Mtn Jam: Mule, ABB, Hold Steady


Mountain Jam 2008 by Adam McCullough
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.

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

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 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 and at

Initial List of Bands (more to be announced)


Check out 2008 coverage of Mountain Jam here.

[Published on: 1/22/09]

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louie1827 Thu 1/22/2009 09:07AM
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this isnt really the more diverse lineup they promised in a previous news bulletin. bring back logic in the lodge!

incuboo Thu 1/22/2009 09:08AM
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Just a matter of time till we see this dribble, that's all.

strangefolkphan8 Thu 1/22/2009 09:14AM
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Not diverse? Really? There's Richie Havens and then there's Cooheed and Cambria, there's Girl Talk and then there's Hold Steady. I could go on and on but you get the point. This lineup is way more diverse than any other lineup they've had.

nickrbk starstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 09:16AM
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not that diverse however it still sounds like a hell of a good time.

louie1827 Thu 1/22/2009 09:22AM
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not to stir the soup too much here but is anybody else feeling that the jamband scene is at a low right now? I mean we've got pretty much all the same acts performing at all the usual festivals, phish and the dead decide to "reunion" tour well after their prime, dead tickets are $100, some of the most premier venues (deer creek, greatwoods etc) have been renamed with corporate logos... Crap i just dont know. i mean dont get me wrong there are some great younger acts putting on some great shows but to me it seems like the whole jam music industry needs to start making some positive changes. please tell me i'm wrong but i just keep trying to look to something better. In a lot of ways i guess the whole family keeps things together and keeps the love, smiles, dances, and grooves but still look at where we are these days???

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 09:26AM
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mattchu Thu 1/22/2009 09:46AM
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Folks may disagree, but attended this fest last year, did the onsite camping and, sure didnt toot my horn too loud. The terrain is really shitty and that wears ya down after a while. Hearin music all the time also gets a little annoying when naturally a number of the bands you dont care much to hear. As for this lineup, decent, fairly diverse but nothin fantastic other than bros really. Enough with franti :-/

mattchu Thu 1/22/2009 09:48AM
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Also, the major issue i had was the late night sets, scheduled to go from 1 till 430 i think, maby 4 maby 5 ON PAPER (so you assume thats the earliest its ending, WHERE SHUT DOWN AT 3 AM!!!!!!!!!

It was pretty lame, darkstar, lotus, they all just got one set...thats not a true late night festy show but....towns probably got rules.

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 09:52AM
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I think I might choose to go this year. Haven't cause I've chosen others in previous years. But I think I am going to this one this year. Line up look Good so far, to me anyway.

GeorgieP Thu 1/22/2009 10:07AM
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I'm cool with this list so far. I'm pretty psyched to see the Allman Bros. at a festival.

jodessa starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 10:09AM
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probably not going. did u hear the deads tickets are $100-and up plus doing any big fests are too expensive!!

canoftunapudding Thu 1/22/2009 10:16AM
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What about Wanee?

mikemac9317 Thu 1/22/2009 10:41AM
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this is a really diverse line up in my opinion. Girl Talk, Jackie Greene (who will probably be everywhere along with Warren, RRE, The Lee Boys, the hold steady, and C & C. That looks pretty damn diverse to me, but I do here the terrain kinda sucks. The line last year looked phenomenal, so Im sure this will add up to last year.

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 10:48AM
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this is the best line up yet.

jmstuber87 Thu 1/22/2009 11:18AM
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RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 11:23AM
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this is a good line up, nothing too major, i want a good late night act in the mold of lotus still, in fact lotus would be great, maybe future rock. then i think that these early birds are pretty expensive so i feel the dead are coming to this thing most def, then i think umph will show up again, at least i hope another band that i consider to be a good along the lines of umphrey's or say a band like tDisco Biscuits seeing as how they are playing in texas with warren. but i'm going regardless great festy, and RRE and allmans and jackie and u melt, the brew. good line up i think. i'm def stoked

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 11:28AM
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o yea. they neeeeeed to just get rid of michael franti. please anybody but him. even barbara streissand at least that would increase the unintentional comedy meter of the festival

helloskinny starstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 11:51AM
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dvrfootball Thu 1/22/2009 11:53AM
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shoffer Thu 1/22/2009 11:59AM
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Richie Havens was selling nitrous?

msudtg Thu 1/22/2009 12:08PM
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weird my last post didnt work... hopefully this isn't a double... but I was going to say... this looks like fun, like always... I love ABB, Mule, Derek Trucks, RRE and TLG... for me I am going to 10,000 lake festival this year in Northern MN... I live in Minneapolis so it makes it easy, but it looks like such a kickass fest this year... I am still hoping that Mule and ABB make it to 10klf this year!!! it was awesome to see them in 2007!!

