What began as altruistic dream to benefit Appalachian students through a fusion of volunteerism, music, art and ticket sales, The Jubilo Music and Arts Festival is now a full-fledged shindig with a maxed out (and impressive) line-up, RV parking and an alcohol waiver.
Jubilo is scheduled Thursday-Saturday at Fort Boonesborough State Park with staggered opening times to accommodate both campers and day-trippers. (Schedule details at www.jubilofestival.com).
“Jubilo’s lineup is comprised of a wide variety of music” said Robyn Baker, event creator and director. “We’ve got everything from Bluegrass to rock to country to Americana to R&B to folk and a little bit of everything in between.”
The festival will feature 32 bands, including nationally touring artists Moon Taxi, Unknown Hinson, Darrell Scott and Bonepony. Also scheduled is “some of this area’s best regional talent” such as Over The Top, The Mojos, Corey Kenton, The Seas and Sofa King Deluxe, Baker said.
In addition to their goal of creating a “significant scholarship program” with the festival’s proceeds, she said, Jubilo’s intent is to provide exposure to Kentucky’s talented musicians by staging them at a venue with well-known, nationally touring acts.
The Kentucky Department of Parks granted a special alcohol waiver for the event, although Madison County is dry outside of Richmond, Baker said. The waiver does not allow for alcohol to be sold at Fort Boonesborough, but festival-goers can bring alcohol for their own consumption in limited quantities.
“We’ve taken a little bit of flack from a handful of people who disagree with our limitations on alcohol,” she said. “But we want the event to be safe and pleasant for everyone, and we want the roadways to be safe when festival-goers leave the venue each night.”
Area law enforcement will be on site
For the entire three-day festival, the alcohol allowance is up to two cases of canned beer, or one 1.75 liter of hard liquor in an unopened plastic bottle, or up to two unopened boxes of wine. Only one option is allowed per person and per vehicle.
For a one-day visit, the alcohol allowance is either one 12-pack of canned beer, or one pint of liquor (plastic only), or one box of wine.
Weather during the festival is forecast to fluctuate in the mid-80s with less than a 20-percent chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel.
With around 400 advanced tickets sold, Baker estimates close to 3,500 people will attend Jubilo, based on her experience in directing festivals for many years.
“Given our recent exposure on Lexington television and the feedback we’re getting from local college students, we’re expecting a large crowd at the gate,” she said.
Keeping Jubilo alive
The Latin verb “jubilo” means “shout for joy,” which is what Jubilo organizers did five weeks ago when a Somerset man named Chris George forked over enough money to keep the festival afloat.
“I’ve never met Chris George,” said Baker, “but it’s evident that he believes in what we’re doing: Using music to generate funding to help students in Kentucky.”
In June, Jubilo planners were scrambling to raise enough funds to continue after a failed Kickstarter campaign left them short. But despite the many hardships they encountered, Baker said Jubilo volunteers “simply refused to give up.”
“They knew coming in that we had an incredible uphill struggle to pull a grassroots festival like this together on a practically non-existent budget and a dream,” she said.
But the Jubilo volunteers came from a wide variety of backgrounds, all with roots in Appalachian Kentucky, she said. “And in my opinion, that’s where they get their determination and their collective backbone.”
An event such as Jubilo will utilize a multitude of creative, technical and logistical talents each year to produce a huge festival, she said.
Students interested in pursuing majors in a variety of disciplines will contribute their skills to make each year’s festivals happen, she said. In return, Jubilo intends to provide assistance with tuition and other education-related expenses.
“Volunteer energy and determination are the reasons Jubilo has finally become a reality in Richmond,” Baker said. “It will be because of them that Jubilo will grow to become something significant in Central Kentucky.”
Visit www.jubilofestival.com for a list of what to bring and what not to bring to the festival.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie
or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.
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