If there was truly a modern version of jug band, Blue Man Group would be the Metallica of the genre. Along with other theater acts, Recycled Percussion and Stomp!, the three guys with blues heads are creating contemporary tribal music performed on wildly creative homemade instruments.
The Blue Man Group Youtube Channel has been putting out some fantastic behind-the-scenes mini documentaries lately. The episode below digs deep into some of the newest instruments and the low rumble reasons for their creations.
I can't stress enough how important Blue Man and other homemade bands are to the creation of my own music. I hope you get some inspiration from this.