|I wanted to take this opportunity to combine a few things into bigger articles this weekend, because I thought some of my readers would enjoy all of this information wrapped into one big deal here. The first part of this article is featuring this year’s 8th annual Dark Star Jubilee, which happens in Ohio.
Old And In The Way was actually an old Bluegrass super group in the 1970’s that consisted originally of Mr. Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead on banjo, Mr. Peter Rowan on guitar, Mr. Vassar Clements on fiddle, Mr. David Grisman on mandolin, and finally Mr. John Kahn on bass.
The band only released a few albums and two live albums, and they did have a reunion show in 2002 without Garcia and Kahn whom were already deceased. They released an album called “Old And In The Grey”, which did not turn out to be as successful as it’s predecessor which was one of the top 3 selling Bluegrass albums of all time.
From the East (Zanesville)
Use I-70 west to Exit 132 (State Route 13/Thornville/Newark). Turn left at the top of the exit ramp onto State Route 13 south, travel approximately .4 miles to gate entrance on left.
From the West (Columbus)
Use I-70 east to Exit 132 (State Route 13/Newark/Thornville). Turn right at the top of the exit ramp onto State Route 13 south, travel approximately .4 miles to gate entrance on left.
General Admission gates will open at NOON on Friday, May 27, 2022.
VIP gates will open at 10 AM on Friday, May 27, 2022.
All gates will close at NOON on Monday, May 30, 2022. Please do not arrive before gates open.
All tickets for Dark Star Jubilee will be e-tickets from Eventbrite. After you complete your ticket purchase, your e-tickets will be in your Eventbrite app. You can also choose to print your tickets.
Tickets will be scanned at the gate (off your phone or print out) and you will receive one wristband per ticket. Please contact Eventbrite with any ticketing questions. All ticket purchases include admission and camping.
General Patron Ticket
GA Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend, free parking for one vehicle under 20’6″, choice of tent camping in the concert bowl, car camping or RV camping with purchase of an Add-On GA RV Pass.
VIP Wooded-Camping Patron Ticket
VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend plus wooded camping and seperate parking for one vehicle, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP wooded camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice!
*For those who have done VIP at the Jubilee before, Legend Valley manicured 5 acres of land for tent camping just on the other side of where RV’s have typically been parked. You can now park your car and enjoy wooded tent camping 50-150 yards from your car.
VIP Car-Camping Patron Ticket
VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend plus car-camping and parking for one vehicle, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP car-camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice!
VIP RV Patron Ticket
VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP RV camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice! Note: Each RV vehicle attending must purchase a Good Lovin’ VIP RV Add-On ticket.
Kids GA (Ages 4-12) Ticket
Kids GA Festival ticket for the weekend. Kids 4-12 are required to have a Kids Pass and be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. All persons 13 and older must have a full price festival pass. Free Admission for Kids 3 and under.
Kids VIP (Ages 4-12) Ticket
Kids VIP Festival ticket for the weekend, plus a Kids VIP Goodie Bag. Kids 4-12 are required to have a Kids Pass and be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. All persons 13 and older must have a full price festival pass. Free Admission for Kids 3 and under.
Tent Camping Inside Concert Venue
Park your car just outside the concert venue, walk your gear and coolers down into the Concert Bowl, and pick your spot facing the stage. We highly recommend this option, as you will be part of the communal nature of the event, close to the stage, close to the facilities, and close to all the vendors.
Carside Camping Outside Concert Venue
You will be able to park and set up camp outside the main gates and away from general parking, however the better camping will be inside the venue. No ground fires will be permitted outside the concert venue.
General Admission RV Camping
There will be a designated area for General Admission RVs. You MUST purchase a General Admission RV Pass in order to bring your RV to the General Admission area. Passes are available in advance.
VIP Tent / Carside Camping
VIP campers will enter through a designated VIP Entrance with their vehicle. VIP Campers MUST arrive by 8pm on Friday, May 28, 2021 and stay until the morning of Monday, May 31, 2021 in order to bring their vehicle into the VIP camping area. If you arrive or plan to leave outside of these times, there will be designated VIP parking lot in the backstage area. All VIP campers are welcome to the shaded tent camping available if they are interested.
