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Blue Flags & Black Grass is a combination of many flavors of acoustic American Roots Music.  With the instrumentation of Banjo, Res-o-phonic Guitar, Fiddle, Washboard, Kazoo and Upright Bass, Blue Flags emulates the String Bands of the 1920s and ‘30s. Their typical gig will blend Ragtime, Viper Jazz, Country Blues, Old-Time, Jug Band and Bluegrass. As well as performing classic standards and dusting off hidden gems, Blue Flags also features original songs by Flip ‘Fats’ McGuire.    


Usual Suspects

Flip 'Fats' McGuire - Vox, Banjo, Resophonic Guitar

Jason 'Dr. Sass' Reichart - Resophonic Guitar, Vox

Susanna Low-Beer - Fiddle, Vox

Elwood Johncox - Bass

Aaron Koch - Washboard

Previous Members n Good Ol' Stand-bys

Darren Moore - Bass

Tim 'Eugene Jeans' Long - Washboard

Dumpster Joe - Vox, Resophonic Guitar, Kazoo

Josh McLaughlin - Washboard, Cornet

David Gerow - Fiddle, Mandolin

Hans - Fiddle, Vox

Shawn 'The Duke of' Northrup - Vox, Guitar

Brien 'Bobo' McMullen - Bass

Allen Clayton - Guitar, Bass

Mary Mack - Vox, Banjo, Ruckus

Lowell John Mitchell - Jug

Places we've played aside from the street...


Oregon Country Fair

Sh'Bang Festival

Clinton Street Stomp

JugBand Extravaganza

Jelly Roll Jamboree

Fight Church T.V.

2014 '13 Northwest FolkLife Fest - Seattle, Wash.

2014 Jugapalooza

2014 Cascade Wildlands benefit Square Dance

2014 Crawdad Fest, Skyway BBQ

2013 Cascadia RagTime Rendezvous JugBand Jubilee

2013 Portland CockTail Week

2013 Portland Cinco de Mayo Half-Marathon

2011 Mountain Stomp

Hollywood Theater for Eco-Film Fest

Bangladesh Benefit at Portland Insite Meditation Center

W.O.W. Hall opening for HillStomp

Sam Bond's Garage opening for Two Man Gentlemen Band

Black Forge Coffee House - Pitsburgh, Penn.

Murphy's Tap Room - Pittsburgh, Penn.

Braceland - Edinboro, Penn.

Axe & Fiddle - Cottage Grove, Ore.

Trillium Cafe - Hood River Ore.


Clinton St. Theater

Kelly's Olympia

Biddy McGraw's

White Eagle

Press Club

Stock & Barrel


Jade Lounge

Al Forno Ferruzza & the Elixir Lab

Dots Cafe

Pub at the End of the Universe




Woody Guthrie, Baby Gramps, Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Jug Band, Gus Cannon and His Jug Stompers, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Django Reinhardt, Skip James, Dock Boggs, Dave van Ronk, Uncle Dave Macon, Holy Modal Rounders, Leon Redbone, Conjugal Visitors, Crow Quill Night Owls, Gallus Brothers, Dunghill Rooster Strutters, Dumpster Joe and His Jungle Juice Jug Blowers, Rollin' Joe Jordan

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