This was the second night of the 20th Anniversary Christmas Jam. While the first night was long and epic, the second night proved to be even longer and more jam packed.
I basically went solo this night. My wife could only handle one night of jams, but I had friends who were there so I was able to hang out with them for most of the night (although they did leave early, and I stayed to the very end, which was around 4:30 am). The headliners for this night were Steve Earle, Johnny Winter, Coheed and Cambria, Michael Franti, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, John Paul Jones, and Gov’t Mule. In addition, there was a plethora of guest musicians forming impromptu groups and sitting in with the other bands.
When Warren opened the show, playing an acoustic number with Ruthie Foster, he informed the crowd that there would be something special at the end of the night, and to make sure to stay. I did not need much convincing.
After that, the “Xmas Jam Band” played for a while, playing some great songs and bring up lots of special guests.
Steve Earle played next. He was really good and I gained a whole new level of appreciation for his music.
Not long after Earle, Johnny Winter took the stage. I had seen him once years ago, and it was not his best night, but it felt kind of special to see him this time. He was pretty sickly, and was literally assisted out on the stage and placed in a chair. Then his classic Gibson Firebird was brought out and placed in his hands, and he proceeded to wail. This would be my last time seeing the legendary bluesman, may he rest in peace.
Next up was Coheed & Cambria. I was kind of looking forward to seeing these guys because I’d heard great things about them, but I have to say, I was disappointed. Maybe they were having an off night, but they just didn’t do it for me.
Michael Franti followed, and he got the place on their feet and dancing. John Paul Jones (the great Led Zeppelin bassist), played with him for almost the entire set. While the friends I was did not care for his set, I personally really enjoyed it. Hey, to each their own.
Ben Harper performed next, and he was great. This was my first time seeing him, and he totally lived up to my expectations. The fact that I was still rockin’ in the early morning hours is a testament to his set.
Finally, the closing event of the night: Gov’t Mule’s set. They played a few cover tunes with some guest musicians, and then brought out John Paul Jones to do a mini Zeppelin set to close the night. Totally rocked the house!
It took me a couple days to recover from all that music, but it was well worth the lack of sleep. Here is the full setlist from the night’s multiple performances.
WARREN HAYNES & RUTHIE FOSTER:
- Grinnin’ In Your Face
XMAS JAM BAND (Audley Freed, Jen Gunderman, Buddy Cage, Kevn Kinney, Fiddle Dave, Robert Kearns, Edwin McCain, Mickey Raphael):
- Blues on Top of Blues
- Straight To Hell
- Free Fallin (w/ Patterson Hood)
- Dreams To Remember (w/ Joan Osborne & Horns*)
- TCB (w/ Robben Ford, Joan Osborne, Eric Krasno & Horns*)
- Chain of Fools (w/ Ruthie Foster, Robben Ford, Joan Osborne, Karl Denson, Ron Holloway, Eric Krasno)
- When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (w/ Joan Osborne, Warren Haynes & Horns*)
- Tumblin’ Dice (w/ Ruthie Foster)
* Karl Denson, Ron Holloway, Derrick Johnson, Craig Sorrells
- Copperhead Road
- Christmas In Washington
- My Old Friend The Blues
- Guitar Town (w/ Warren Haynes)
- Gotta Serve Somebody (w/ Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Joan Osborne, Travis Tritt & Ruthie Foster)
- Brand New Companion (w/ Mickey Raphael & Warren Haynes)
- Serve Somebody
- Paul Nelson Jam (Intro)
- I Used To Love Her But It’s All Over Now (w/ Warren Haynes)
- Mojo Boogie
COHEED AND CAMBIRA:
- No World For Tomorrow
- Gravemakers & Gunslingers
- Mother Superior
- Favor House Atlantic (acoustic)
- I Shall Be Released (w/ Warren Haynes)
- Welcome Home (w/ Warren Haynes)
MICHAEL FRANTI & JAY BOWMAN (FRED ELTRINGHAM ON DRUMS):
- Love Don’t Wait (w/ John Paul Jones, Robben Ford & Mickey Raphael)
- Sweet Little Lies (w/ John Paul Jones, Robben Ford & Mickey Raphael)
- All I Want Is You (w/ John Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Mickey Raphael & Eric Krasno)
- Hey World (w/ John Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Mickey Raphael & Eric Krasno)
- I Got Love For You (w/ John Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Mickey Raphael & Ron Holloway)
- Say Hey
BEN HARPER & RELENTLESS 7:
- Number No Name
- Lay There
- Better Way
- Fly 1 Time
- Keep It Together
- Dressed In Black
- Up To You Now
- Good Times, Bad Times (w/ John Paul Jones)
- Southern Man (w/ Patterson Hood)
- Lively Up Yourself (w/ Karl Denson & Robben Ford)
- Simple Man (w/ Travis Tritt)
- Livin’ Lovin’ Maid (w/ John Paul Jones)
- Since I’ve Been Loving You (w/ John Paul Jones)
- No Quarter (w/ John Paul Jones on keys & Audley Freed)
- The Ocean (w/ John Paul Jones on bass, Ben Harper & Mike Barnes)
- When The Levee Breaks (w/ Ben Harper & John Paul Jones on bass)