Christmas Jam ’17: Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, Avett Brothers, more


The annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is set for Dec. 9 and it looks like another great line-up. Here’s the press release.

Warren Haynes’ 29th Annual Christmas Jam is once again taking over Asheville, NC’s U.S. Cellular Center on December 9, 2017, where an incredible line-up of artists will take the stage in Haynes’ hometown for a good cause in the spirit of the holidays. One of the most celebrated and longest-running live concerts in the U.S., the Christmas Jam is a beloved tradition that brings together the Asheville community with performing artists, volunteers and friends from all over the country to raise funds for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

For the 19th year in a row, proceeds from the Jam will go toward constructing energy-efficient new houses (36 houses have been built so far) as well as purchasing and developing land for entire Habitat subdivisions. To date, more than 2 million dollars has been raised by the Jam for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. This year’s Christmas Jam House will be built in Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s newest neighborhood, a 21-house community in Arden (South Asheville).

This year’s Christmas Jam line-up will include sets by: Gov’t Mule who will be joined by Ann Wilson of Heart as a special guest for a portion of their set, Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, The Avett Brothers, Les Bros., Blackberry Smoke and Margo Price. Special Guest musicians sitting in throughout the evening include Jake Shimabukuro, Holly Bowling, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Kevn Kinney, and Mike Barnes with more to be announced!

Offering musical pairings that cannot be seen anywhere else and many special guests, the Jam is always a not-to-be-missed evening and unforgettable live experience. This year’s Jam-goers can look forward to Phish founding member Trey Anastasio returning to the Jam stage for the first time since 2005, this time bringing his fan favorite Classic TAB with Tony Markellis (bass), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards) and Russ Lawton (drums). After a critically acclaimed collaboration at this year’s LOCKN’ festival Ann Wilson of Heart will once again join Mule onstage for a portion of their set, making her first-ever Jam appearance. Fans will also bear witness to a set by Les Bros., an all-star group comprised of Allman Brothers Band members Jaimoe, Marc Quiñones, and Jack Pearson, as well as longtime collaborators including Lamar Williams Jr., and Bruce Katz.

“Xmas Jam By Day” events and concerts will pop up around Asheville and feature special collaborations alongside some of the best local musicians plus the annual art show. Attendees will also have the opportunity to give back during the annual “Before The Jam, Lend A Hand” event where fans, staff and artists come together and volunteer to help build the houses made possible by Christmas Jam donations. Stay up-to-date on Christmas Jam info as more details are announced on the website, Facebook and Twitter