Jimmy Tebeau played a show following his court sentencing last night with the Jerry Garcia Band at the Old Rock House. At least twenty people waited at the door prior to opening and the venue continued to substantially fill in from there. Tebeau didn't comment, from the stage or in conversation, about the hearing due to a pending appeal, as advised by his legal staff. He did mention to us that he "is excited to start twenty shows in twenty night with the Jerry Garcia Band." It's all about the music.
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Tebeau seemed in high spirits and was continually met with friend and fan support. He received a 30 month jail sentence, 200 hours of community service, a $50,000 fine and forfeited the 350-acres of Cape Zoe earlier in the day. It was the maximum penalty allowed by a plea he accepted earlier this year, but after more than two years of charges, investigations and hearings, it all could have been much worse.
People routinely approached him wishing him the best of luck, thanking him from their experiences at Camp Zoe and giving their take on the situation.
"We, as a country, have said that counter-cultures can exist outside the status quo," says Julie Von Zur Muehlen, citing the Supreme Court case Wisconsin vs. Yoder. "Are we just going to pick and choose which cultures get their freedoms? We don't need to attack a single individual, we need to address the larger questions at hand."
U.S Attorney Richard G. Callahan says the investigation was never an attack on a particular culture. "I thought that we were capable of distinguishing between a music concert with incidental drug use versus a drug festival with incidental music," he told us earlier in the afternoon via phone.
Gossip buzzed around the venue early in the night regarding the court hearing and a helicopter flying over head. "Of course they're here," said more than one wary patron. The police? The Feds? More likely a news crew, but you can imagine why there might be some paranoia.
The Cape Zoe community was present. Everyone seemed to know one another. Grateful Dead t-shirts, patchwork clothing and untamed hair filled the venue. Some artisans set up shop on the patio -- typical for the scene.
Despite the day's chatter, it seemed most people ultimately showed up at Old Rock House for the music. This was a concert, not a protest. Once the Jerry Garcia Band started, the patio cleared and everyone rushed inside.
Most of the crowd's conversation as the night wore on shifted to fragmented social and political opinions regarding the upcoming Presidential elections and "that was so sick" concert recaps. The smell of marijuana started to fill the air. Old Rock House immediately responded by posting security outside and making routine visits to the parking lot -- a measure taken for control and peacekeeping rather than agression or enforcement.
Gene Triefenbach, NORML advocate and frequenter of Tebeau's Schwagstock, says, "This man was helpless against the wave of drugs being brought [into the event]. We tried to stop it. There were real efforts to make things better. If someone was caught stealing, we called the police. They wouldn't come. It's outrageous that we couldn't get police protection. They [the police] wanted him [Tebeau] to do their job, but it's his job to play bass."