Warren Haynes Christmas Jam: 12/21/2002

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.

Main Acts:

  • Gov’t Mule
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  • Moe.
  • Bob Weir
  • John Hiatt and The Goners

Special Guests:

  • 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.

Rock on!

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