Mountain Jam carried on yesterday with sunshine and laid-back vibes nestled in the quaint ski town of Hunter Mountain, New York. An early daytime set from fast-rising funk/soul outfit Con Brio kicked things off on a high note, getting everyone dancing and into the groove, fueled by frontman Ziek McCarter’s powerful pipes and James Brown-esque stage presence. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, always a fun daytime party, took the stage shortly after to keep the energy high and get the crowd going.
Nearby, a screening of Lettuce’s documentary Let Us Play took place in Healy Hall, followed by an engaging Q & A with the band and producer/L4LM Founder Kunj Shah. Lettuce would later take the stage twice, making it funky for an early evening set on the Valley Stage, followed by an indoor late night rager that closed the evening’s festivities.
In the meantime, Warren Haynes stepped up to playe a last minute solo set, replacing Gary Clark Jr. after he was forced to cancel his set due to a family emergency. Warren played a varied setlist, digging into his catalog to play songs such as “Spots of Time” from his Ashes & Dust record, “Old Friend,” blues standard “It Hurts Me Too,” “Patchwork Quilt,” and a cover of U2‘s “One.”
Later on, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats played a rousing set on the Mountain stage, followed by up-and-comers Houndmouth on the Valley stage.
Perhaps the most anticipated act of the day, Beck was afforded an extra 30 minutes after Gary Clark’s cancellation. With that in mind, the alternative rock superstar wasted no time, working the crowd to a frenzy with opening trio of “Devil’s Haircut,” “Black Tambourine,” and his 90s mega-hit “Loser.” Beck is an unpredictable artist, and his live show reflects that, playing tracks from seven of his albums, jumping from the sample-heavy hip hop of “Qué Onda Güero” to the acoustic reflection of “Paper Tiger” from Sea Change, to the glitchy, game-boy remix of “Hell Yes” called “Ghettochip Malfunction.” Beck even dropped covers of Prince‘s “1999” and “Raspberry Beret”, and Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”
With the extra time he was afforded, Beck decided to play a few extra tunes from his Grammy-winning album Morning Phase, playing album single “Blue Moon” and the harmonic “Say Goodbye.” The legendary songwriter closed his set with the amazing combo of “Sexx Laws” and “E-Pro,” with a lone encore of his biggest song, “Where It’s At.”
Check out photos from Saturday at Mountain Jam below, courtesy of photographer Patrick Hughes and his Faces Of Festivals!