VIP RV Camping
There will be designated area in the VIP section for RVs. You MUST purchase a VIP RV Pass in order to bring your RV to the VIP area.
There will be a specified area, close to the venue for those with ADA credentials and we will honor any temporary disability; please register before hand. Register here.
Sober Camping – Camp Traction
Camp Traction will set up a substance free camping area, host daily meetings within the camp site, and provide general support and traction for those who choose to experience the Dark Star Jubilee clean and sober. Register here.
Family Camping/Kids Tickets
The Jubilee is an all ages event and there will be a family friendly camping area for families with children 12 and under. You can register for the Family Campground here.
Children ages 4-12 require a Kids Festival Pass. Children 3 and under are free. You can purchase Kids 3-Day Festival Passes in advance here.
Day Parking will be available for those staying off-site. Re-entry will be permitted if your vehicle is parked outside the concert venue.
All the food and craft vendors, including ice, beverages and Official Merchandise, will be located inside the concert venue. Food vending will include a variety of food suited for each meal of the day, various beverage and snack stands, plus many options for different dietary preferences. Craft vending will include jewelry, handmade items, clothes, memorabilia, art, and more. We do NOT allow unregistered vending.
There will be 24-hour security and EMTs on site at the Jubilee. The Medical Tent will be located to the right of the main stage or you can contact any Jubilee staff member or volunteer for assistance. There are towing and locksmith services in Thornville if needed. Lost and Found will be at the Official Merchandise Tent, please let them know if you have lost something.
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE CONCERT VENUE OR CAMPGROUNDS. If a pet is found in your car, you will be turned away regardless of wait, ticket status, or excuse. If you have a service animal, please be sure to have all the necessary papers/licenses.
TAPES / RECORDINGS
Dark Star Jubilee allows audio recording of the event. A Tapers Section will be provided with limited area, first come until full. Soundboard patches are NOT PERMITTED. Please be self-sufficient (bring your own batteries and power) and be respectful of patrons and crew. At any time, Dark Star Jubilee may change, modify, or close the taper section without warning if problems arise. Cameras will be allowed in the concert area; please be respectful with your flash.
PROHIBITED ITEMS & GENERAL RULES
These items are prohibited for your safety and the safety of the community. Please don’t make us confiscate anything from you.
- ALL GLASS
- ALL FIREWORKS (including Chinese Lanterns)
- ALL WEAPONS and MALICE (Aggressive conduct toward festival patrons or staff will result in immediate ejection from the event)
- ALL PETS – Leave your pets at home or contact one of the many kennels in the area.
- LASER PENS AND LIGHTS
- Underage drinking, or illegal drug use (Just because you’re at a festival does not mean you are exempt from the law)
- AMPLIFIERS of any kind (Acoustic music in the campgrounds is welcomed)
- PERSONAL GENERATORS
- PERSONAL VEHICLES that move faster than a walking pace
- PERSONAL FIREWOOD – this is an environmental hazard
- UNOFFICIAL MERCHANDISE – No unregistered vending will be allowed. Selling of ANYTHING to anyone without obtaining a proper permit will result in confiscation of your product and possible ejection from the festival. Please help by not buying from these vendors.
- NITROUS OXIDE TANKS – Nitrous Oxide is a poison in our community, but thanks to community-wide effort, the problem is waning. Please help us continue this trend; if you are caught with tanks, you will be removed for the event without refund.
- Please No EZ-Ups or Shade Tents Along Pathways and Walkways.
- Come with your ticket or money for wristband- do not arrive empty handed.
- Respect your neighbor- KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
At a minimum, we will follow all state and federal guidelines to maintain the health and security of everyone involved with the festival. Your safety is our highest priority.
Now then my friends, I wanted to take the opportunity to tie in some stories and the announcement of Bluegrass Legend Mr. Peter Rowan’s new album slated for June. I remember back in 2015 we had Mr. Peter Rowan at Muddy Roots Music Festival, and his set was nothing short of amazing.
