Inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree
Announces Artists for June 1 - 3 Event

Debut Music & Camping Festival Confirms Michael Franti & Spearhead
Keller Williams, Acoustic Syndicate, Donna the Buffalo & More
For Asheville Area Gathering at Deerfields Amphitheater

The inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree announced the lineup for a music festival featuring more than thirty bands on two stages over three days June 1-3 at Deerfields Amphitheater. Located just outside of Asheville in Mills River, NC, the debut event features the musical talents of such noteworthy nationally-touring performers as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams & the WMD's, The Avett Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Acoustic Syndicate, Asheville's own Toubab Krewe along with dozens of additional acts.

Complementing its impressive headliners the Asheville Music Jamboree also features appearances by Afromotive, Booty Band, Barrel House Mamas, CX-1, Menage, Jen & The Juice, Barefoot Manner, Ras Alan and The Lions, The Bridge, DJ Williams Projekt, Purple Schoolbus, Fifth House, Bombadil, Sol Driven Train, Artvandalay, Incognito Mosquito, Thacker Dairy Road, Possum Jenkins, The Lost Ridge Band and additional acts still to be added.

The climate, scenery and welcoming openness of the people of Asheville capture the hearts of poets, painters, princes and paupers alike. Regardless of status or standing, people are drawn to the mountain community from across the nation, sharing their talents and ideas creating a cultural tapestry enormously rich in diversity and unrivaled beauty.

The Asheville Music Jamboree embraces that diversity and beauty inviting patrons from all walks of life to enjoy an eclectic mix of world-class musical entertainment while celebrating the unique sense of community among its intimate setting of rolling hills and bountiful apple orchards. Additionally, the event provides a wealth of interactive children's activities, varied cuisine alternatives, artistic crafts and wares, along with camping options in a subdued natural setting.

Music and dance devotees of all ages gather to make new friends and renew old relationships. Children will laugh and sing and share and learn. Couples will stroll by sparkling ponds as the festival's sounds and pageantry unfurl around them. Families will tuck away their laptops and gaming systems to rediscover the simple pleasure of each other's company.

Everyone is invited to join the Jamboree and help create an event that mirrors the true attraction of Asheville: its picturesque scenery, unbridled talent, spirited discourse and limitless hospitality.

Gates open Friday, June 1 at 9 a.m., children 12 and under are free with paid parent admission.

Tickets are available now via the festival website: and are at the $95 level until April 8, the $110 level until May 15, and $125 at the gate. Tickets include primitive camping and vehicle camping is $35 in advance, $45 at the gate while RV camping is $75 in advance and $90 at the gate.

Full information regarding tickets, artists, schedules, camping, family activities, and more can be found at More information on the Deerfields Amphitheater is available at

[Published on: 4/3/07]

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manjotar starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 12:27PM
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amazzzzzzing venue!
i saw toubab krewe there two years ago and they blew me away!
haven't been back since, so,
i think i'm gonna have to hit this up...

ManyRoads starstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 12:36PM
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Same weekend as mountain jam...guess no keller in ny. franti and spearhead is also booked at mj??? I need to make it to asheville sometime.

Barry1Garcia starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 03:18PM
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UMMMMM, Hello Jambase they announced that a while ago. It was listed in your festival guide like four days ago. I'm definitely going though. K-DUB!!!! Asheville is supposed to be a great place I've got some friends there. Can't wait to go

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 04:04PM
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Good point, ManyRoads I was thinking the same thing. We're headed to Mountain Jam again this year and Franti & Spearhead are pretty much the main reason besides seeing the Mule. But you gotta give Michael and the band credit... I swear to God they are playing at every festival listed this summer!!!

wierath starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 06:55PM
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I will deff be going to see Acoustic syndicatE, they have not toured in about 3 years and olny have 2 other shows lined up.

Billy D. Lyons starstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 06:58PM
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Billy D. Lyons

Where the Funk is GFE?!?

jamos76 Tue 4/3/2007 08:04PM
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i know its not smilefest... im one of the few thats had a great time at smilefest for the past 6 years with no problems...but wheres the bluegrass man...gimme some good grass...wouldnt want to visit asheville without the KEELS

MoeString Tue 4/3/2007 08:04PM
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AsheVegas baby... I love that place. enjoy everyone enjoy...

jolmsted starstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 09:47PM
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Will definitely be there. Keller's the main reason.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Wed 4/4/2007 05:52AM
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people know your rights>

deffmidget starstarstar Wed 4/4/2007 06:44AM
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Tickets are way pricey for a somewhat mediocre line-up. Don't get me wrong, I love Franti and Spearhead, but Keller bores me to tears. Sorry to all you K-Dub fanatics.
There will be some pretty good local talent to look out for though. I live in Asheville and have seen a bunch of these bands a number of times. Barrelhouse Mamas is a group of gorgeous women doing catchy, folksy tunes. Jen and the Juice is jazzy, funky goodness. Afromotive is in your face quality Afrobeat. It's still too expensive, though.

linsbee314 Wed 4/4/2007 07:12AM
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To deffmidget and all you other tools on other postings - You need to stop bitchin about the prices for these festivals. You think these bands work for free? You think this thing is held on free land and organized by people working for free?

