Today, Warren Haynes has announced the lineup for the 2017 edition of Christmas Jam, Haynes’ annual Holiday season benefit show. The 2017 edition of the self-proclaimed “magical musical marathon,” set to take place on December 9th at US Cellular Center in Haynes’ hometown of Asheville, NC, will feature performances from Haynes’ own Gov’t Mule (with a special appearance by Ann Wilson), Trey Anastasion & Classic TAB (his original touring solo lineup ft. Tony Markellis, Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton), The Avett Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, and a “new” band dubbed Les Bros. featuring past Allman Brothers and Les Brers members Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bruce Katz, in addition to featured guest spots from fan-favorite players including Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Holly Bowling, and many more.
Curated and presented by Grammy Award-winning vocalist-songwriter, producer and revered guitarist Warren Haynes, the Christmas Jam is a one-of-a-kind music marathon.Since its inception 29 years ago, the concert has provided an opportunity for the performing artists, audience and the local community to give back during the holiday season. Over the past 19 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. To date, 36 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam and more than 2 million dollars has been raised, including a record-breaking half-million dollars marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. In addition to supporting the construction of Habitat homes, proceeds also go towards purchasing and developing land to build entire Habitat neighborhoods – such as the 25-house Hudson Hills neighborhood in West Asheville. The subdivision was named in honor of Warren and his wife Stefani’s son Hudson. And the street – Soulshine Court – is named after one of Warren’s most beloved songs, “Soulshine.” This year’s Xmas Jam House will be built in Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity‘s newest neighborhood, a 21-house community in Arden (South Asheville).
Pre-sale tickets, including a limited number of 4-packs and VIP packages are available via the event website this Thursday, October 19th. Public on-sale begins the following Thursday, October 26th.
“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 Christmas Jam website.
Watch the official announcement video for the 29th annual Christmas Jam below:
[Cover Photo via Andrew O’Brien]