Jimmy Tebeau Released from Prison, The Schwag Announce First Reunion Show
Grateful Dead tribute act The Schwag will headline a show at The Pageant in St. Louis on May 24. It will be the band’s first show since frontman Jimmy Tebeau was released from prison last month.
As previously reported, Tebeau was sentenced to 30 months in prison in October of 2012 after the DEA raided his Camp Zoe property, which had been home to a number of Schwagstock festivals over the years. Since the agency was never able to prove that Tebeau bought or sold drugs himself, they decided to prosecute him under a broader statute—“maintaining a drug-involved premises”—that makes it a crime to knowingly allow drug sales on one’s property. The federal government then invoked asset forfeiture laws to confiscate Camp Zoe, which Missouri State Parks is now turning into a public park for fishing, hiking and floating.
The Riverfront Times is reporting that Tebeau got his sentence reduced thanks to a plea deal and good behavior. The bassist was released from federal prison in March. He has since been staying in a St. Louis halfway house, where he is able to see his family, friends and bandmates.
Tickets for The Schwag’s return will go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10am.