Photos | Review | Dark Star Jubilee | Ohio

Words by: Suzy Perler and Tim Walther | Images by: Suzy Perler

Dark Star Jubilee :: 08.31.12-09.02.12 :: Legend Valley :: Thornville, OH

Read Suzy's review below the photo gallery, and click here for festival promoter Tim Walther's perspective!

After flying over 500 miles to reach the destination, nothing felt more ‘at home’ than being at Dark Star Jubilee. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, it was a perfect setting for music, friends and family.

DSO's Jeff Mattson and Rob Eaton
by Suzy Perler

Entering the festival grounds early Friday morning, one could immediately feel the camaraderie and good spirit amongst the crew as they were finishing up their last minute preparations for this long anticipated inaugural event. The friendly and positive nature of owner, Tim Walther of All Good Presents, was clearly infectious.

The members of Dark Star Orchestra were our welcoming hosts. When not performing, they spent the weekend intermingling with the crowd of loyal fans. I took a leisurely golf cart ride with DSO drummers, Rob Koritz and Dino English and was pleased to see them stopping often to just say hello and chat with fans and friends. People liked seeing the band hanging around – it made everyone feel more connected.

The festival kicked off late Friday with The Rumpke Mountain Boys, Cornmeal and then a 4 hour set by DSO. Early Saturday morning arrived with heavy rains, causing some structural issues with the main stage. Not sure how the show was going to go on, a brilliant decision was quickly made to create an alternate stage in the VIP tent, complete with comfy couches, rugs and tapestries. There was no complaining in this crowd. The communal spirit of braving the elements made this festival even better. Everybody involved felt they were a part of something very special.

Mickey Hart Band Drum Circle by Suzy Perler

Some of Saturday’s bands included Jorma Kaukonen, The Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Matt Reynolds (also DSO’s tour manager!) Keller Williams and DSO playing another 4 hour set. The Mickey Hart Band was then scheduled to play, but his band couldn’t fit on the alternate stage. The crowd waited patiently for the outcome. It was then announced that everyone should grab their percussion instruments and join Mickey Hart in an impromptu drum circle. Everyone circled in the intimate glow of the VIP tent and created music with the band. Other musicians joined in, including DSO drummers, Rob Koritz and Dino English. Mickey Hart said it was one of the best times they've had. It was a magical and memorable highlight of the festival for everyone.

The Sunday sun dried up the damp grounds, and the music played on all day with The Folkadelics, Donna The Buffalo, The Infamous Stringdusters, Great American Taxi, 7 Walkers, Perpetual Groove and many more. The festival ended with another 4 hour rockin' set by DSO. Bill Kreutzmann even joined in on a few songs. "We Bid You Goodnight" was the final and fitting song of the night.

Continue reading for commentary by Tim Walther of All Good Presents!

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