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Say hello to Jubilo, a new music festival in Richmond

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Jubilo Music and Arts Festival

Noon Sept. 14-16 at Fort Boones borough State Park, 4375 Boonesboro Rd., Richmond. $25 daily. (859) 575-4148.

Festival season remains in full swing. Sandwiched between last weekend's Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival in Harrodsburg and next week's locally driven Boomslang, we have the debut of the Jubilo Music and Arts Festival in Richmond.

The setting will be Fort Boonesborough State Park, and the music, a mix of regional favorites and strong national headliners that runs through Sunday, leans to folk- fortified jam bands. The featured artists will include:

Unknown Hinson (Friday night): Born Stuart Daniel Baker, the artist known as Unknown Hinson has been performing in Lexington and Louisville clubs so long that you would swear he was Bluegrass-born. He still favors noir-shaded roots music on record and a stage profile that has him looking like a cross between Conway Twitty and Bela Lugosi.

Darrell Scott (Saturday): The London native has been a songwriting sensation for years, having penned country hits such as You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive. But in recent years, Scott has split his time between a long-running solo career and an extended tenure as an instrumentalist in Robert Plant's Band of Joy.

Moon Taxi (Saturday): A wildly popular, prog-leaning jam band, Moon Taxi was formed in Nashville by students at Belmont University (guitarist Spencer Thomson is a Bowling Green native). The band is touring behind its third and newest album, Cabaret.

Bonepony (Saturday): A popular Kentucky festival draw for more than a decade and a regional club favorite for even longer, the Maryland-bred Bonepony has favored a mix of roots-inspired tradition and arena rock bravado. Vocalist Scott Johnson still fronts the band.

The festival actually got under way Thursday night. For a complete lineup of the performances and happenings that will keep Jubilo running all weekend, go to

Enter Boomslang

■ The fourth annual Boomslang festival begins Thursday at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue, with the New York hip-hop troupe known as Das Racist. Lacing topical themes with abundant humor, the team of Himanshu Suri, who performs as Heems, Victor Vazquez (Kool A.D.) and Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell) is following its 2011 album Relax with what it calls the American Rap Songs Tour 2012 (10 p.m., $15). Call (859) 309-9499.

What's to come

It probably seems strange that one of the things we're recommending this weekend is to start making plans for next weekend. That's because Sept. 21 through 23 will sport what might prove to be the busiest concert traffic of the fall.

We will be outlining everything in more detail in next week's Weekender. But here is what you have to make time for.

■ Boomslang will be in full swing with performances throughout downtown, beginning with Deerhoof at Cosmic Charlie's on Sept. 21 and culminating with the '90s-era alt-rock of The Jesus and Mary Chain at Buster's Billiards & Backroom on Sept. 23. (

■ Two nights of free music highlight Christ the King Oktoberfest at Christ the King Cathedral. Headliners include Riders in the Sky with Coralee and the Townies on Sept. 21 and Jim Lauderdale with a duo set by Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on Sept. 22. (

■ Sept. 23 brings the profoundly stark, emotive and literate music of Mary Gauthier to Cosmic Charlie's. (

■ Two generations and genres of soul take over the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. Al Green stirs up the vintage R&B on Sept. 21, while the percussive thunder of The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi will wake up the neighbors Sept.23. (