Mountain Jam | 5.30 - 06.01 | NY

Words by: Brian Bavosa | Images by: Adam McCullough

Mountain Jam :: 05.30.08 - 06.01.08 :: Hunter Mountain, NY

Mountain Jam 2008
Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes hosted the Fourth Annual Mountain Jam. Held at the picturesque Hunter Mountain in the Catskills of upstate New York, the weekend promised the usual attractions to help appease festivalgoers and undoubtedly a spot of rain. As the President of Radio Woodstock and founder of Mountain Jam, Gary Chetkof, proudly proclaimed, "It's all about the music." It's tough to argue against, as the three days saw an ideal set-up with two-stages next to one another, allowing fans to post up on the mountainside like Shaquille O'Neal on the block, with no overlapping sets.

This year's lineup featured the regular staples such as Haynes' Gov't Mule – who have headlined two nights each year - as well as three-peat offenders Michael Franti & Spearhead and Medeski Martin & Wood, who this year were joined by one of the "big three" jazz guitarists, John Scofield.

Also new to this year's festivities was The Awareness Village, which donated a portion of each ticket sale to HeadCount's "Cents for Sense" campaign. There were fireworks, a bonafide Ferris wheel (medium in stature, but still big enough to scare some away) and "Late Night Under the Stars," which featured the debut of music into the wee hours, outside on the mountain. And, alas, there was a mix of rain sprinkled in at times on Saturday, another unavoidable tradition adding to this festivals M.O.

Friday

Easing into the weekend, the festival kicked off at noon with Dark Meat, Phonograph and New Jersey jammers Buzz Universe for the earliest of arrivals. The weather Friday was beautiful from the get, and these bands helped set the mood of an early summer day in the Northeast. The first big blast of the weekend that caught my attention was Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Kicking out reggae and dub sounds, these guy impressed and lived up to their moniker.

Grace Potter with Dumpstaphunk :: Mountain Jam 2008
However, strategically planned, the real heavy-hitters hit the stage later that afternoon, just as the workweek was winding down elsewhere. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals belted out their patented bluesy-soul, while Potter herself dazzled half of the crowd with her cute, charming appearance, while wowing the other half with her pipes that are hard to believe come from her small Vermont frame. Hot on her heels was the dirty Dumpstaphunk, led by New Orleans' own, Ivan Neville. This served as the cue for those arriving from out of town to get out of their work clothes, pour themselves a drink and shake their asses as the sun began to set. An appearance by Potter during this set marked the first of countless collaborations throughout the weekend.

In many eyes, the heirs apparent to the jam scene's throne, Umphrey's McGee, rocked, rattled and rolled their way through a few massive sandwiches, including "Hurt Bird Bath" and "All In Time." Headliners Gov't Mule took the stage around 10 p.m. for their first of four sets, and Haynes played the part of gracious host to perfection. Mule welcomed U.M.'s Brendan Bayliss for an absolutely incredible and moving version of the Grateful Dead's "Sugaree." Potter, fellow Nocturnal guitarist Scott Tournet and Galactic's Rich Vogel joined the Mule for a first set closing rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." After a quick break, the other maestro from Umphrey's, Jake Cinninger, helped kick off set two with some beautiful, restrained guitar - a nice contrast to his normally blazing fretwork - on a choice cover of "Dear Prudence." Throw in one more guest spot for good measure featuring Neville and Galactic sax player Ben Ellman on an extremely lively "Spanish Moon" and you have a good idea of what this rather laidback weekend was all about.

The first ever "Under the Stars" appearance was by Galactic. I'm glad Mars is hundreds of millions of miles away because Stanton Moore and company tried their damnedest to shake the ice from its surface with some of the band's funkiest numbers. Besides Galactic, Mountain Jam also welcomed up-and-comers Lotus and Pnuma Trio as their late night entertainment, a true sign that this fest is in touch with its fan base. Friday saw Lotus tear through a mix of electronic, dance-fueled compositions in the Lodge, leaving many bodies covered in sweat as they returned to their on-site tents, condos and hotel rooms – all viable options for concertgoers.

