MOUNTAIN JAM TO RETURN TO HUNTER, NY MAY 29-31
ALLMAN BROTHERS TO CELEBRATE 40th ANNIVERSARY WITH EXCLUSIVE NORTHEAST FEST APPEARANCE
GOV'T MULE TO HEADLINE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Radio Woodstock and acclaimed guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) have once again teamed up to bring the fifth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival to picturesque Hunter, NY from Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31.
Mountain Jam 2008 by Adam McCullough
Gov't Mule will anchor the festival for the fifth year in a row, while The Allman Brothers Band will make their exclusive Northeast festival appearance at Mountain Jam as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. In addition, the three-day event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, which took place in nearby Bethel, NY. Early bird tickets will go on sale Monday, January 26 through www.mountainjam.com.
Mountain Jam favorites Michael Franti & Spearhead will return for their fourth festival appearance along with Ray LaMontagne and Jackie Greene. A diverse array of first time Mountain Jam performers will join in, such as Coheed and Cambria, The Derek Trucks Band, The Hold Steady, Richie Havens, Railroad Earth, Porter Batiste Stoltz, Brett Dennen, The Lee Boys, and many others. Late Night performances will begin at 1 a.m. and will take place both outside "Under the Stars" and inside The Hunter Mountain Lodge. DJ phenomenon Girl Talk will be one of the late night performers. Other bands will be announced soon.
The festival's forward thinking Awareness Village will once again host Rock The Earth, a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group, HeadCount, which promotes voter registration, and Community Energy, a company committed to increasing the domestic supply of clean, fuel-free energy. The festival has a strong environmental program and will be implementing bio-degradable vending supplies and a strong recycling and post event clean-up program.
The Hunter Mountain Lodge will provide fans with 24-hour access to both food and indoor bathrooms, while onsite camping and a smorgasbord of nearby hotels and lodges will ensure that all attendees will have a wide variety of accommodations. This year Mountain Jam will also offer expanded VIP options, and will bring back its highly acclaimed "Tavern in the Woods" featuring private bar area and hammocks, as well as a shaded hospitality tent, and a variety of gourmet food and beverages.
Hunter Mountain is located within a short drive from anywhere in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is considered the unofficial kick off to the Northeast festival season. Fans unable to attend will be able to experience the music as well, thanks to the festival's interactive blog and innovative webcast, which drew close to 50,000 viewers from all over the world in 2008.
Mountain Jam passes will be available at www.mountainjam.com beginning Monday, January 26. Early bird festival passes without camping will be offered at $129.50, before being raised to the next tier of $139.50. Early bird three-day camping festival passes are being offered at $149.50 and will then be raised to the next tier of $159.50 after that allotment sells out. A limited number of VIP tickets will be offered initially at $349.50. A very small number of RV tickets are available at $175, plus a camping festival ticket.
Single day tickets will be available at a later date - there will be no Friday Only single day tickets issued.
Tickets will be made available at mountainjam.com and at mule.net.
Initial List of Bands (more to be announced)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
COHEED & CAMBRIA
THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND
THE HOLD STEADY
TEA LEAF GREEN
PORTER BATISTE STOLTZ
THE LEE BOYS
Check out 2008 coverage of Mountain Jam here.