If you want to see all this in one wonderful place, then this is what it costs. If you want to stick to your local scene and $6 covers in a smokey bar, then do that. For me, $95 bucks is just about the cheapest vacation I could ask for.

Get a fucking job and quit bitching about the minimal cost for a peaceful weekend with kind people and exceptional music! Peace.

Innaheights starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/4/2007 07:24AM
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Yea Helms has got it right.
Where the funk is GFE.
They rep ashville.
They will be there.

raga Wed 4/4/2007 05:10PM
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linsbee -

whoaa...ease up. I think he brings up a valid point, this festival does not have the names to back up such a pricetag. I got my Langerado tix for 110 bucks and this lineup is dwarfed by acts such as trey, wsp, my morning jacket, sts9, biscuits, etc. And that was in Florida which is def more expensive then asheville. I mean Franti and Keller are good but they're not huge headliners by any means. I think this fest should be like $75 honestly.

overall Wed 4/4/2007 07:32PM
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If people are looking for a math-driven event that treats its attendees like cattle, creates inflated food and drink prices by demanding that vendors kick back 90% of their gross sales, and subsidizes ticket costs by selling its soul to the highest corporate bidder, they probably won't feel comfortable at AMJam.

But if folks are into fantastic music without ridiculous crowd sizes, this festival is for them. If they're into camping in a gorgeous mountain setting, in tent sites of limitless size, this festival is for them. And if they're into supporting regional environmental concerns and local sustainability projects, not because it looks cool or appeases the local cops, but because it's the right thing to do, then this festival is for them.

Web forums are always peppered with nay-sayers. But I have faith in the more positive majority of Asheville-area music lovers and Jambase readers in general. This is going to be one unbelievably good time.

jefferson420 Thu 4/5/2007 01:35AM
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Hey Now,
Asheville is nice. It can be pricey, but you can stay in a dive downtown cheap. (lock your car doors!!!) Friendly folks everywhere, cool pubs, live music. The price is for a great venue outside Asheville. So don't think your near the city. Enjoy!!

cavemandan Thu 4/5/2007 02:34PM
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Yeah I would put a conservitive estimate at a keller - spearhead headliner at maybe $32.50... ad 15 for camping so maybe $50 tops.... if you do the math these festivals bring in sick amount of money.... the bands don't make 1/2 as much as the promoters.... i like festys that the bands organize...always seems more fun than somebody just doing it for the money... i heard the police scene is sketchy in assville?.... be careful if you have out of state tags because i know first hand that carolina is a nazi if they would add BIsco I woul dsay $100 a ticket was underpriced

mattland Thu 4/5/2007 09:59PM
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I've heard bad stories about Ashville cops but I always have a good time there. My last visit was for Xmas Jam and the atmosphere there was real chill. There was a police presence but they weren't busting any balls.

This fest is a little expensive, especially when the best band is Toubab. It is beautiful country for camping, though.

Benzino starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 08:54AM
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come all....a-ville is one of the coolest towns in the country

Makisupa_McGee starstarstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 05:28PM
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well, my brother got arrested at a WSP show back in 98 - we were still in high school and he was only like 16. some dick undercover saw him score some nug and busted the hell out of him. haha, its kind of funny thinking back on how it went down. i agree tho that asheville is the best place or one of em. Live in SF bay are for 7 yrs now and love it to death, but could also see moving there some sunny day...

Makisupa_McGee starstarstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 05:29PM
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woops, meant to say that that WSP show in 98 was in Asheville

sandsclark starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/7/2007 08:29AM
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The Deerfields is one of the best venues in the southeast. No matter how hot it gets in the summer the two mountain lakes cool you right off. One of the few places you can float around on a raft and listen to your favorite jam band play!

cavemandan Sat 4/7/2007 02:17PM
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that sounds sweet

barnylee starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/8/2007 05:14AM
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Y'all gotta check out the Bridge, if you haven't yet!

yemmw Sun 4/8/2007 07:24PM
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Is Asheville a heady Utopia?

chasetc20 starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/9/2007 08:43AM
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ashville is def a hippie utopia, i lived there for a year in school and it was one of the chillest places ive ever lived, such a good line up such a cool place w chill music lovers everywhere .. the buds nice to

baxter starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/15/2007 05:36PM
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I agree with 'overall'
A good time will be had by all. Can't beat the crowd, the venue, the vibe, the tunes.

Pretty Girl In The Curve Sun 5/6/2007 12:24PM
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I think Asheville is such a chill town. I love visiting there. We were there during the Bele Chere last year and it was great. Never been to Deerfields but looking forward to it. Can't wait to see The Avett. Bros., Keller, & Toubab Krewe.

Hootdaddy Sat 5/26/2007 10:40AM
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I have two extras and a vehicle camping pass up on craigslist Asheville under tickets if you are looking. Under face for the package.