Saturday

Warren Haynes - Gov't Mule
Mountain Jam 2008
Saturday saw the funkstress herself, a former Riker's Island prison guard and all-around tough cookie, Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings provide some early afternoon soul-cleansing and lessons in love and life. Immediately following Jones was one of the festival's best sets, turned in by the smoky-voiced JJ Grey & MOFRO. Grey's performance reeked of his life in a "Country Ghetto," much as Jones' reflected her hard road to finally gain the stage, which she rightfully deserves after years of struggle.

With perfect weather on Friday, you knew something had to give eventually. After a downpour earlier in the day, it just so happened the worst rain came during Ray LaMontagne's set. As if he'd summoned the tears of a god above with his heart wrenching, borderline depressing lyrics and delivery, it came down in buckets, causing a delay in the action. Much like the one-two punch of Jones and Grey, LaMontagne was flanked by another young up-and-comer, Jackie Greene. Best known for his recent stint with Phil Lesh & Friends, Greene also turned in a superb performance, showcasing his own material and reminding the crowd that he is his own artist.

As the clouds parted and the sun returned, the stage was set for the politically charged Michael Franti & Spearhead to boil things up, complete with sprinkles of patented "How You Feeling's?" The backdrop was a gigantic bulls-eye, littered with bullet holes, but fronted by a giant hand flashing the peace sign, something that in this day and age spoke volumes even before the first notes rang out. Franti is a concert staple and someone I see often enough over my summer travels, but Spearhead is a band I rarely listen to otherwise. However, time and time again he manages to stir my soul, put a smile on my face and get me thinking about the world around me, no matter how much some may complain about his schtick getting old. Perfect timing, perfect delivery, a sit-in by Haynes and a whole lot of jumping around seemed to do wonders for the vibe on the mountainside.

Returning to the singer-songwriter format that dominated the majority of Saturday afternoon, Brooklyn's Citizen Cope also welcomed Haynes to the stage, while showcasing his slow, yet extremely powerful skills and honest, heartfelt vocals.

The Mule picked up where they left off the night before, welcoming seemingly everyone to the stage. An extremely poignant "To Love Somebody" featured LaMontagne, while a ripping version of "After Midnight" welcomed Cope keyboardist John Ginty. The Mule concluded their run at this year's Mountain Jam with an encore that included "32/20 Blues" and a very hot "Other One" jam, complete with "Gimme Shelter" teases, possibly a nod to the nearby lodges where the late night shows took place and a nice, warm bar welcomed many patrons during the earlier rains.

A magnificent display of fireworks up the mountain rained down after the set, while the Lodge was treated to the thumping breakbeats of Tennessee-turned-Colorado residents The Pnuma Trio. Not only has their mailing address changed but so has the swagger and attitude these late night heroes exude live. Meanwhile, out under the stars on the West Stage, Dark Star Orchestra played the Grateful Dead to perfection, offering standout versions of "Feel Like A Stranger," "Not Fade Away" and "Dancing in the Streets."

Sunday

Levon Helm :: Mountain Jam 2008
The final day saw local act The Felice Brothers, as well as indie-oriented Dr. Dog early on. The latter welcomed Elvis Perkins' horns section to the stage. However, what I feel were the two strongest performances of this year's festival happened a bit later on.

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood ignited the crowd with some extremely up-beat jazz-funk. Possibly best known for their collaboration on 1998's A-Go-Go, this quartet are truly musician's musicians. Scofield brought the house down this year after adding his hand to Phil & Friends' closing sets last year, which were lauded by fans as some of the finest in Mountain Jam history.

Following one legend, we had yet another. Hailing from nearby Woodstock, legendary drummer of The Band, Levon Helm brought his "Ramble on the Road," much to the delight of everyone. Helm's "Midnight Rambles," which take place in his home barn/studio, started as a way for him to raise money for his medical bills. Since their inception a few years back, the little secret has gotten out, and they repeatedly sell out months in advance. Sunday's set represented everything good about this area, this festival and this man's unprecedented legacy. With a band that consisted of his daughter Amy, Larry Campbell (Phil Lesh & Friends) and his wife Teresa Williams, as well as Little Sammy Davis, Jr., one could have easily overlooked the music. Okay, maybe not. It was a success from the triumphant anthem of "Ophelia" to the funky "Deep Elem Blues" to Haynes' companionship on the encore of "I Shall Be Released" and "The Weight."