Benjamin Human Thu 1/22/2009 12:14PM
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Benjamin Human

The link in the article to the Allman Bros Band doesn't actually go to bands' Jambase profile...

msudtg Thu 1/22/2009 12:26PM
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oh yea...

anyone interested in getting up-to-date news and info on 10,000 lakes festival should check out my facebook group... I really started it for friends to figure out logistics... but a lot of random people have joined...

There is a discussion board, videos and news!!

mindmusic90 Thu 1/22/2009 01:21PM
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great lineup but im looking for some dark star maybe a little ratdog or phil?

RambleOnShelbyRose Thu 1/22/2009 01:35PM
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^ but since they are both in the dead, and warren is too, then i say they just invite the dead

LisforLATHAM starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 01:52PM
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sick line up last year, epic line up this year. warren is in my head i swear to allah.

GeorgieP Thu 1/22/2009 01:56PM
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Ramble, that'd be ideal, but I wonder if Warren could stretch himself out to play in 3 bands over the course of a weekend. He'd have to have a guitar case full of 5-Hour Energy and Ritalin.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 02:12PM
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This looks like a great lineup so far, Hope it is as good next year so I can go.

happydestiny Thu 1/22/2009 02:16PM
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These early bird prices suck. Camping plus festival pass= $280. Thats as much as bonnaroo and more than I paid for rothbury. pass

happydestiny Thu 1/22/2009 02:18PM
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^^^^ nevermind, I misread the pricing scheme

FunkLizard Thu 1/22/2009 02:23PM
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Damn, the lineup is horrible!

kayaker247 Thu 1/22/2009 02:25PM
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I've been rolling the ipod through all 179 of my mule tunes today... then I see this. How ironic!

isthatyoujerry Thu 1/22/2009 02:30PM
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the 09 mt jam website has ratdog closing show sunday...?

shonuff Thu 1/22/2009 02:55PM
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Hey bro, I can understand your pain about the jamband community. My biggest problem is bands rotating sets every night when A.) they do not have the material B.) they play a sub-par song or two just to say that it was a different set. Playing a different set does not mean different songs, but changing up the opening song or shifting around songs to get a different feel. Also, what the hell are some of these bands doing by releasing an album, and then playing songs of the new album. If the songs suck, then the band should not even have ever put them out. Finally, check out the MACPODZ. They are one of the freshest bands out today, and they put on a hell of a good show.

P.S. The Dead are charging so much because they can. I don't agree with it, but it's the truth. But, that is why I have been going to less premium shows (+30), and going to smaller shows in the chicago land area.

AmberA133 Thu 1/22/2009 02:55PM
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Not a great lineup??!!? What r u kidding me!!! Warren all the way. Gov't Mule and the Allmans are enough for me let alone TLG and Franti.

shonuff Thu 1/22/2009 02:56PM
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P.S. This is going to be an amazing festival with the ABB headlining.

gmoo Thu 1/22/2009 03:15PM
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Derek Trucks all up in there. Word.

mescking Thu 1/22/2009 03:19PM
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Gov't Mule, Allmans, Ray Lamontagne, The Hold Steady, Derek Trucks, and Tea Leaf Green together sounds like a good lineup to me.

Grateful Dread Thu 1/22/2009 03:44PM
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Grateful Dread

LOL at "DJ phenomenon Girl Talk"


Elemley Thu 1/22/2009 03:51PM
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why is richie havens listed so low?

fishbone1 Thu 1/22/2009 04:12PM
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coheed and cambria at a hippie festival? crazy. Yo, dread - like his music or not, girl talk is pretty much a phenomenon... I always wonder about artists who wallow in obscurity one minute and then spring to national fame the next. It's pretty impressive the name he's made for himself, and he wouldn't have been able to do that if he didn't do something innovative.

