(Asheville, NC) -- Named one of the 10 Best Concerts by The London Times, Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam will take place for the 18th consecutive year at the Asheville Civic Center in Haynes' hometown of Asheville, NC on Saturday December 16th at 7pm. Eager fans can tune-in to Asheville's WNCW on Friday, December 15 at 6pm for the Pre-Jam Jam Broadcast Live and non-Asheville area residents can listen to the Pre-Jam Jam online at www.wncw.org.

Ticket pre-sale will begin this Monday, November 13th at 3pm EST through Xmas Jam Ticketing (Available via www.xmasjam.com) and tickets will go on-sale through Ticketmaster (outlets, charge by phone, and online) and the Civic Center Box office on Friday November 24th at 10am.

This year's line-up includes Dave Matthews, Gov't Mule, The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, New Orleans Social Club featuring Henry Butler, Ivan Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr and Raymond Webber, Taj Mahal Trio. Special guests include: Mike Barnes, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee, Randall Bramblett, Audely Freed of Dixie Chicks, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kevn Kinney, Edwin McCain, Mickey Raphael and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic. More artists will be announced as they are confirmed.

Past Performers Include: The Allman Brothers Band, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Blues Traveler, Bob Weir, Derek Trucks Band, DJ Logic, Electric Hot Tuna, Galactic, John Hiatt & The Goners, Bill Kreutzmann, Ray LaMontagne, Living Colour, John Medeski, moe., The Neville Brothers, North Mississippi All-Stars, Phil Lesh and Friends, Phish's Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Sam Bush, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth, Dr. Ralph Stanley, String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang, Paterson Hood & Jason Isbell from The Drive By Truckers, and Widespread Panic's John Bell, Dave Schools & Todd Nance.

As a musician, Warren Haynes is famous for his improvisational prowess with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule; and his spontaneous guest appearances. So it might seem odd that he becomes so darn reliable -- and charitable -- each holiday season.

For 18 years, Haynes has coordinated the Warren Haynes Annual Christmas Jam. Like a family reunion, the annual, one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music brings together friends both old and new, hand-picked by Haynes.

The show thrives on the generous support of volunteer talent and behind-the-scenes personnel with the net proceeds going to charity. In the formative years of The Christmas Jam, donations were made to a different charity each year, but in 1998 Haynes and his wife Stefani Scamardo, with whom he co-produces the event each year, decided on Habitat for Humanity as the event's beneficiary.

In 2002, Haynes received the Key to the City by Asheville Mayor Worley. The benefit event raised $70,000 for the organization, selling 7200 tickets. Prior to the 2003 concert, Haynes gave keys to a family for their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was constructed with funds from the 2002 concert. The 2003, 2004 and 2005 events raised $100,000 each - bringing the total to nearly $500,000. These proceeds have been used to build nine Habitat homes in Asheville.

Both Habitat and the city of Asheville have welcomed Warren with open arms and have publicly recognized him for the money and awareness he has brought to each.

"As always," said Lew Kraus, Director of the Asheville Habitat for Humanity Chapter, "we are very grateful for Warren's extraordinary generosity."

The Asheville Chapter of Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated an entire sub-community of its Enka Village for the homes The Christmas Jam's donations help build. Former Mayor Charles Worley gave Warren the key to the city in 2002 and declared December 21st Warren Haynes Day in 2003. In 2004, the Mayor simply thanked Warren for all of his contributions to Asheville because he "has no honor left to bestow upon him."

Haynes, who will open the evening with a brief solo performance, will perform with his band Gov't Mule, and, of course, join many of the artists for spontaneous collaborations. But the impact goes far beyond the entertainment.

"Christmas Jam started 18 years ago as an opportunity for local musicians to jam at the one time of year they were all in town at the same time. Back then, we gave the money to whatever charity we felt like. As the event grew and we became aware of Habitat For Humanity, we settled on them because we believe in the organization and know the money goes where its supposed to. When your work is music, its easy and fun to give back."


[Published on: 11/9/06]

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tuna1 starstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 01:55PM
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the line-up could be a little better, but not bad for first announcement of artists...

dmb805 Thu 11/9/2006 01:59PM
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i look forward to the xmas jam every year. trust me this is a CANT MISS show. and being a big dmb fan, this will be the night of my life. i can't wait

dmbariola Thu 11/9/2006 02:00PM
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ive been to the jam twice and it is one of the best things ive been to. its a very different atmosphere. its in a small arena ( i think less than 8000). the crowd that goes varies in age alot. there are alot of tapers and such. the show starts in early evening and goes until usually 2-3am. warrren guest performs with every act almost and its amazing. i have gotten into alot of bands through the jam for example galactic played there 3 years ago and now they are on my top 3. its a great setting and lots of beer. by the end of the night the place is trashed but you walk away with your ears ringing thinking about how much of an amazing thing you just saw. warren gives all the money to habitat for humanity. i actually met warren the day before the jam last year at the habitat headquarters in asheville being thats where im from and warren is an awesome guy. if you have a chance to go to this show you def. should its one of my favorite things to do. even if you dont like a few acts its ok because there are so many to listen to throughout the looong evening. so theres my story of the jam, hope you guys can go.

dmbariola Thu 11/9/2006 02:02PM
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yea i can agree with tuna1. but it usually gets better.

