When Maria Muldaur leapt into the general consciousness in 1973 with her debut album, which included the sultry, chart-climbing charmer "Midnight at the Oasis," she seemed to appear out of nowhere, artistically fully formed. In fact, the native New Yorker had spent years immersing herself in a broad swath of Americana with a distinctly Southern exposure: blues, Appalachian folk, country, gospel, jazz. It's territory she continues exploring today, and she has a string of marvelous albums stretching back several decades to prove it. Pre-"Oasis," while hanging out on the Greenwich Village folk scene, she joined the Even Dozen Jug Band, which included the likes of John Sebastian and David Grisman, and when they broke up, Boston's Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which included her future (and long ago ex-) husband, Geoff Muldaur. Lo these many eons later, Muldaur has returned to her roots, formed her own jug band, and issued a delightful album, Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, which roots around in a cornucopia of ripe jug-band standards, with help from Sebastian, Grisman, Taj Mahal, and Dan Hicks. Her six-piece touring outfit will clutter the Dakota stage with all the proper accoutrements, including fiddles, mandolins, washtubs, kazoos, banjos, and, of course, jugs. $25 at 7 p.m.; $20 at 9:30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 19, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2009