Festival a few weeks ago and soon after, the trailhead work party show was set up. A paying gig.

It was muddy and the band played for a full hour. One highlight was their rendition of Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. The band played their first two songs again at the end to pad the set.


Jaw harpist Casey Coulombe played his jaw harp through a Chinese megaphone attached to a mic stand for amplification. He lit into solos like a blowtorch artist carving up sheet metal into the face of Jimi Hendrix at his most psychedelic. Casey did not say any cuss words the entire outing.

(Pictures: Alyssa Herbert)

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Is a Jaw Harp the politically correct term for a Jew's Harp? I think Jew's Harp is an accepted term in the music world. A friend mentioned on the Red Hot Chile Pepper's new comp CD they manage to call it Juice Harp, ha ha ha.

Posted by dan10things | September 23, 2008 8:00 PM

Hey Dan. Jaw harp was what Levi called it. I thought Jew's harp as well, but went with what he said.

Wiki says it can both ways:'s_harp

Posted by trent moorman | September 23, 2008 8:42 PM

Yeah, I guess saying or typing "Jew's harp" just feels wrong to my PC brain. And the term "Jaw Harp" has been around for quite some time; it's not like it was just invented in the past few years in response to an ADL campaign.

Having looked at the Wikipedia page, though, now I'm gonna have to start calling it a marranzano pancake!

Posted by Levislade | September 24, 2008 9:26 AM

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