Rumpke Mountain Boys
Today, the torch-bearing Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra announced the initial lineup for its 11th annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival.
Happening May 24 - 26, 2024 at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground in Thornville, Ohio, approximately 30 miles east of Columbus, the Jubilee will host a total of 16 bands anchored by three headlining shows of two sets each of Dark Star Orchestra.
The initial lineup for the Dark Star Jubilee 2023 features:
Summer is officially here, and Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground is presenting the 2nd annual Hippy Hill Fest happening July 28-30, 2022, in Bean Blossom, Indiana. The music festival features music of the 1960s & 70s, a time where it moved towards an electric, psychedelic version of rock, reflecting the off-beat, psychedelic characteristics of the counterculture itself. Celebrating the music and the 80th birthday of Jerry Garcia, this family-friendly festival is the heart and soul of summer festivals.
Today, the torch-bearing Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra announces the lineup for their ninth annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival. Produced by All Good Presents, the event was created as a band-curated continuation of the ongoing celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead, the Dark Star Jubilee has become a Midwest tradition for kicking off the summer season with three-nights of music, camping and community.
Rumpke Mountain Boys released their newest studio album Know I’m Home, on December 30 in front of their hometown crowd in Cincinnati, OH at Riverfront Live. This is their first studio recording since 2016, which was recorded at the famous Royal Studios in Memphis, TN early last year with the great Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell.
Ben Gourley of the Rumpke Mountain Boys (RMB) released his first solo album Lost in the Shuffle on May 15. The album was created and recorded at his home recording space during the quarantine of 2020. The unique feature of this album is Gourley recorded all parts himself, making this album completely his own composition.
The Grammy award-winning Infamous Stringdusters are headlining this year along with The Lil’ Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades with two sets over the weekend, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Old Salt Union, Fireside Collective, The Sweet Lillies, The Grass is Dead, banjo master Kyle Tuttle as artist at large as well as local favorites Restless Leg String Band and many more.
Rumpke Mountain Boys take off on a big Summer Tour, kicking things off in Indiana, before heading to the East Coast and then stretch all the way out West to Alaska.
This Summer Tour has stops at some of the premiere Summer festivals such as Smoky Run, Romp, Northwest String Summit and SalmonFest in Alaska. This will be Rumpke’s first time in Alaska, where Summer days stretch into the night, which is perfect for their Trashgrass style, that has them known for picking late into the night.
The WinterWonderGrass Festival had its first ever foray to the east in mid-December. It was a warm welcome to the beautiful Vermont Green Mountains at the Stratton Ski Resort. There’s a saying in New England, and it especially applies to Vermont this time of year. If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour. This adage proved true over all three days of the WinterWonderGrass Vermont festival. Opening day Friday started out mild, mid-40s a bit grey. Everything looked perfect for a fine festival kick-off.
Dark Star Orchestra is holding their seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee festival this coming Memorial Day May 25-27 at the venue which is now known as Legend Valley, in Thornville, Ohio. Back in 1993, it was known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, and on June 11, the Grateful Dead rolled into town. Nearly 25 years to the date, and at the same location, Dark Star Orchestra will be recreating the original band’s historic set during one of the night at The Jubilee in a rare, advanced announcement for the band to confirm a show they’re playing.