VerbTheNoun Thu 1/22/2009 04:52PM
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girl talk is not a dj

mickrod420 Thu 1/22/2009 05:47PM
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senorfatz starstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 06:00PM
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I am one of the people here that believe this is definitely a diverse lineup. and to all the people that say the jamband scene is on a low right now then you are missing some of the great acts that are up and coming playing at clubs right now. and a couple of those acts are at this festival. Here alone you have tea leaf green, awesome band, u-melt, if you haven't seen these guys you need to go out more, and then the lee boys and the macpodz. plus you get jamband staples like the allman brothers,and i also think they are true southern rock but with warren and derek on the same stage with oteil then you are gonna jam. and you have at least two nights with the mule. plus the 40th anniversary of woodstock and richie havens is gonna play, that is fucking monumental. the derek trucks band is gonna play too. lord knows who jackie greene will end up on stage with, and believe you me the kids got pipes and can play the guitar. then you come to the kicker to me, coheed and cambria. god bless warren haynes for introducing these guys to the jamband world. they kick ass, yes it is like whiney metal story telling i know, but they can truely whale. plus the lead singer is also the lead guitarist. these guys played at xmas jam and they tore the house down. hope to see them at more and more festivals. if i lived closer than i do(north carolina) i would be at this in a second. but i went to moe.down last summer and one trip to upstate new york in a year is enough. but if you can go you should go, this is gonna be a great display of why the jamband scene is alive and kicking as hard as ever.

drbell starstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 07:40PM
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i like the lineup. i'm excited to see who they add eventually.

mountain jam is always a blast.

that said, i am getting sick of franti at this thing every year.

kjknola starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/22/2009 09:37PM
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No one has mentioned the funk-PORTER BATISTE STOLTZ-Thats where its at!!!

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groovatronics Thu 1/22/2009 10:26PM
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it's strange how any person can say anything good about girl talk...

groovatronics Thu 1/22/2009 10:26PM
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and shit, how long have there been somewhat mainstream summer music festivals like these? music hasn't gotten shitty, just hasn't progressed a lot. it's natural to seem a bit stale.

and with the standard behavior of those who attend, it's hard to remember anything vividly at all, like after:

"yeah man i been to wsp for every bonnaroo of the last 7 years... or was that moe? or was it cheese? or waka? or high sierra?" it all starts to just meld together. whatever though, if it's some people's digs, why not continue it?

clarkythatcher Thu 1/22/2009 10:50PM
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Anyone who is complaining about this lineup doesnt know shit about music. Lets see, the Allmans, Mule, Trucks, PBS, TLG. Im sorry, I guess listening to ripping guitar solo's, sick covers, and legendary tunes isnt cool anymore. Everytime I see the same posers complaining about every festival lineup there is. DONT GO! In fact, don't even go to this website anymore. The reason the scene seems so watered down is because there are a bunch of jackasses that listen to garbage, and complain about the chance to see some of the greatest musicians of all time. I bet if Dave Matthews, Sector 9, Slumphreys, and the Disco Biscuits were on here, the haters would be blowing their load. Aside from Panic playing two nights at 10k, I would say that this is the best thing announced for festivals so far.

jerZ Fri 1/23/2009 05:06AM
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I am a little disappointed with the line up- but this always ends up being my favorite festival, and I am sure that it will not disappoint this year either

jerZ Fri 1/23/2009 05:14AM
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Railroad Earth is going to kill it- I hope Keller comes back

strangefolkphan8 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 07:09AM
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This lineup is sick! So far for me theres Mule, ABB, Derek Trucks, RRE, TLG, PBS, Richie Havens, U-Melt, Brett Dennen, Ray Lamontage, and Spearhead. Sounds sick to me!! Plus they've only announced a little more than half the bands, there's atleast a dozen more to come!