Jenny Jen starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 05:22PM
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Jenny Jen

Haha, I love it...all the "Dave-hating" on the Santa Barbara article (he's not a jamband, he sucks, this, that, etc...) and then he signs on for this! Ha...

Jenny Jen Thu 11/9/2006 05:25PM
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Jenny Jen

oh yeah...should be some good funk jams.

mtn_girl Thu 11/9/2006 05:28PM
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the line up will only improve... lots of great musicians to drown out dave!!! other than that minor setback, i'm sure it will rock like it does every year. xmas jam is such a special show to attend, i feel fortunate to have been to the last 4

simple-alex starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 06:14PM
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i'm there! see you all in asheville (one of the coolest little cities in the country i might add)

OysterDead starstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 06:23PM
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"Drown out Dave"



spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 06:42PM
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DEC. 21 = WARREN HAYNES DAY! That shit is awesome that should be a national holiday where everyone has the day off and you go play guitar or go see MULE. Can't wait for mule dec. 2 in ROCity, wooten is in the city on the same day, would be sick to get a sit-in. Wish I could go to this but its a good 1,000 miles away from me... Next year should be 3 days of madness where everybody in the scene is in asheville. How much money ya think that would make?
And by the way, this lineup rocks

dmbariola Thu 11/9/2006 07:01PM
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wow everywhere we go people criticize dave. grow up and chill out. listen to the music and quit being all 6-grade about and go "drown out dave". just enjoy the music who gives a fuck if daves a "jammer" or not.

yankee Fri 11/10/2006 04:51AM
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"Dave" being criticized is totally warranted. He's like an entry level position into good music. There is nothing particularly offensive about him(besides the large amount of 14 year old girls and frat boys that love him), and there is nothing all that great about him. He is the Peter Frampton of our time.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Fri 11/10/2006 04:54AM
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looks like a good lineup so. the civic center is ok but if you never saw the jam in the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Auditorium in '99 or '00 you missed out big time. having seen it in both i know. i havent gone for several years now. i wish warren would do a christmas in july thing and have it outdoors somewhere near asheville like deerfields or lake toxaway. but then its not my choice. i guess its/hes just too busy during the summer concert touring season or it would be too close in time to bele chere. regardless im sure anyone who goes will have a good time.

stinkd starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/10/2006 08:26AM
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The Christmas Jam last year was absolutely incredible, with Hot Tuna, Micky Hart, Bill Kreutzman, Mike Gordon, Trey, John Scofield playing songs from A-Go-Go with John Madeski, and a whole lot of other great musicians. I can not picture a better Christmas Jam!

deffmidget starstarstarstar Fri 11/10/2006 09:09AM
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X-Mas jam last year, as many have all ready said, was bad-ass. Scofield is one of my favorites of all time and playing with Medeski, Ivan Neville and Stanton Moore was just like....ahhh...jaw-dropping. Then Trey, Gordo, and Kreutzmann to follow. I don't know how Warren's going to top it this year, but we'll see. I'd be much more excited if it was all of DMB, but I guess it's a bit much to ask. Taj Mahal Trio should be cool. New Orleans Social Club you know is going to be funky and The John Popper Project is beginning to prove some worth. Plus, Col. Bruce Hampton is pretty sick and probably won't be playing much longer so it should be a great opportunity to see him. Can't wait. Hope to see everyone there. --Dylster

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this lineup looks weak compared to past lineups.. peace ya;ll

snappy Fri 11/10/2006 10:11AM
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Audley Freed is in the Dixie Chicks? Wow, I didn't see that coming. Though, in fairness, I've developed a passing fancy for the Chicks this year.

Tony8 Fri 11/10/2006 12:04PM
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I don't give a dump if Boy George and Culture Club is playing....as long as Uncle Warren is there it'll be a blast!!

Luthur starstarstarstar Fri 11/10/2006 01:06PM
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Freed is in the Dixie Chicks? Didn't see that coming this morning when I woke up. I've heard their music cause the wife has a cd. Not sure how he fits in.

Solid looking line-up as usual.

zzdowz Fri 11/10/2006 07:30PM
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Thanks dmbariola for the quality review of Warrens Xmas Jam! I do hope to catch it this year. Made it in 05, and brought the parentals they totally enjoyed themselves. It was a good time, hope to catch this year.

zforschler Sat 11/11/2006 01:02PM
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Dave is the Peter Frampton of our time but its true he doesn't Jam. "Drown Out Dave" that just great. but on one hand he has a good drummer

colforbin6 Sat 11/11/2006 11:35PM
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Add THE JANE DOE'S if you want the lineup rounded out...