Helms' set was another reminder that Mountain Jam is a wonderful gathering, allowing many to "take a load off" and escape the troubles of ordinary life for a while, and that was before the final headliner hit the stage. Bob Weir & RatDog brought things full circle (the weekend's opener was RatBoy) with their Mountain Jam debut. RatDog's first set seemed to drag a little, but did offer a sit-in from Helm on "She Belongs To Me" and Haynes on "Loser," where Weir thanked Haynes for throwing this party. The second set was much stronger, offering the complete "Terrapin" suite and a raucous "Sugar Magnolia," capping off a superb weekend.

Over the past four years, Mountain Jam has grown in size and stature, while managing to remain in a prime New York location. It offers a taste of the outdoors and the indoors, while stockpiling a lineup that continually manages to blow the doors off, whether you are a old-time Woodstock resident or a newbie experiencing the wonderful feeling of a music festival in the summer for the very first time.

Grace Potter with Dumpstaphunk
Grace Potter with Dumpstaphunk
Ian Neville & Tony Hall - Dumpstaphunk
Buzz Universe
Phonograph
Jim Wieder
Ryan Stasik - Umphrey's McGee
Brendan Bayliss - Umphrey's McGee
Warren Haynes - Gov't Mule
Warren Haynes - Gov't Mule
Warren Haynes - Gov't Mule
Ben Ellman - Galactic
Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned
JJ Grey & MOFRO
JJ Grey & MOFRO
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
David Rogers-Berry - O'Death
Jackie Greene
Ingrid Michaelson
Ray LaMontagne
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Warren Haynes with Michael Franti & Spearhead
Citizen Cope
Dark Star Orchestra
Warren Haynes
Patterson Hood - Drive-By Truckers
Brad Morgan & Shonna Tucker - Drive-By Truckers
Dr. Dog
The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Larry McCray
Levon Helm
Little Sammy Davis Jr. - Levon Helm
Warren Haynes sitting in with Levon Helm
John Scofield & Billy Martin
Warren Haynes & John Scofield - MSMW
Warren Haynes & John Scofield - MSMW
Bob Weir - RatDog
Bob Weir - RatDog
Warren Haynes

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Comments

Suave starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 04:32PM
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ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 04:36PM
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ScIFreak

Sounds fun.....

NickBoeka Tue 6/3/2008 04:37PM
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NickBoeka

Adam - that shot of Sharron in mid air is sick!

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 04:52PM
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Chaloupka

What a great line up this fest had!

shoffer Tue 6/3/2008 05:09PM
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Help on the way...aww shit!

keenan41 starstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 05:26PM
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keenan41

I could have sworn Bayliss was in on Sugaree and Cinninger was in for Prudence....

Minimal, bearable amounts of rain but I camped out near a bunch of 20 year old a-holes who literally destroyed my tent. Anyway, Galactic and MSMW were definitely the best sets of the weekend and I was very pleasantly surprised with Jim Weider's band. Great weekend!

thisiswhathappenslarry starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 05:52PM
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thisiswhathappenslarry

Keenan- You are correct in that it WAS Cinninger who joined mule for "Dear Prudence" and Bayliss who came on for "Suagree". Both songs were INCREDIBLE. I think the most memorable performance i was there for was the Umphrey's set....one of the best I've seen in a WHILE. They definitely owned that mountain friday night!

nsafay Tue 6/3/2008 05:52PM
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Looks like one hell of a time. Great photos! Thanks!

dustmybroom Tue 6/3/2008 07:25PM
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It was actually Ivan Neville who sat in with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, not the other way around. Great weekend, excellent photos.

