Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Jubilee Debriefing

Recommended Posts

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.


Praise DSO.




  • Like (+1) 7
  • Thanks (+1) 1

Share this post

Link to post

Nice review, and I agree with all points. Excellent DSO concerts, along with the Garcia band set with Melvin Seals on Sunday. I otherwise pretty much stayed out of the sun, conserved my energy for the night time, and enjoyed the music from my camping area. The RV section was nice, and the maiden voyage to camp in my truck cap was excellent. Kind people throughout, no overboard shakedown craziness, lots of families, really a lovely time.


Met Lagerandgospel at the final show, although we did not know it until after the fest was over. Would have liked to have met more of you folks from on the forums here, but I am sure some of us passed each other or interacted in some way or another. A little afternoon drinking with plenty of time to sober up and pack before Sunday DSO allowed me to hit the road after the show, no traffic, no cops, smooth sailing as long as I could drive, made for another decent ride home Monday.


Took Tuesday off from work without realizing it, showed up and they asked what I was doin there, lol. They put an easy day together for me, not a bad reintegration into the real world. Definitely going to be trying to make it here next year and beyond. 

  • Like (+1) 3

Share this post

Link to post

Recordings of all three nights of DSO along with the DSO/Seals Garcia band set are up on archive/relisten, good sounding recordings. Thanks to the taper, Toaste, for recording them and getting them up so quickly. Nice to see several audience members taping at the festival.

Share this post

Link to post

The oxymoron of an intimate festival exists here.

Lots of not my first rodeo folks. 

Old friends, new ones.

Many children.

One stage one band at a time.

Hear from anywhere.

The music.



Holly Bowling seemingly played keys with three hands at times.


3.5 DSO shows counting Melvin!


Every band...really.




  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post

Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
  • Chatbox

    Please do not post support requests here. Use Private Message.
    Load More
    You don't have permission to chat.
  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.