Haynes Xmas Jam Adds Events, Players

 

Jam By Day concerts
announced.

 

By Fred Mills

 

With BLURT being based in North Carolina – despite our
extremely decentralized office structure, two of the editors as well as the
publisher/CEO currently call themselves Tarheels – it’s no understatement when
we say that the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, about to hit the #23 mark
in Haynes’ hometown of Asheville, NC, and as always a benefit for the regional
chapter of Habitat For Humanity, is on of our must-attend yearly events
alongside SXSW and Bonnaroo. The Jam happens this coming weekend, December 10,
at the Asheville Civic Center,
along with the invite-only pre-Jam Jam held the night before at local club the
Orange Peel (which will be broadcast over the airwaves and internet, as usual,
by our friends at WNCW-FM, starting Friday evening, Dec. 9, at about 6pm).

 

Joining the previously announced heavy-hitters (Haynes’ band
Gov’t Mule, plus Phil Lesh & Friends, Los Lobos and Bela Fleck) at the Jam
proper will be guests Mike Barnes, Jeff Chimenti, Bill Evans, Audley Freed,
Jackie Greene, Jimmy Herring, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney, Brad Pemberton, Joe
Russo and Jeff Sipe. Many of them will no doubt turn up at the pre-Jam Jam as
well. The event, incidentally, sold out this year in record time, quickly
surpassing ticket sales for all of its 22 predecessors.

 

In a recent story about the Jam, local daily paper the Asheville Citizen-Times cited a few
choice numbers:

 

1988 – first year of the Haynes Jam

$5 – cost of ticket to 1st Jam

$56 – cost of ticket to this year’s Jam

$100 – asking price for ticket on Craigslist (eBay average
is also about $100)

$950,000 – donated by the Jam to Asheville Area Habitat For
Humanity

17 – number of Habitat homes built with Jam donations

 

Meanwhile, the organizers recently announced a slew of
daytime events that Jam attendees and folks who weren’t lucky enough to score
tickets alike can check out. Those are listed below – to all our friends coming
in from out of town, welcome to Asheville, and
we’ll see you at the Jam.

 

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CHRISTMAS JAM ART SHOW @ THE SATELLITE GALLERY

55 Broadway
Street, Asheville, NC

Photos & Art from Stewart O’Sheilds, Dino Perrucci,
Allison Murphy, David Oppenheimer, Gary Houston, Steve Johannsen, Jeff Wood
& Many More.

 

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KEVN KINNEY’S ALL STAR ACOUSTIC JAM @ THE L.A.B.

39 North
Lexington Avenue (music at noon each day)

 

Friday December 9th

Kevn Kinney

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Granpappy

The Nova Echo

Velvet Truckstop

Ray Sisk

American Babies

Tall Tall Trees

 

Saturday December 10th

Kevn Kinney

Edwin McCain

Ray Sisk

The XL’s

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Jabe

Keith Gattis

 

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THE EMERALD LOUNGE

112 North
Lexington Avenue

 

Saturday December 10th

Doors: 12pm

Jeff Santiago: 1pm

The XL’s: 2pm

Leroy Justice: 3pm

Velvet Truckstop: 4pm

 

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THE ASHEVILLE
MUSIC HALL

31 Patton
Avenue

 

Saturday December 10th

Tall Tall Trees: 1pm

Jackie Greene & Friends* : 2pm

The Nova Echo: 3pm

American Babies: 4pm

 

* Jackie Greene, Audley Freed, Jabe, Brad Pemberton, Robert
Kearns & More

 

 

 Additional reading:

 

“20 Years of Xmas
Jams” (from 2008)

 

Warren Haynes
Christmas Jam 2009 (from 2009)

 

“Feel Good Hit of
Winter: 22nd Haynes Jam” (from 2010)

 

 

 

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