'Jubileego' festival on tap for this weekend

Cary Ashby • Sep 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM

NEW LONDON — The seventh annual “Jubileego” music and arts festival will roll into the Indian Trail Campground on Saturday and Sunday.

“’Jubileego’ will be gathering the most eclectic group of musicians and artists in the area,” said Matthew Beebe, who helped organize the two-day event outside of New London. 

The family friendly festival will feature live music, food, art, camping and various vendors. The musical acts scheduled to perform are: Time Cat, Fubbs N’ Chubbs, Mister Moon, Chu Dat Frawg, Great Grandpa Beebe, Zip-Zapp, Pass the Shine, Rental Dogs, Midnight Brothers, Kevin Obermeyer, Bella Burdella, Joshua Ott, Kassie Finneran and Familiar Fez.

“You’ll see kids running around. You’ll have adults hanging out,” said Tony Schaffer, keyboardist and singer for the local funk group Fubbs N’ Chubbs. “It’s a full-blown music and arts festival with food trucks and artists and vendors from all over Ohio.”

Schaffer said attendees should expect to see “people from all walks of life.” 

Fubbs N’ Chubbs performed at Jubileego last year about the time of the release of its first album, “Dance Pop Vol. 1.”

“It was overwhelmingly positive when we made our (festival) debut,” said Schaffer, whose funk band is working on “Dance Pop Vol. 2.” “It’s about to be released Halloween-ish — just in time for Christmas.”

Beebe, who performs under the name Great Grandpa Beebe, said this year’s “Jubileego” should be “a humdinger on an epic scale.”

“Be part of the good times and the cause,” the musician added. 

“Our non-profit we are donating to this year is Crystal Tower Women’s (& Children’s) Shelter out of Sandusky. They’ve done amazing things, including building small houses for veterans in need and of course, their main mission of being a permanent supportive housing hub.”

Alysia Gilliam, shelter founder and main organizer, said Crystal Tower “provides a place of refuge and understanding for all who seek to achieve both emotional and lifestyle restoration.”

Great Grandpa Beebe celebrated his 103rd “birthday” several years ago during “Jubileego.” Schaffer said he’s not entirely sure how old the musician is now, but noted “he’s timeless at this point.”

“The festival started as Great Grandpa Beebe’s birthday,” he added. 

Beebe, Mark Graibus of Chu Dat Frawg and local yoga instructor Jamie Bishop helped organize “Jubileego” this year.

“They’re doing a great job,” Schaffer said. “It’s definitely family friendly and you’ll have a good time.” 

For more information, go to jubileegofestival.com.