Meet the Fest

Meet M’buto – Storytelling with the Count

Get Off the Grid Fest would like to welcome M’buto – Storytelling with the Count!

Count M’butu was born Harold L. Jones in Georgia in 1945.  As a young boy, he sang in the church choir and from that moment on he could see the sun.  He knew that music would be his future.  But, it wouldn’t be until many years later that the Count was able to fulfill his dream.

After studying music at Georgia State, he was invited to Nigeria to continue his studies.  The sights and sounds of Africa’s beautiful green surroundings awakened deep spiritual feeling for the Count.  He knew he was on the right path.  While in Africa, the Count not only learned more about playing drums, he also learned the art of drum making.

In the late 80’s, the Count met underground legend Col. Bruce Hampton, with whom he toured and recorded for five years.  In the last few years, the Count has shared the stage with artists wuch as Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, The Allman Brothers, Phish and Edward McCain, among many others.

Count M’butu will be accompanied by Jeff Sipe during Storytelling with the Count on the Main Stage Saturday at 10:30.  He will also play with Jeff Mosier during Jeff’s set on Friday at 9:30.

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