Posts Tagged ‘Christmas Jam’

What a fantastic Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and Pre-jam this past weekend in Asheville! Many people were calling it the “best Jam yet” and remarked on the amazing community vibe with the staff, performers and fans coming together as one big family.  The event truly does feel like a reunion… and it doesn’t just start when Warren gets to town; there is a big buzz about it as soon as ticket sales are announced spurring a very quick sell out for this year’s event.  The week of the show Ashevillians start to clean out their houses and plot extra beds and floor space to squeeze everyone in; meanwhile, elsewhere people were busy making travel plans and/ or scrambling to find that list minute Christmas Jam miracle ticket for their friend.  This year’s event was truly exceptional and featured Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, Los Lobos, Bela Fleck, and Special Guests Mike Barnes, Jeff Chimenti, Bill Evans, Audley Freed, Jackie Greene, Jimmy Herring, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney, Brad Pemberton, Joe Russo, and Jeff Sipe.  After scouring the internet to see what videos folks have already posted in the two days since; I’ve posted a scattering of nice ones from the Jam and the Pre-Jam.

Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring. Photo by David Shehi with Honest Tune Magazine and Dopeless HOPE Imaging/Productions. Click the photo for more pics.

Here’s some great media from the show to check out:

Listen to the Govt Mule set taped by Z-Man for Panic Stream: http://panicstream.net/streams/govt_mule/2011_12_10/player.html

Asheville’s Mountain Xpress writer Joseph Chapman posted a wonderful review and photos from the Jam

Hidden Track’s Scott Bernstein posted some video, setlists and a review

An awesome review and photos by Dino Perrucci on Jambase

Fred Mill’s review in Blurt Magazine

Wonderful Shots by Allison Murphy Photography

Great Review by Tony Kiss and Photos by John Coutlakis in the Asheville Citizen Times.

Video Recaps by rohbear4 posted on the Shakedown Blog


Warren sang “And it Stoned Me” to kick off the jam:

Closing Song of the Jam: 

Warren sings “Rivers Gonna Rise”

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All year long, Larry and Jenny Keel & friends support lots of great causes including the cause AGAINST mountaintop removal with Appalachian Voices; pick up an “I Love Mountains” sticker at one of their shows!  Last weekend, on Nov 27th, Larry and his brother Gary Keel played the Annual Toys for Tots Party to benefit the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence. The Keels are involved in two other music-filled benefits for the holiday season as well -see below for press release details- please join them if you’re in the areas!

The Work’s 9th Annual Christmas Jam Benefit Show Saturday, December 18th

The Greenville based, six-piece band The Work return to The Handlebar again for their 9th Annual Christmas Jam Benefit Show, an Upstate tradition since 2002. This Feature Holiday Event will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC and all proceeds raised go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, a “home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals.”

This year’s Christmas Jam will feature music by The Work, with performances by a veritable treasure trove of guest musicians. And this is part of the allure of the event, the ever changing line-up of musicians. According to Craig Sorrells, “every Christmas Jam brings great memories for me with the completely unusual arrangement of musicians that come and perform with us.” The band is very excited about this year’s line- up as it includes such world renowned musicians as: Larry & Jenny KeelCurtis Burch (New Grass Revival), Tom Gray (Delta Moon), and many more to be announced. Also joining this year will be several regional & local musicians including, but not limited to the Shane Pruitt BandDoug Jones (Cravin’ Melon), Jonathan LloydJeff HollandViolet & The Beauredarde’sTez Sherrard, plus many others. As well, there will be special surprise guest musicians making appearances during Christmas Jam.

In its previous 8 years of operation, The Work’s Christmas Jam has raised $40,000 for local charities.


Keller Williams’10th Annual SPCA Benefit on Sunday December 26th

Before the NYE run kicks-off, Keller Williams brings his three-set extravaganza to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his annual holiday concert to benefit the SPCA. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the event, which will take place on December 26 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller has invited local marching band Elby Brass to join the show for set break music. 100% of the concert’s profits will go to support The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA. Less than 3% of The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA’s budget is received from the City of Fredericksburg, forcing the branch to rely almost solely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events like this. The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter whose mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter.
  • Set I will be reggae, dub and funk versions of Keller favorites with Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums and Keller on bass
  • Set II will feature the bluegrass stylings of Larry Keel on guitar and his wife Jenny on bass with Keller playing his mini twelve-string (wanna-be mandolin) guitar.
  • And Set III will be old school Keller on acoustic guitar with his trademark looped-out dance grooves. Big screen video visuals will be provided by Scott Sunn.
Find out more about Keller’s holiday tour here.

Show Specifics:
Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2010
Fredericksburg Regional SPCA Benefit
Fredericksburg Field House in Fredericksburg, VA
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
$25, All ages

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