DogBreath starstarstarstar Sun 11/12/2006 01:57PM
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It could be worst they could be calling it the Holiday Jam..

kindfolk Mon 11/13/2006 11:57AM
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jealous-ass Dave bashers. Nah, he's not one of my favorites but Geez, get a life and celebrate music...you all waste waaaaay too much energy being negative. Warren could be playing WITH the dixie chicks feat.Dave Matthews with guest appearance by Clay Aiken and it would still rock. I'm sure there will be additions to this line-up but between N.O Social Club, Marty Stuart (who i've seen flat out JAM with Warren in Nasheville), Taj Mahal, Col. Bruce, Dave Schools,Kevin Kinney, Mike Barnes....it's going to be SMOKIN'. PLEASE, all those with negative attitudes, PLEASE stay home. This is a great show for a great cause in a great city full of great people... Does Dave suck because he's successful? Because he has a talented band and chicks dig him....yeh, it sucks that frat boys love him but it sucks them frat boys love Widespread too!

mattland Mon 11/13/2006 12:32PM
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I'm not a Dave fan, but I saw him play bonnaroo and when Warren came out with him it was pretty good.

purplehazer87 Mon 11/13/2006 05:09PM
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has no one seen or heard dave live in central park? with warren haynes on cortez and jimi thing i might add...

birdsongjb Mon 11/13/2006 07:48PM
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The CHristmas Jam is the Best single night of music of the year it is a festival wrapped upp in 3 hours.
All acts are sure to blow your mind! Don't like dave? Say that on the morning of the 17th. I bet you'll change your mind!
Marty Stuart stole the show last year. I think he has a surprise or two up his sleeve as well. He could have those surprises tucked away in his hair. Just kidding Marty, I am the Pilgram. Love you and see you there!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 11/14/2006 03:24AM
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more like 7 hours.

cliftonhanger420 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/14/2006 08:41AM
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bottom line is that warren haynes rocks. he also seems like a great and humble guy. he can invite anyone he wants and it will rock. i wish i could go and actually the line up looks killer. i mean ivan neville, george porter jr., n.o. social club, col. bruce, and john popper. gov't mule rocks solo, i agree, quit complaining or stay home. peace.

patshroom starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/14/2006 01:25PM
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this will be my 7th year in a row this is not only the single best night of music every year but its history in the making . every year this show is smokin. get to asheville this ones gonna sell out quick
Philly PAT

dmbariola Tue 11/14/2006 06:11PM
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i got a ticket for my 3rd year. its going to be freakin amazing. the preorders are sold out now. they sold on a few hours after they went on sale i think.

birdsongjb Tue 11/14/2006 08:13PM
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Yes IT is more like 7 hours. I am excited to se all of you there once again!

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oh oh!!! Dave is gonna be there??? omg, omg, omg, I think I am gonna spew!!! good line up in the past, and a good cause, too bad this year is kinda ehhh.. dont worry, I wont go.
but I will give to my local foodbank..

DELYEAH starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/17/2006 01:52PM
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I can't wait. I've gone the last two years and they were amazing. The lineup has been better the last two years, but it still solid. Uncle Warren always makes it worth your while. Marty Stuart was nasty last year!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Fri 11/24/2006 04:07AM
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Tix onsale in a little under 3 hours. Those who are going enjoy.

jerryskid315 Fri 11/24/2006 07:44AM
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got my tickets... goin to the jam!!!!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sat 11/25/2006 12:58PM
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I heard that it sold out in 30 minutes - by 10:30 !

capt funkfried Sun 11/26/2006 11:35AM
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sold out SO fast...need a ticket please!!! already got room booked

FrankNicoletti Sun 11/26/2006 04:58PM
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Sigh. I've been to the Xmas Jam every year for the past four years. I was looking forward to it again, but I guess I'm SOL.

30 minutes. Amazing.

