The Mongrel Jews are a Seattle street folk band that has been gracing the city’s stages, street corners and living rooms since 2010. Mixing the down-home Americana of Old Crow Medicine Show with the raucous energy of the Violent Femmes, the acoustic trio puts on a theatrical performance full of caterwauling shout-alongs and dancing ballads.

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The band was founded by washboard player Sarah Shay, who brought aboard her banjo-touting brother Aaron, and the wailing harmonica of Vincent Milay to create their unique and energetic style of folk. They have shared bills with such acts as Jason Webley, the Accordion Babes, God’s Favorite Beefcake, Danbert Nobacon, and a burlesque dancer in a banana costume.

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Photo credit: Lou Daprile Photo.