We were treated to a fantastic set by him, which included many of his classic songs that have gracefully endured the test of time. I’m going to include the press release as well as add my own thoughts into this issue, but I knew it would all really juxtapose into something as cool as this article here.
This new album is certainly one of the finest Bluegrass album of the year so far, and it’s not even half over yet! This album is even more traditional of Bluegrass roller coaster rides across your mind. Time has not at all faltered with Mr. Peter Rowan’s vocal abilities on this album at all.
He keeps the album flow relevant by adding in some duets with some of today’s Bluegrass stars, like Miss Molly Tuttle and others.
1. New York Town
2. Veil Of Deja Blue
3. Come Along Jody
4. Little Joe
5. The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance
6. A Winning Hand
7. From My Mountain ( Calling You)
8. Frog On The Lilly Pad
9. The Red, The White And The Blue
10. Light At The End Of The World
11. Penitentiary Blues
12. Dream Of Heaven
13. Freedom Trilogy
Peter Rowan to release new album on Rebel Records, coming June 24
Calling You From My Mountain features original and traditional songs with guest turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and more
April 13, 2022 (Charlottesville, VA): Rebel Records is proud to announce a new album from pioneering American roots musician Peter Rowan. Rowan’s second album for Rebel, Calling You From My Mountain features star turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and more, and original and traditional songs from Rowan and his band. Today, Rebel is releasing the first single off the new album, “The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance” featuring Shawn Camp. Rowan had this to say about the single, “This chorus appeared to me in a dream one glorious April at my tin-roofed Texas casita. Singer, songwriter, guitar picker Shawn Camp hails from Alabama as did Hank Williams. Shawn, he’s a natural for this song. And a big inspiration! We had some fun!”
“Peter Rowan is a true roots original,” says Mark Freeman, Rebel Records’ owner. “While his musical curiosity has taken him on many fun and fascinating adventures across many different genres, bluegrass is the foundation and starting point for those trips. Building on the momentum of his previous bluegrass release, Carter Stanley’s Eyes, we at Rebel are thrilled to be working with Peter again as he delivers another collection of powerful material, both new and old!”
For over six decades, GRAMMY-award winning artist Peter Rowan has been at the forefront of acoustic American music, inspiring generations of new musicians and working creatively with the roots of bluegrass, newgrass, Americana, country rock, jazz, even reggae, Hawaiian, and Tejano music. A relentlessly curious, brilliant songwriter, Rowan’s had the kind of career that would give him ample opportunity to kick back and rest on his laurels now, but his new album, Calling You From My Mountain (coming June 24 on Rebel Records), shows that Rowan’s voice is as vital as ever, fueled by the history of our great traditions and excited for their future. Guest spots on the album from friends like Billy Strings, Shawn Camp, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and Mark Howard, not to mention Rowan’s multi-generational band, show that Rowan’s inspiration transcends age. For these past sixty+ years, Rowan’s been a musical sponge, soaking up ideas and influences from his many travels and his roving search for new traditions, using these sounds to create new songs and new musical genres at will. Though the genesis for Rowan’s new album came from Hank Williams’ Luke the Drifter personality and Rowan’s idea of writing new songs for this character, he quickly spun in other connections, like his longtime interest in Tibetan music and his Buddhist beliefs and practices, or his love of other American roots legends like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, Bill Monroe, and Tex Logan (all of whom Rowan’s played and performed with). Throughout, the music sounds like Rowan himself, a modern day California dharma bum, a man as nourished by a metaphysical interest in the mysteries of the physical universe as he is by the intricacies of handcrafted music making.
