" + $site_name + " logo

Chapel Hill's Jubilee Music Festival at UNC (1963 - 1971)

by Charly Mann


Full content including photographs now available on a subscription basis.

See Subscribe button in upper right corner.



Peter Thompson      8:53 PM Mon 12/12/2011

@Max B.B. KIng indeed was there in 1970 at the stadium. I went behind the stage and talked to him and he gave me a guitar pick with his name on it. <br \><br \>Joe Cocker&#39;s show was incredible.<br \><br \>For the &#39;71 weekend my friends and I were fairly close to the stage for J. Geils and the Allman Brothers. We weren&#39;t aware of any disturbances. I called my friends the next year about the weekend and was surprised to hear that there wasn&#39;t going to be any.

Richard      11:02 AM Tue 8/23/2011

I was in CH last week on the way to take my daughter back to school. We stopped in a used/vintage clothing store on Franklin Street and the young man there asked me if I had ever heard of Jubilee...HA! I basically explained to him that if you could recall all the bands you probably were not there, but I was fortunate that I did recall several of them. I was at UNC from &#39;64 - &#39;72 and saw all but the first one. The notes here are pretty much correct, and yes, Jubilee ranks with some of the best times ever.<br \><br \>A couple of quick stories: PJ was the drink of the weekend at several of the Jubilees I attended. No explanation necessary for those who remember it.<br \><br \>My band had the honor of playing with the Allman Brothers (us then them, us then them) at a small college in some town that is in two states--I honestly forget the town and college. VA and TENN, I think, but I could be wrong. Anyway, our guys were longhairs and here we are checking into the local Holiday Inn in whatever country town that was, and who should walk by but Barry Oakley? Being the only other longhairs around, he stopped and spoke to us and we all became friends when he found out we were going to be the warm-up band for them. Long story short, he invites us up to their room--we were truly, truly star struck, believe me!--and there sits Duane on the bed chatting with Greg and Johnnie. Our lead guitar player, David, asks Duane (this was immediately following Layla), &quot;So, Duane, what was it like playing with Clapton?&quot; Duane looks up and gives the coolest answer possible: &quot;Well, man, how did it sound?&quot; Blew us away, of course, and then he picks up the phone and says, &quot;I forgot I needed to call Eric,&quot; and promptly blows us away again by calling Clapton in England and talking for about 10 minutes. We played with many famous bands over the years, but I can tell you without fail that standing on the side of the stage watching Duane Allman play guitar is still one the highlights of my life. He was so totally amazing that I still get chills thinking about it.<br \><br \>Anyway, Jubilee, all those great times, all those great years in CH--we were truly as lucky as anyone could be.<br \><br \>Fast forward to UF in 1978; they had a similar event called the Halloween Ball, where the bands were not as famous but the students dressed up in amazing costumes. Unfortunately, that year many chose to wear Saran Wrap, and what with the popularity of Gainesville Green in those days, in 1979 they moved the show off campus and then I believe they cancelled it after that. It was more rowdy then musical. <br \><br \>Jubilee clearly remains king in my mind!<br \><br \>Cheers!

Esther      7:25 AM Fri 8/19/2011

Too many compliments too litlte space, thanks!

Diane M. Caella      7:10 PM Tue 7/12/2011

Awesome memories, GREAT TIMES, Clean good STRONG CAUSE&#39;S-brought me back so many years, like 40...... Thanks for the memories

Max Schrum      9:15 PM Fri 6/17/2011

Wasn&#39;t B.B. King there in 1970?

Jonathan Childres      10:40 AM Sun 1/16/2011

The photo of Duane Allman stating that The Allman Brothers Band &quot;...performing as the last act of the final UNC Jubilee May 1, 1971.&quot; is incorrect.<br \><br \>The Allman Brothers were the last act on Saturday night, it was a three day show. Tom Rush, on Sunday afternoon, was the last act of the final Jubilee as anyone who was there can attest.