hookah420 Tue 6/3/2008 07:32PM
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moejoerisin Tue 6/3/2008 07:42PM
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moejoerisin

bummed i couldn't make it to hunter this year. what a line up! glad everything was great.

p.s. - suave you sound like a tool.

pugs689 starstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 07:58PM
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welting Tue 6/3/2008 08:29PM
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welting

All around a perfect weekend. Every act I saw was phenomenal. The drum Teepee was awesome, and the rain was fun. The late night dancing and drumming guy dressed as a banana was the man. Count me in again next year.

gregboyer starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 10:40PM
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Sounds like a great time, wish I was there. This festival sounds like its almost as good as Wanee, almost. Hey suave and hookah, its all about the MUSIC not the fucking drugs. I like a nice nug or ten as much as anybody but if you go to festivals for just the drugs that's pretty lame. Sounds like you guys need a good friend at home. Good write-up for the most part, MUCH better than the Summercamp review. This one sounds like the reviewer actually tried to catch as much good music as possible instead of just going for the Flaming Queers titty show (again, I love tits too but its about the MUSIC, and titty bars are a dime a dozen). I think Warren and the boys have a great thing going and I hope next year I can make it. Can't wait for the Columbus $5 Mule show. And Rush in Cincy (why doesn't that trio get any respect here-they're up there with Cream and the original Mule). And Derek/Susan in Kettering. Summer in Ohio is gonna be cool!

christophebaise Tue 6/3/2008 11:50PM
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christophebaise

On friday I had high expectations for Dumpstafunk but they were not as good as New Orleans Social Club. That version of Sugaree was great, so was the Since I've been loving you. A very strong mule set. The Saturday mule set was good but I didn't like it as much as Fridays. That citizen cope organ player layed down a really hot solo I remember. Dark Star's show was awesome but short. I wanted to hear Feels like a stranger played that weekend and I loved the encore of So Many Roads. The MSMW set was short to but probably the best set of the weekend along with mule friday night. Levon Helm was incredible and the Ratdog show definately wasn't the best I've seen. I liked the first set a lot more, the Loser that was played with Warren was incredible.

Muffinman1 Wed 6/4/2008 03:32AM
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Muffinman1

Franti looks like he's taking a guitar lesson in that pic with Warren. Maybe he should, maybe it would make his music sound good. But probably not.

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this looks freaking coool!!

you idiots asking if drugs were available are stoopid, its about the music dumb heads!!!!

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mofro, sharon jones, galactic, DSO, Jackie Greene, Mule, Schofield, Jim Wieder, Dumpstafunk, what a line up!!! Does Bobby look more and more like a walrus or what?? :P

Dnumde Wed 6/4/2008 05:28AM
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Dnumde

MtJam is my favorite of all the festival. No other venue can offer as much as hunter mountain, and the line up created is amazing. I have been now 2 years running and I will be back there as long as they will have me. Warren, thank you, my only request is to bring Phil back next year. Peace love and MUSIC (not drugs, suave and hookah idiots)!

wjeremy26 starstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 07:43AM
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Had a great time up in NY. My favorites of the weekend were JJ Grey and Mofro, Jackie Greene, Grace Potter, Mule the 1st night, Umphreys, Levon Helms, the Felice Bros and the Truckers. Awesome lineup and every band that played was having a great time. I dont think anybody smiled or drank as much during there set as the Truckers.

SCIRGR84EVS Wed 6/4/2008 07:43AM
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insignia starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 08:25AM
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LOTUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

delaneyira starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 08:40AM
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Nice pics!!! This review sucks though. Sounds like the writer didnt even go to the latenight shows. No mention of andy hess sitting in with galactic. Mixed up bayliss and cinniger. How you not going to know the difference when these guys are one of the biggest bands on the scene. One line about dark star. And how the hell are you going to leave out that zeppelin medley that mule did? It was fucking nasty. Its almost like the writer looked at the lineup, glanced at some of the setlists and wrote a fake review using stock superlatives.

willydog Wed 6/4/2008 08:51AM
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willydog

SCIGR84EVS...you are kidding about who is Helms? Levon Helms? The Band? The Weight?....Dixie?....The Midnight Rambles?....WOW. You have some music to listen to.

