Tuba Bach 2021


We are excited to share our 2021 Tuba Bach Festival with you, and want to make sure you have up-to-date information about our concerts.  Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, our Saturday programs will be presented outdoors (weather permitting) at 4:00pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. in Big Rapids.  Bring a lawnchair, bring a friend, and please bring a facemask!  Our Sunday concerts will be live-streamed on Facebook and Youtube, and broadcast on radio station Sunny 97.3FM.  Please note that for the safety of our performers and audience members, we are unable to have in-person audiences at our Sunday concerts — thank you for understanding!  Click here for links for livestream links to FaceBook and YouTube. If you can’t join us for our live-streams, enjoy the shows later, as all of our programs are available for viewing at any time following the concert date.  As always, there is no admission charge for any of our concerts, either on-line or in-person —

Priceless Entertainment! 

Please note that we are hard at work on a new and improved website. Our two amazing MSU interns, Brandon and Ben, have been doing a wonderful job of helping to retool our online presence through our website, facebook page and Youtube channel. We will have it up and running soon, and in the meantime we thank you for your patience!

Many thanks to all involved for making our 2021 Summer Hootenanny a success! If you missed it, you can still watch by clicking the youtube or facebook links provided below.

This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The free program will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook

Tuba Bach’s “Summer Hootenanny” concert, featuring The Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band, will take place Sunday, June 27 at 4:00pm, and will be held outdoors on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church at 726 Fuller Ave. in Big Rapids, Michigan.  As with all Tuba Bach concerts, the performance will be presented with no admission charge, following our tradition of presenting “Priceless Entertainment!”  While the concert will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook platforms, we celebrate the return of live audiences to our performance season, and are delighted to present The Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band and their unique blend of American Roots music – jug band, folk, bluegrass, country and blues.  “From outhouse to henhouse to waffle house to public house both hither and yon, the Pickles have caused a rafter-shaking ruckus wherever they roll, dreaming a hobo’s knapsack of stories and songs along the way.”  Ranging from side-splitting comedy to tear-inducing ballads, traditional tunes as well as original numbers, the Pickle Project combines brilliant vocal arrangements with virtuosic performances on beautifully hand-crafted junk instruments.

For nearly 20 years, The Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band has delighted audiences young and old, touring their one-of-a-kind live show from coast to coast, as well as appearing on PBS and the Bravo! Network.  Armed with a Frankensteinian array of homemade monster instruments, their recipe is flavored with Jug Band, Hokum and Honkeytonk spices, along with an occasional dash of American pop culture – relish the Pickles!  Band members include Daniel Daniel on vocals, jug, washtub bass, swambone, flamingophone, saw, kazoo, and kitchen sink; Alan Selvidge on vocals, canjo, panjolele, and suitcase bass; Kathryn Diana on washboard, cigarbox fiddle and vocals; and Charlie King (formerly of Asylum Street Spankers and Stephen Lynch) on vocals, dobro, hamBoLin, jug, slide whistle, song sandwich, pig, and banjo.  And special for this Tuba Bach Hootenanny event, the quartet will be joined by Tuba Bach’s artistic Director Ed Mallett, playing tuba, phunnelphonium, postalhorn, and other assorted flatulent instruments.

New CD Release! “NOODLINGS”

We a very excited to announce the official release of our newest recording project, “Noodlings,” featuring Dominic Waddles on saxophone, his father Alvin on piano, Noah Mallett on xylophone and his father Ed on tuba. The project is a collection of ragtime and jazz compositions from the 1920’s by Joe and George Hamilton Green, Teddy Brown and Rudy Wiedoft. Many thanks to recording genius Sergei Kvitko and the Blue Griffin Record label for helping to make this project a reality.

“Noodlings,” is available for purchase, along with our other CDs, by clicking this link. If you prefer to purchase your music through streaming platforms, the following link will take you there.

I think we had as much fun with the photo sessions as we did with the recording work! Not only is Sergei a recording genius, but a darn good photographer, as well! So much fun to be at the historic Potter House in Lansing, Michigan – many thanks to Jim McClurken and Sergei for giving us the run of the place. Thanks to Ted O’Dell, for bringing his 1923 Model T Touring Ford – and for giving Dominic an impromptu driving lesson on the front lawn ! And thanks also to Rosie the wonder dog for being a willing participant in our photo shoot!

Many thanks to all who helped make Tuba Bach 2020 a success! To our musicians: Justin Emerich, Alicia Eppinga, Tariq Gardner, Marion Hayden, Hyesook Kim, Noah Mallett, Chris Martin, Mary Jane Miller, Derek Polischuk, Phil Sinder, Demondrae Thurman, John Varineau, Alvin Waddles, Dominic Waddles, and Jeffery Zook. To our sponsors (see below!). To the National Endowment for the Arts, for a COVID relief grant that ultimately made our 2020 season possible. To Immanuel Lutheran Church, for providing a beautiful venue. To West Michigan Piano for the Steinway. To Steve Masters and the folks at Sunny 97.3 for making our live radio broadcast happen. To Jeff Gabalis and Jeff Pedelty, for making the livestream events happen. And especially to all of our donors and audience members, for your faithful support!

All of our concerts from 2020 Tuba Bach are available for viewing – just select the 2020 FESTIVAL SERIES heading, then click on any of the six concerts to find a link to their videos

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