“With a sound built on cigar-box guitar, slap bass and washboard, no trio is more fun, taking familiar roots genres and twisting them around Mae’s elbow-gloved, gold capped fingers.”
~ Mary Armstrong, The City Paper
Blending Americana, jump blues, rockabilly, and swing with smoke ‘n honey vocals, washboard, cigar box guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass.
Serving up high energy deep vintage vibes is their specialty.
As their biodiesel Boogie Bus proclaims it really is “All About The Boogie!”
Grab your dancing shoes or pull up a chair n’ enjoy. * Swing dancers welcome * All dancers welcome!
BYOB & BYOF
ABOUT APRIL MAE & THE JUNE BUGS
“A re-envisioning of the past while innovative and extremely fun. It’s the way this music should be made…
Real, raucous and righteous!”
~ Big Jim Sykes, Elvis Radio Show on Sirius Radio.
Proclaimed “Great Fun!“ by Sing Out! Magazine, WWOZ (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage station) and Imelda May, among many others;
The June Bugs’ varied mix of high energy Americana, and expansive breadth of genre-bending stylings, has made them a beloved act along the eastern seaboard and the south. Resonating with swing dancers, folkies, cigar box guitar enthusiasts and rockabillies alike.
Traveling in an unmistakable candy apple red and banana cream colored, biodiesel-powered vintage school bus, April Mae & The June Bugs are a beloved act along the Eastern Seaboard and the Deep South.
On their travels they’ve performed with many musicians including Pete Seeger, Rockabilly Hall of Famer J.M. Van Eaton, Eric Frey of the Revelers/Red Stick Ramblers, and New Orleans’ Washboard Chaz. Supporting lineups include Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and Justin Johnson among others.
From swing dance halls to house concerts;
Radio appearances (Sirius Elvis Radio, WWOZ New Orleans, WXPN Philly) to the International Blues Challenge (2015, 2013) in Memphis, vintage style speakeasies to rockabilly hoedowns and Hootenanny’s.
April Mae & the June Bugs are regularly featured at such prominent festivals as:
The Philadelphia Folk Festival
Musikfest and numerous Cigar Box Guitar festivals in
New Orleans, St. Louis, Huntsville, AL and Austin, TX.
In 2016 they performed at the deeply authentic and prestigious roots music festival Black Pot of Lafayette, Louisiana to a packed audience and were enthusiastically received.
Back at home they were honored with the Courier Post Reader’s Choice “Best Live Act” Award for 2021, including “One of the Best” in 2019, 2018 and 2017.
You’ll find April Mae & The June Bugs featured in “Strung Together” the feature-length documentary film on American Roots instruments, produced by by Jon Miller (2016).