Lakai starstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 09:16AM
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Lakai

im sorry but you lost me at "In many eyes, the heirs apparent to the jam scene's throne, Umphrey's McGee," pfffffffffttt

gmoo Wed 6/4/2008 09:25AM
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gmoo

Levon Helm is a legend from one of the most influencial bands of our time. That's all

PCPrabbit Wed 6/4/2008 09:31AM
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PCPrabbit

haha forrreall. stop seein bisco and get learned. helm is the truth.

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 09:38AM
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FreshFlavor

Great review. Not sure if someone had already said this..but BB was on Sugaree and Jake Cinninger was in Dear Prudence with Mule. May have gotten it a bit confuzzled lol. Other than excellent review and pictures. Didn't get a chance to attend this year, but I heard it was an incredible time and Lotus late night was the fire. I was fortunate enough to watch from outer space via IClips =).

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 09:55AM
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Astronaut Jones

Bobby looks like he just woke up from a nap in that one pic there. and Grace Potter with tha arched back?? please enter my contest (see message boards)

DamnDiva starstar Wed 6/4/2008 11:17AM
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DamnDiva

INCREDIBLE PICS! Sincerely encompassed the MASSIVE ENERGY of the weekend!

windorascrub Wed 6/4/2008 12:07PM
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windorascrub

That picture of the tuba? french horn? with the crowd reflected in the horn is sweet. I don't even think Warren can help save Franti. Franti is the most played out act around these days. And Michael Franti is a douchebag even though he appears to be so kind.

thisiswhathappenslarry Wed 6/4/2008 12:10PM
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gkwoodward starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 12:35PM
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gkwoodward

Great review....but no words for the Drive-By Truckers? Quite possibly one of the finest bands from below the Mason-Dixon Line....no love?....boo......

allthink Wed 6/4/2008 02:43PM
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allthink

MY FIRST MT. JAM...was incredible...the location is the absolutely beautiful, and the music was the utmost...Giant Panda dub squad was fantastic...good early day dance party...Sharon Jones sucked...why is there amazing buzz around her? Umphrey's was my favorite set of the weekend...seemed like everyones favorite set around me close to the stage as well...Gov't Mule was fantastic and that was expected...thats hard to do...pissed about Ray's set...I was too busy bear watching in the woods during the rain...I missed alot of Galactics set, but heard it in the air, and it was high high energy...Drive By Truckers deserve the buzz and they have me hooked as a big time fan...I wish the ppl who talk about drugs would fall off this planet and live the rest of their 'life' in a black hole...

Another thing...Late Friday night, a Celtics Won chant went around...and man o man...was that a rush.

ClarkSean starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 03:27PM
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Outstanding festival. it seems they listen to the fans and improve each year. Nice mix of older, newer and inbetween bands. Really enjoyed Levon Helm and Drive By Truckers sets. Ratdog's first set was pretty bad but they stepped up in round 2. Felt bad for Citizen Cope who had to follow Franti. Some great sit-ins with Mule. Mule ran long which is why DSO was late and therefore had to end their set early. For those of you who don't want to deal with the wooks in the campsites, there's plenty of local lodging available and fairly reasonable. Just remember to book early. Next to Jam Cruise, this is my favorite festival.

joshpotter Wed 6/4/2008 03:57PM
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joshpotter

French horn is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned if you're into stuff like Akron/Family.

moejoerisin Wed 6/4/2008 07:01PM
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moejoerisin

listening to the umphrey's show from mountain jam right now - it rips!!

http://www.archive.org/details/um2008-05-30.mk41.flac16

nsafay Wed 6/4/2008 07:24PM
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Milesgone that walrus reference was funny as hell. I hope this festival stays as low key as it has. Last year's Phil & Friends slot was some of the greatest stuff. Warren can sing all he wants if you ask me! He's got that great southern drawl (not quite like Gregg's, but...), probably made me cry in the past for all I know. I'm not going to any of the big festies like Bonnaroo or Rothbury, but I can't wait to see him at Allgood next month. Panic, Phil, Medeski, Dark Star, Mr. & Mrs. Trucks, Nocturnals, Franti, etc. Good old school down to earth folks damnit.

