Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band
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Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band

Syracuse, New York, United States | SELF

Syracuse, New York, United States | SELF
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"Inside Beat - CMJ 2010's best of A through Z"

This year's College Music Journal Music Marathon, more commonly referred to as CMJ, has brought a lot of underground artists to the surface and into the college scene. The festival took place Oct.19 to 23 in New York City where artists from all over the world performed at various locations, hoping to jumpstart their popularity. Bands such as MGMT, Deerhunter and Vampire Weekend are all examples of artists who capitalized off their performances at past CMJ Marathons. This year, nearly 4,000 artists submitted their creations in attempt to earn a precious set at the event. Only 1,200 artists made the cut, and with performers from nearly every genre, you are bound to find a hot new artist to enjoy.

Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band – Four boys from Syracuse have melded their musical talents together to create a folk rock blues group. The quartet's members Aaron Gittleman, Adam Cohen, Lucas Sacks and Dan DiPasquale do something that most groups do not do — they switch up their instruments while they perform. Not only does this provide an entertaining set for their audience, but it also demonstrates each individual member's talent. Mid-set the guys switch from rock instruments to bluegrass instruments keeping fans on their toes. With such diversity and remarkable skill, it'd be a shame to not listen to the music NTMJB is creating.
Album to check out: NTMJB (self-titled) - Inside Beat


"THE WINNING GRIN AND OTHER TALES FROM THE O, MORNING RECORDS SHOWCASE @ FUNK N WAFFLES 11/6/09"

The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band, however, rivaled Aument to be the best act of the night. With influences spanning folksy Americana in the vein of The Felice Brothers and The Hold Steady, frontman Aaron Gittleman even claimed: “This is hoedown music!” between songs.

Indeed, watching the band blister through Lynrd Skynrd solos and trade off a mandolin, banjo, tambourine and bongo drums made it easy to forget that the four guys had barely broken twenty and had just formed last year. As their set wound down, the same fans who had held an impromptu square dance watched, listened and sang along as the band harmonized the chorus to a song about a seagull by the beach. - 20 Watts


"5 Bands You "Otto" Know About"

This swamp yankee, porch-stomping bluegrass band of hoodlums don’t really seem like they would be from this neck of the woods. Alas, NTMJB has brought good ol’ fashion Americana back to the orange community. This is a group of average guys with incredible musicality. They, too, released an EP out on iTunes. They haven’t toured too too much this summer. However, they are playing three festivals in New York this fall: Last Daze of Summer, North Country Swamp Jam and the Harvest Jam. They’re always playing around Syracuse, you’re bound to catch them at some point. Only if you’re Northbound though. 2 for 2 on the puns. - WERW


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7 Track EP released in Spring of '10, "Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band."

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Keith Richards was once quoted as saying: “If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.” Thankfully, Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band knows the blues, and then some. Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, and even a dash of Funk; few bands in Upstate New York can lay claim to such a musical vocabulary, let alone blend it into the mix that encapsulates every Northbound song. The 4-piece ensemble of Aaron Gittleman (vocals/guitar/banjo/harmonica), Adam Cohen (guitar/mandolin), Lucas Sacks (bass/guitar) and Dan DiPasquale (drums) show an uncanny ability to distill the sweet melodies and gritty roots of folk music into a heady brew of rough-shod rock that’s equally at home on a spotlight-flooded stage or small coffee house.

Formed at Syracuse University, Northbound began playing out in the late fall of 2008, before exploding out the next spring, playing festivals and more high profile gigs. Calling to mind equal parts of traditional bluegrass, The Allman Brothers, The Avett Brothers, String Cheese Incident and The Grateful Dead, their skillful playing and creative songwriting style staggering hand in hand with their onstage swagger have made them a figure head in a blossoming campus music scene.

Live, their performances are some of the best in Syracuse. Gittleman’s raw voice lashes out over Cohen's sharp riffing, Sacks's funky bass, and DiPasquale's pounding drums until he slams into his harmonica, blowing heated intensity into the band’s tight songwriting. Spilling over into instrumental jam sessions of epic proportions, the band proves time and again that the blues isn't dead, it was just waiting for a solid kick in the ass.