RL CHHS '74 UNC '78      4:34 PM Tue 9/21/2010

I grew up in Chapel Hill and was fortunate to have an older brother who took me to Kenan Stadium for the 1970 Jubilee. It was quite an eye opener for a junior high schooler to see people smoking pot, humping in sleeping bags and vomiting in the bushes. The Chambers Brothers were fantastic, everyone was up dancing for &quot;Time Has Come Today.&quot; Music had a lot to do with the softening of racial attitudes of my generation.<br \><br \>After my brother went to Vietnam, it was up to me to get into Kenan and my friends and I were skinny enough to slip through the chained gates on the back side of the stadium. Joe Cocker was in the middle of his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and his band was stacked with great musicians, Jim Price, Bobby Keys, Carl Radle, Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. Someone had foolishly installed a water slide down the steps of Kenan next to the stage and one of my drunken classmates severely broke his leg when he missed the pool at the end of the slide. Joe Cocker was also drinking straight gin from a bottle and paused mid-song to vomit off the side of the stage.<br \><br \>The Sunday crowd for Blood Sweat and Tears was sparse, but they played a great set anyhow. The weather was warm and they were indeed sweating.<br \><br \>The last Jubilee was held on Navy Field. Some of my hoodlum friends contributed to its demise by taking wire cutters and removing a large chunk of fence on the west side in the bushes. It became a free concert after that. The biker element, a lot of the Broke Spoke from Durham, were not well behaved. As someone commented above, to see Duane Allman play in person was an incredible experience. We really did not know how good he was until after he had died.<br \><br \>In 1979, Jubilee was revived in the form of &quot;Spring Fest&quot; in Kenan Stadium. The stadium had no lights then and the organizers arranged candles in the far upper deck to spell out &quot;Spring Fest.&quot; The Spinners opened and they were boo&#39;d when they said &quot;hello, Raleigh, how y&#39;all doin&#39; out there?&quot; thinking they were in Raleigh because they flew into RDU. Jimmy Buffet did the evening show and someone cleverly rearranged the candles to spell &quot;Spring Fu#%&quot;<br \><br \>Oh, those were the days.

Neil Russell      4:06 PM Tue 8/10/2010

I was at the last Jubilee in 1971. It wasn&#39;t at Kenan Stadium, but on the practice football field next to Fetzer Field (the outdoor track). The day I went, they had Spirit, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Allman Brothers, and Chuck Berry, among others. Chuck did the original version of &quot;My Ding-a-Ling&quot;, which was &quot;My Tambourine&quot; . I saw the incident that led to the demise of Jubilee. About 10 minutes before the gate between Fetzer Field and the practice football field was set to open, the crowd rush the gate forcing it open. The was a Pinkerton security guard at the gate, who was knocked over backwards down the incline he was standing on, and seriously (and according to the papers, permanently) injured both wrists as he tried to break his fall. That unfortunately is a more powerful memory than the music.

Billy Sneeden      11:18 AM Tue 4/13/2010

Was really nice to find this site....been looking for some info on that concert for years.<br \>I live in Germany now....And tell people here and back home about the Chapel Hill festival that Muddy Waters John Lee Hooker and ya I agree with the other guy that said he was so into Duane Allman so was I, sooo Proud, that he came from the South.....<br \>Yes good stuff miss it soooooo

Patricia Fields Neubert      7:56 PM Mon 3/8/2010

Remember that old Chuck Barry song? Referring to Chapel Hill&#39;s Jubilee..<br \><br \>...way down South they had a Jublilee<br \>The countryfolks they had a jamboree,<br \>They&#39;re drinkin&#39; homebrew from a paper cup,<br \>The folks dancin&#39; they all shook up<br \>And started playin&#39; that<br \>Rock and roll music...<br \><br \>Etta james and Chuck Berry: http://www.lyrics.com/rock-and-roll-music-lyrics-chuck-berry.html<br \><br \>As my dad used to say, &quot;If you can survive Chapel Hill in the 60&#39;s, nothing will stop you&quot;.

Debbie Shoop      1:36 PM Mon 2/15/2010

This was one of the most fantastic memories of my adolescence. I was 17 and my best friend, Tony, was in his first year at Carolina -- he was dating one of my friends and we all (along with her cousin) spent several nights and days on the ground, on blankets, grooving with Grand Funk and PG &amp; E. Even though my band new beaded purse was stolen it was a great time. It&#39;s sad that, because of the violence of people now, these times cannot be repeated. Just one more loss for the kids of today.

Eddie      6:41 PM Sat 2/6/2010

OK, I can&#39;t edit my typos like Navy for Navey, there for ther but oh well, It may have been the effects of having been there in the day!;~))

Eddie      6:37 PM Sat 2/6/2010

I was ther in 69 (as a high school senior and that SOLD me on what had always been my dream school, and I grew up in a NCSU rural family;~), 70 and the grand finale in 1971 which I am pretty sure was at Navey Field not Kenan as someone remembered earlier. I recall that is 1971 there was a huge crowd (of non students that had traveled from all over to get in to the before Woodstock, Woodstock)outside the fence at Navey Field. I remember that they pushed until they knocked down the chain link fence and there were injuries. That is what I remember killing the festival. What a shame!!

