Earlier this year it was revealed that this year's Christmas Jam would be expanded to two days in celebration
the event's 25th anniversary. Today, the lineup for the 25th annual Christmas Jam has been
revealed and includes Aquarium Rescue Unit, Michael Franti, Gov't Mule, Grace
Potter & The Nocturnals, Keb Mo, OAR (Of A Revolution), Phil Lesh Quintet and The John
Scofield Uberjam Band as well as special guests Bill Evans, Ron Holloway
Kinney. The event is scheduled to take place at Asheville, NC's US Cellular
Center on December 13 and 14.
ARU's appearance at Christmas Jam marks a reunion for the long mothballed jam favorites
(only their second performance since 2007) as
well as for Phil Lesh's much-beloved "Q" ensemble. The ARU lineup for this show will
feature Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe and Matt
Slocum; while Lesh's "Q" finds Phil joined by Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco
and John Molo. Guitarist John Scofield is aboard with his Uberjam Band, but he'll also
team up with Gov't Mule for the return of the pairing's Sco-Mule project after 14 years.
Look for more additions to the lineup
including more headlining artists in the coming months.
As with past Christmas Jams, proceeds from this year's event will benefit Habitat For
Humanity. Back in 2008, Haynes presented two nights worth of music at the Asheville Civic
Center for the 20th annual Christmas Jam - which was the last time the event spanned two
evenings. The formidable lineup for #20 featured Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band,
Earle, John Paul Jones, Ben Harper & Relentless7, The Del McCoury Band, The Derek
Band, Michael Franti, Dumpstaphunk and many more. Over the years Haynes has used the money
raised from the concerts to build more than 20 affordable houses for area residents.
A number of VIP options will be available starting on Wednesday, October 9, at 2 p.m. ET
will be available via CID
Entertainment with a GA pre-sale to follow on October 10.
[Hat Tip - Mule Army]