AintNoFreedom starstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 08:41AM
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wonderful. i'll be there.

lovemusical Fri 1/23/2009 09:12AM
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Wow, what a great line up. Wish I lived closer to NY. Went to Allgood for the first time last year. Beside the intense heat, it was the best fest I've ever been to. The East Coast knows how to bring it! Just got my tix to 10KLF. They've got quite a line up of their own. Along with Phish at Alpine Valley, my summer is set. I'm comin' out east again soon though!

redhed starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 09:34AM
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richie havens is a badass

Rowdy7698 Fri 1/23/2009 01:06PM
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How can anyone say jamband scene is at a low? I mean jesus- last summer panic was on fire. Festivals are Festivals, most wookies stay in the "lot" the whole time anyways.

shackca starstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 03:28PM
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awesome lineup, but $300 - for ticket plus camping is gonna make me pass and save my $$ for Jam Cruise 2010

shackca starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 03:31PM
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actually -

says $150 festival pass WITH camping so only $150 - now I thinks I'm going

molinoman14 Sat 1/24/2009 06:50AM
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THE BREW!!!!!!!!!!

MyDogIsBlaze Sat 1/24/2009 07:17AM
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I like it, I will go, I can't wait, I am free.

Jeff Kash Sat 1/24/2009 09:46AM
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sugar17 Sat 1/24/2009 02:34PM
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Warren rips and he's a freaking work horse bring it on

Krondon Sat 1/24/2009 04:41PM
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The cheap acts ?!?! thats a joke, by the time this event is ready to go the lineup will be just fine. Expect the second round of artists to be much more (as mt. jam put it) "diverse"

curtbraski Sun 1/25/2009 11:23AM
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albiknow Sun 1/25/2009 01:55PM
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sounds like a good place to take a nap

molinoman14 Sun 1/25/2009 03:23PM
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can someone please enlighten me to why Coheed & Cambria are on this list? They're gonna stick out like barry manilow at a Dead show.

albiknow Sun 1/25/2009 09:07PM
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they were at warren's Xmas jam too. maybe they are friends with him or somethin.

ScottMedoses starstarstarstar Mon 1/26/2009 10:41AM
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WITH MYN 'SCAM' you Got to take the good with the bad, Its easy to huff gas all night or at least be camped next to people who are hustling and huffing, theres alot of trash taht shows up but the fest and the mtn are sweet and if you look at it right it is quite beautiful. just be careful dont get arrested hunter ny court sucks, if you do get nabbed just bring cash, p.s. Warren HAynes Funds the NO2 operation at this fest so dont cut the line !!

Positive1 Mon 1/26/2009 09:44PM
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Allmann Brothers Yes!!!!!! That is gonna be freakin awesome to see them play hunter MTN. Coheed and Cambria should be replaced w/ Robert Randolph and the fam band in my mind but mixing up the bill might be cool as long as MTN Jam does'nt go overboard and turn into langerado where there is only 1-4 good bands a day. MTN jam has always had a solid lineup no doubt hope it stays that way.

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Hunter Mountion Is good place to get arrested,I was there when the disco biscuits had camp there,Saw many kids wearing handcuffs.Police search everyone.Becareful at Handcuff Mountion.Get high at your campsite not at the stage me

gregboyer starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/28/2009 10:44AM
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"Bisco is a joke" says this is a joke but lists Michael McDonald (the great white soul brother who ruined the Doobie Bros.) and Ronnie Milsap (didn't know he was still alive) as favorite artists? Wow. Good thing there are tasteless idiots like you so I can still buy tickets to great festivals like this. I loved Wanee in 05 and 07 and Suwannee is the best but full two sets of Mule two nights, ABB, and Derek Trucks (not to mention RREarth and TLG) is a must-see. Just like at Wanee, I'll get baked in the tent and play it cool at the stage. I don't understand why some of you idiots need to make a statement by firing up in front of everybody. I've been toking and partying at shows for almost 30 years and have never once been arrested. Just don't be stupid! I read somewhere that on-site camping sells out early, any feedback on this? I'll buy early if necessary but I don't want to drive off-site to sleep. Festivals doing this after happily selling alcohol all day and night (like this year's Langerado) are irresponsible. It's not a real party if you have to leave every night.

KatieT2585 Wed 1/28/2009 12:43PM
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I had a really good time at Hunter Mountain last year. Biggest downer was the late night sets getting cut short, but other than that the all around vibe was positive, and its a beautiful place. The lineup this year isn't looking too strong, I hope they announce some more good acts.

shoffer Thu 1/29/2009 06:08PM
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Camp Bisco is a good place to get arrested...Hunter Mountain not so much in my two Mtn. Jam experiences.