Elemley Wed 6/4/2008 08:25PM
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warren can obviously rip but i think he's a great singer too.

onemanband starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 08:41PM
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nothing about Ingrid Michaelson's uplifting Saturday afternoon set, or Michael Franti's acoustic set & open forum in the Awareness Village...

Nothing about the smooth-blues stylings of the Larry McCray Band, or the extra 5+ hours of soulful-reggae-jam music Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad treated us to throughout the weekend at the "Solar Stage" in the Camping area after their great Friday set in the blazing afternoon sun....

nothing about the contest winners - Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned - who probably didn't get a large turn out due to heavy-temporary rain.

My best festival experience yet. Not just for the big names - but for the sense of community i felt most of the time last weekend

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 10:03PM
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beadiamondsomday

i love how people just love to rant on bisco or um, but if warren is down to share the stage w/ jake and brendan than i mean come on. how do u not like the mule, looks a good damn time

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 10:10PM
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beadiamondsomday

next stop etree

Putnameter starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/5/2008 09:04AM
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Putnameter

Mountain Jam was freakin awesome. Levon Helm was definetly the best set. Grace Potter is amazingly beautiful, I am in love....sexy mama. Ratdog and DSO were pretty lack-luster. I have seen them both numerous times and this was def. their weakest sets. However, Ratdog's Loser and Terrapin were memorable. Franti and his son on stage were pretty awesome. All in all awesome festival!

SCIRGR84EVS Thu 6/5/2008 09:12PM
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thanks for the history lesson you clowns. i was referring to the author's mistake -- "helms." figured it wasnt too much to ask for them to spell the dude's name right. but this site has never been big on proof reading anyway.

breckenridgejam Fri 6/6/2008 09:09AM
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breckenridgejam

MSMW with Warren must of been the nasty phunk!!!

haleygd Fri 6/6/2008 12:42PM
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haleygd

twas an amazing weekend

didnt rain as much as it did the year before

dap kings were sick, MMsW was off the hook...Levon Helm For OPhelia was beauuutiful....its a great range for a festival from bears to waterfalls

Lose Lucy from ratdog was great!

all in time a good time

Rich Lieberman starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 11:46AM
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Rich Lieberman

Nice review Brian! Check out some great photos from the weekend at mountainjamblog.com All the coverage ya need from this festival! =)

CarrotSandwich starstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 01:45PM
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CarrotSandwich

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad started my Mountain Jam off right! This band put on a fantastic Friday afternoon show.

They also played 4 sets in the camp grounds on the Solar Stage - late night Friday, Saturday evening, late night Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Super nasty mix of roots reggae, dub and afrobeat. Check out GPGDS, they are definitely worth your time!

myspace.com/giantpandadub

realoutcasty starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 01:46PM
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realoutcasty

Great festival! Music in the camp area-solar tent was just as awesome as the music inside! Drum tepee was fantastic! Ghetto kids were super tame~good vibes all around. Foot trail up around the waterfalls on the way down the mountain was beautiful. I didn't want to leave-I can't wait 'til next year~

jmacken starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/10/2008 09:12AM
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jmacken

The bar is set pretty high when Warren is involved in the project but I think this was the best JAM yet. The great ones somehow seem to improve each year.

Tpetty starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/13/2008 06:58AM
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Tpetty

Help on the way!!! oh shit! haha....cant wait for next year!

mikeschlenoff1 Sun 7/20/2008 06:07PM
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i've seen bobby about a dozen or so times and mountain jam was maybe the best i've seen him. he was loose, relaxed, and having a real good time. great show

RambleOnShelbyRose Sat 8/23/2008 03:04PM
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RambleOnShelbyRose

I thought that the ratdog set was the highlight for me, just the environment was awsome. LOTUS. everything was sick