Calling You From My Mountain began as a tribute album or homage to Peter Rowan’s favorite Hank Williams LP. “When I left Nashville in 1990,” Rowan explains, “the only country music album I had, besides one Ernest Tubb record, was Hank Williams Sings Luke the Drifter. So, I listened to that all the time on my little turntable, and I just loved that Hank had an alternate ego who was himself but the sentimental-songs-with-a-message side.” Rowan wrote an entire album of songs inspired by Luke the Drifter, but before he could travel to Nashville to record it, the pandemic hit and plans changed. Instead, Rowan stayed at home, looking out over the California coastal landscape and canyons around him, just playing and trying out old favorite songs. As singing the old songs brought forth ideas for new songs, Rowan built the groundwork for his new album and managed to keep some of Luke the Drifter’s spirit alive. “I included one of the songs I wrote from the Luke the Drifter album, “Dream of Heaven.” By doing that, I started to find my own voice again as to what I really wanted to say on this record. The companion song to that is “The Red, the White and the Blue”, where I wrote “I remember, I remember, I remember you / The red, the white and the blue” which to me is like a Carter Family type of approach with Molly Tuttle singing the harmony and playing banjo and Shawn Camp on guitar. With Rowan’s characteristic thoughtfulness, he transforms a patriotic refrain into a subtle and heartfelt anti-war statement.
Opening with Woody Guthrie’s “New York Town” (as learned from Guthrie’s friend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott), it’s clear that Rowan still wears his love of classic bluegrass on his sleeve, but he retains his uncanny ability to marry bluegrass with the farthest reaches of the world. “From My Mountain (Calling You)” was inspired by Rowan’s long friendship with famed Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and centers on the shared love of the freedom of mountain landscapes in both Appalachian and Tibetan folk music. “Light at the End of the World” echoes the sound of bluegrass gospel, but trains that spiritual power on Rowan’s heartbreaking memories of visiting the Hiroshima Memorial while performing in Japan in the 1970s. Even a song like “A Winning Hand,” which Rowan wrote in Nashville in the 90s, may seem like a straightforward country song but instead reminds Rowan of his time on tour in Ireland, ocean waves crashing under a Sligo dawn. As someone who’s criss-crossed the globe looking for new musical inspiration, Rowan’s musical landscapes have always been global in nature.
Talking to Rowan now is a dizzying ride through American musical history. At times it feels like he’s done it all, jamming with groundbreaking free jazz players in Boston in the 60s because they had the best weed, hanging with Jim Kweskin at the Lyman Family compound, tracking down the great Tejano accordionist Flaco Jimenez among the cantinas of San Antonio, calming raucous festival crowds with Lhamo’s Buddhist chants, or touring with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee. Throughout, Rowan retains his early roots in bluegrass and his love for the great Bill Monroe who he rightfully recognizes as another musically voracious soul. “Bluegrass accepted me first as a cultural pilgrim,” Rowan says. “I’m still the pilgrim, interpreting my experience through music. And the richness is the collaboration with people from really any culture. Musicians are transcultural, you know.”
As one of Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Rowan’s in a unique place to evaluate the master’s musical intentions, and after all these years he’s beginning to understand what Monroe saw in him. “I think as a man in his 50s looking at a 22 year old kid, he saw me,” Rowan says, “he saw who I was before I did. He’d always yell at me on stage ‘Sing it like Pete Rowan!’ He always wanted the individuality to come out.” Now, Rowan’s in a similar position that Monroe was when he took Rowan on. That’s why it matters that Rowan’s new album features young roots music luminaries like Tuttle and Strings and Rowan’s own band features younger players like Chris Henry on mandolin, Max Wareham on banjo, Julian Pinelli on fiddle, and Eric Thorin on acoustic bass. “I’ve got a young band, it’s fabulous,” Rowan exclaims. “They’re bursting with ideas. They’re in their years of inspiration. They’re really quick learners and their ears are wide open because this generation is built on everything we did, dare I say, all those years ago.”
For any great artist, live performance is the heart of their love for the music, and for Peter Rowan, the pandemic’s kept him back from the kind of live music making that he thrives on and that defines bluegrass and its many offshoots. With stages opening up again, the real meaning of his new album is becoming clear. “The joy of playing live music again calls for raising our voices from the mountain tops,” he clarifies. Rowan’s still up on his mountain, still living a life looking to the celestial heavens and wondering, and when he calls us to come and learn, we’d do well to listen.