The Bumper Jacksons will perform at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor July 19, at 7:30 p.m. 

The band combines an array of early American traditions, including country swing, bluegrass and blues. The vocalists are flanked by a pedal steel and horn section, all supported by drums and bass.

The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They toured the country on bicycles with instruments on their backs seeking to reimagine roots music.  

In five years, the Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy, seven-piece band. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” and “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards.  

The group features Myhre on clarinet and vocals, Ousley on banjo style, Alex Lacuement on upright bass and vocals, Dan Samuels on drums and percussion, Dave Hadley on pedal steel and Joseph Brotherton on trumpet and vocals. 

Advance discounted tickets are $17 only through the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $22 and can be purchased at or at the door.