The Schwag Returns to the Stage with Jimmy Tebeau, Fresh Out of Prison

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The Schwag: Reunited and it feels so good!

Notable St. Louis Grateful Dead tribute act the Schwag will be reuniting onstage with its newly released frontman Jimmy Tebeau on May 24 at the Pageant. Tickets go on sale April 11, and will be $10 each.

The show marks the first time the group has played altogether since Tebeau was incarcerated, and the members of the band couldn't be more happy about it.

"It will certainly be a joyous occasion!" says guitarist Sean Allen Canan excitedly (Tebeau is barred from giving interviews personally due to the conditions of his release).

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Jimmy Tebeau at Schwagstock
In October 2012, Tebeau was sentenced to 30 months in prison for "maintaining a drug-involved premises." Police allege he was complicit in the open-air drug market at Camp Zoe, the 350-acre property that served as both the home of music festival Schwagstock and where Tebeau lived with his wife and children. The land was seized by the federal government in Tebeau's court proceedings and sold for $640,000 to Missouri State Parks, which is converting it into a park for fishing, floating and hiking.

In late March, Tebeau was released from prison early and now lives at a halfway house, where he can see his family and, apparently, his bandmates.

"We've gotten together a couple of times now," says Canan, "and the band is sounding better than ever."

Tebeau served approximately one year of his sentence, and was released early for good behavior and for voluntarily enrolling in a program called RDAP, or "Residential Drug Abuse Program."

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Jimmy Tebeau

Watch a video of the Schwag performing live, below:

We spoke briefly with Canan about the upcoming show and the conditions that led to Tebeau's release. Interview on page two.

Continue to page two.

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18 comments
Linda Hose-Hicks
Linda Hose-Hicks

AWESOME.... WELCOME BACK MY FRIEND!!!! To the show that never ends.

Donald LaMacchia
Donald LaMacchia

Welcome back Jimmy, still talk about the Purple Haze / Green Acres cover you did at that party wayyyy back in college. lol

Jody KGrone
Jody KGrone

Nathan Danger Faatz Wendy Faatz Rhawn Soberts

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

Well if you know he got screwed, instead of saying "whoop dee do" (which implies 'hater' lol), maybe some respect would be better. I've never been to Schwag, nor even heard the band. However, you could smell corruption all over his situation. I feel sorry for the guy. And so what. He found a way to get and make money. Just because you didnt think it was "real" anymore, doesn't mean it wasn't for other's. Just being real. Why do people think every thing, person, place, etc needs their validation? People are soo quick to condemn, instead of lifting up. How about we all be realists. Just realize, your real, may not be someone else's. :)

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

LMFUCKINGASSO Steve Reinken, is that you playing the guitar, in the pic?

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

He should have never went to prison. The government fucked him. And stole the land, personal belongings, and finances for their own personal gain. The US government, true terrorist thugs, when it comes to Land and Money.

Jeep Naaked
Jeep Naaked

"the sentencing didn't seem to faze Tebeau too much" -- what a stupid thing to say RFT.... damn.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

He's the resident troll on RFT's page, pay him no mind.

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