Nick116 Sun 11/26/2006 05:59PM
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I need a ticket.... is there any scalpers at the festival?

birdsongjb Mon 11/27/2006 07:37PM
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There are some shows you get as soon as they go on the pre sale, this is One. Hope You all make it. Try it next year, but don't get mine! Peace, Love and Marty Stuart. I am a lonsome pilgram!

drav starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/28/2006 07:14AM
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looking for 2 tix. i live in charlotte and will drive to pick up. i just moved down from NY and this is my chance to see the AWESOME X-MAS. Please if you have 2 extras, e-mail me. THANKS. drav420@hotmail.com

kyndkylie Tue 11/28/2006 02:22PM
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lucaschad Tue 11/28/2006 03:24PM
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I live in Asheville and need at least one ticket for myself, Please if anyone has any extras to sell email me lucaschad44@yahoo.com.

rayjjm starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/28/2006 09:11PM
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i need 2 tickets aready have rooms booked email if you have any rayjjm@aol.com

whitewaterdeb Thu 11/30/2006 10:03AM
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It turns out that I have 3 extra tickets to the Jam Fest, I know that there a lot of people who did not get tix before the show sold out that really want to go. If interested email me at whitewaterdeb@yahoo.com

tuna1 Thu 11/30/2006 11:10AM
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whitewaterdeb please sell me 2 tickets, e-mail me back. THANKS!

patshroom starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/1/2006 11:16AM
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hello i have been going this will be my seventh year but i would sell my two tix for 600$$$$$$$no exceptions
also if there are any girls that would like to share a room with my friend and i, i have three nights at a hotel on tunnel road for 100$$.kind people only peace

nccopland starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/15/2006 11:15PM
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Warren Haynes Ticket 2006 show. No Joke I have one for sale and must sell it
Call me 828-242-8710 I have 1 we will talk about price I live in asheville and cant use Fair Price

Native51 Sat 1/13/2007 05:40PM
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I had an excellent time this year, but I was dissapointed at the "Dave Kids." As Dave went off and half of the crowd followed him as if mule wasnt even on stage. First off Dave doesnt compaire to mule in my eyes, and second Mule is Warren's band and we are blessed with such an amazing night of music because Warren sets it up. I thought the crowd needed to show more respect to someone who puts on a show for the people and gets paid nothing, that shows he lives music and doesnt just play it. To all you "Dave Kids" you need to realize that Dave does it for the money and doesnt give a shit about you, but Warren does it for the people who love him. Even when Trey played last year the folks who follow him showed more respect than you guys. I'll bet you will never sit through 7 hours of music to hear 4 songs by Dave, why put yourself through a long night for 4 songs when you could have listened to his set on the fuckin radio. Last but not least, I thought he should have come out with everyone at the end and showed his respect to the Dead, Sugaree was awsome by the way, instead of performing and leaving. I'm not blaming Dave for the lack of respect shown, but if you respect your fans they will show respect as well. I only hope Dave can one day be able to give back to music like it has given him a life of luxury. You need to call your friend Warren up and get some leassons on keepin it real and hard work. Mule is School! Take notes

insideacrowd Mon 2/12/2007 04:24PM
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you must be some kind of damn moron... i really don't understand where all this hate comes from for a man who is very successful, and his band. I can explain somewhat, where some of the hatred steps from, and it is more of an insult to people like yours intelligence and failure to see things from outside the damn box... it all stared when the band first started and was coming up with a name, since they had no foresight of what was to come, they hastily decided to name the band, The Dave Matthews Band, a mistake they now regret. its kinda like your problem with the lack of respect from fans that came to the jam only to see Dave and left after he left, in turn giving warren Haynes not as much respect as what you thought he deserved, since he was the man who started the whole thing anyway... Dave started, the Dave Matthews band and the members at the time didn't care about particulars and they weren't bitches that whined for no fucking reason like yourself, they were people who loved music no matter what type of mask it wore or how much money it made or how mainstream or not mainstream it was or wasn't. In the end the band decided on the name because it was simple and put the person who started the band, with the insight and biggest dream of any of them in the forefront, they now regret this because of course it places too much attention on one man instead of the band but all the principles are still there.
Another thing is your Bitchy beef with Dave having fratty or young kids for fans, it doesn't make a fuck dude!!! he has millions of fans and with the more they grow the more possibility of them having damn grandmothers as fans, fan base grows, that means the diversity of that base grows, also you have to look at publicity of the show he is playing at; for instance, at the 2006 Cincinnati. Dave show i was there and there were alot of teenyboppers, that was fine because thats what Cincinnati is, then a month before that i was also at the two night Noblesville,Indiana show, not as much there because it was a different environment.
Thirdly, you dumb-ass... look at the money that anyone has made from music and speak then of luxury, if you would do your homework before you speak, you would know that Dave keeps only enough money from every tour to maintain equipment, and buses and things that have to be in proper working order for a tour to happen, he doesn't have many songs at all on the radio, and those aren't very popular. so he doesn't make much from albums, he brings home about 1.5 million on a good album/tour year, only half of that if you take away one of those.
as far as charity goes, again do your homework and go to his sight and see what all charity's he donates to, countless, i dare you to count them and see what all he has done.

in the end i am not putting Dave or the band on a pedestal, because i cant really build one as high as the one the world has built and already placed them on. He and they are true legends because they can ultimately appeal to everyone, not like the grateful dead wannabes of the bitch stoner band Govt. mule(ass)... --Your new daddy