This was the first of what would be many Christmas Jams for me. Since this date, I have not missed a single Christmas Jam (15 years so far, and counting). The Christmas Jam is a benefit concert hosted by Warren Haynes and happens each year in his hometown of Asheville, NC. All money goes to Habitat for Humanity, and he always has a stellar lineup of musicians, who take turns jamming together in unique combinations. It is heaven for the music enthusiast.
At the time of this show, I had my own business, so I was working a lot. But I took the evening off and went to the show with my wife and business partner. We also bought tickets for staff as a holiday gift, though not all showed up (I think some sold the tickets and pocketed the money).
Anyway, it was a marathon musical evening. I was not able to stay until the end, but I lasted until after 1:00 am. Pretty much, I saw everyone except Gov’t Mule, which was fine with me, since I would see them almost every year after that.
Here is the list of bands and musical guests who performed.
- Gov’t Mule
- Robert Randolph & The Family Band
- Bob Weir
- John Hiatt and The Goners
- Rob Barraco
- DJ Logic
- Audley Freed
- Jerry Joseph
- Col. Bruce Hampton
- Kevn Kinney
- Sonny Landreth
- John Molo
- Edwin McCain
- Dave Schools
I tried to find the setlists online, but no luck. High points I remember was Robert Randolph performing “Shake Your Hips” (a Rolling Stones classic) and Bob Weir’s set which included “Shakedown Street,” “Truckin’,” and “The Other One.”
Wish I had more to share. All I can say is it was a great time, and I was hooked on the Christmas Jam after my first taste.