Meredith Axelrod
San Francisco, CA

Updated 10/17/2010 

Chicago native Meredith Axelrod loves early twentieth century music, including ragtime and jug band music. She learned to sing from listening to how folks did it a century ago, via cylinders and 78 rpm records.

Drawn by San Francisco’s reputation as a Mecca for weirdoes and hippies, Meredith moved to the city by the bay. It was here that she met guitar virtuoso, Craig Ventresco.. Her robust singing became a part of their act. Since then Craig and Meredith have entertained audiences at the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival and the West Coast Ragtime Festival, in addition to numerous private concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a singer, she has performed with Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks at the San Francisco Jugband Festival, and with Lavay Smith at San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, and with Devine's Jug Band at the Great American Music Hall, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the National Jugband Jubilee, the San Francisco Jugband Jubilee, and the West Coast Jugband Jubilee. With Craig Ventresco, she regularly sings and performs Café Divine in San Francisco’s North Beach every Wednesday night 7-9 and at the Atlas Café most Saturday afternoons.

Meredith sings, plays guitar, ukulele, cello. and jug in Devine’s Jugband, led by former Bo Grumpus percussionist, Pete Devine.

Meredith supports herself entirely with the income she makes via live performances and CD sales. Earlier this year, she went on a 2 month tour of Australia and New Zealand.