Hartford's Roots Music Hall, a new-ish club that's been booking some great talent, features a showdown between two homespun musical traditions — skiffle, a British folk style that captured everyone's attention in the late '50s, and its American counterpart, jugband music — that have a lot in common. (The Beatles started out as a skiffle group, and the Grateful Dead was first a jugband called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions). The showdown features skiffle dude Hilton Valentine (pictured above in earlier, electrified days) versus Washboard Slim and the Bluelights.
U.S. Versus U.K. — Jugband/Skiffle featuring Hilton Valentine and Skiffledog, Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
April 27, 8 p.m., $10, Roots Music Hall, 20 Bartholomew Drive, Hartford, rootsmusichartford.com.
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