Jug Band's Kweskin Heading to LA

Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe, April 11, 2006, C12 Living

Jug Band legend Jim Kweskin, who's called Boston home since enrolling at BU in 1958, is heading west. Kweskin confirmed yesterday that he's leaving the Fort Hill section of Roxbury where he and dozens of other artists, writers, and musicians have been living together since the '60s. A coffee-house contemporary of Joan Baez, Tom Rush, and Bob Dylan, with whom he used to perform, Kweskin quit playing music full time in 1968 to focus on what he calls his "extended family." (The late Mel Lyman, the Jug Band's harmonica and banjo player, was the patriarch.) Often called a commune, Fort Hill is really just a community, Kweskin said yesterday. "We bought a row of houses in the mid-'60s for almost nothing, and now the value is 100 times what it was." Kweskin's bound for LA, but before he leaves, he and several '60s standouts Rush, John Sebastian, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and Peter Rowan are playing Sunday at Passim in honor of jug virtuoso Fritz Richmond, who died in November. Don't bother inquiring about tickets. It's sold out.

  Mel Lyman