Debi Jacobs      2:33 PM Sun 12/6/2009

Ah yes, the Jubilee of 1971! Mind altering substance or not I&#39;ll never forget my first Allman Brothers concert!! I was 20 years old. The first of many in the early 70&#39;s. I ended up living with one of their roadies. If they were playing within a 150 mile radius, I was there!

Ric Carter      6:05 PM Wed 10/28/2009

What great days they were.<br \><br \>That&#39;s my picture of Duane seen above. If you&#39;re interested, I&#39;ve posted some more pictures of Jubilee and Joe College over at &lt;http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/ricc/rockcollection/&gt;. It is still growing.<br \><br \>There are other events and times included there, but still, if you like old rock, you may enjoy a visit.

Charly Mann      1:31 PM Tue 10/20/2009

You are correct the Chambers Brothers did perform in the mid afternoon. I was there and recall the crowd was more than 6000 at that time. As you may recall spectators filled about half the field of Kenan stadium, as well as the seating on the south side of the stadium.<br \><br \>They did their classic song - &quot;Time has come Today&quot;, as well as &quot;People Get Ready&quot;.

Mary Hall Rodman      12:46 PM Tue 10/20/2009

I saw The Chambers Brothers perform an afternoon concert at Kenan in 1969. The crowd was small but enthusiastic. Surely that was part of Jubilee that year.

Phil Hawkins      12:23 AM Thu 7/30/2009

Correction; Blood Sweat and Tears played in 1970. Tolly was still bored.

Phil Hawkins      12:21 AM Thu 7/30/2009

I went to the last Jubilee held at Kenan Stadium in 10971, although no one at the time knew it was the last one. Blood Sweat and Tears played, and I couldn&#39;t see a thing. I went with my girlfriend at the time, Tolly Hyre. I suspect she could not have been more bored.

Bruce Roberts      11:50 AM Tue 7/14/2009

Every couple of months I search Google for anything on Jubilee, and I have never found a single piece about it. This is a goldmine with the songs. Thanks. I only went to one day of the actual Jubilee, but always wanted to know about its history.

Bobby Neuruth      3:35 PM Sat 7/11/2009

It saddens me that Chapel Hill lost both the Jubilee and Apple Chill Festival because of a few violent motorcycle gang members.

Little Ray      4:04 PM Fri 7/10/2009

I love the sparse rendition of Carolina in My Mind. Everytime I&#39;ve seen Taylor he has had a backup group of at least eight other people.

Al Percy      11:31 AM Fri 7/10/2009

I only made it to one Jubilee, and that was the last one in 71. Seeing Duane Allman play there just a few months before his untimely death was the musical highlight of my life.

James Clark      10:12 AM Thu 7/9/2009

I was one of the students in the crowd at the first Jubilee in 1963.<br \>It was a great time to be alive. President Kennedy was President and our nation had not become very involved in Vietnam. By the<br \>next Jubilee folk music was dead, Johnson was President, and the civil right movement was at its height in Chapel Hill.

Cindy Forbert      8:43 PM Wed 7/8/2009

This was way before my time at UNC, and I think it unfair that we did not get something comparable when I was in school (1991 to 1994).

Joe Clark      1:14 PM Wed 7/8/2009

It is wonderful coming home to Chapel Hill by way of the Internet. I live in Portland, Oregon now, and my sister told me about Chapel Hill Memories last night. There are so many great sights, stories, and sounds that take me home again. <br \>I hope you do a story on the Ken Willard era UNC football team that crushed Air Force 35 - 0 in the 1963 Gator Bowl.

Edward Traub      11:03 AM Wed 7/8/2009

Another almost forgotten event is Duke&#39;s JOE COLLEGE weekend. Just a few days before the last Jubilee on April 24, 1971, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Buddy Guy, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage played at an all day event at Wallace Wade Stadium. If my memory is correct, The Dead and The Beach Boys even played some together.

Nancy Stewart      9:02 AM Wed 7/8/2009

The highlight of my four years at Carolina was the 1970 Jubilee. Thanks for sharing the photos and JT singing his anthem to Chapel Hill.

To comment using your account, simply login or sign up above

Bite Sized Facts Link for Useful facts, financial success, universal truths, and great health info

Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



Check out Charly Mann's other website:
Oklahoma Birds and Butterflies


We need your help. Send your submissions, ideas, photos, and questions to CHMemories@gmail.com.





There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



We need your help. Send your submissions, ideas, photos, and questions to CHMemories@gmail.com.



Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



All rights reserved on Chapel Hill Memories photography and content

Contact us