After 48 hours to process the events of Dark Star Jubilee,
I believe I've got a handle on it. As a Jubilee rook, it had a tough
act to follow in my head having done several NLQP through
the years, which is an amazing piece of land to camp and dance.
The Jubilee far exceeded my expectations and living in that
reality for three days is truly bliss. The combination of friendly,
happy people, from staff to attendees, and a spectrum of talented
musicians creates an eden on earth.
My homebase in VIP was a eight minute walk to the stage,
10 minutes to my friends in General RV. Access to showers
and daily coffee was worth the upgrade to VIP in my opinion.
I rode solo this Jubilee and met so many good people during
the weekend. Rob, Rodney, and Greg from Columbus were
right next to my site and we talked all weekend. I fulfilled a
goal meeting Rude and it was totally organic, we were walking
down to the stage at the same time. The circus is in town.
Hung with old friends, MC and crew, Scott, sudds94, met new friends,
Poetry Girl, Carly and Michelle from Buffalo. I spoke with dozens
of others about our shared experience, Jubilee gives us all
something in common, what a great conversation starter.
Of course the heart of the Jubilee is the music. Being able
to hear the music from basically any location on the grounds
keeps you engaged all day. The non-DSO lineup impressed.
Any band including the talented Rob B. was worth the walk
to the stage. Seeing Melvin after all these years was a treat.
Holly Bowling had a great take. Infamous Stringdusters killed
a JackStraw. Getting the point? Any we have not even touched
on the three well executed shows delivered by DSO. The recreation
on Friday I'm sure was better than the original. After the afternoon
deluge, the Saturday original was pure magic start to finish.
The energy for the Sunday original was off the charts, especially
after the boys gave us a Jerry show to warm up for a Dead show.
This band of talented musicians continues to push the material
to higher levels. Thank you DSO for three glorious days.