Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam Announces 2018 Lineup
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam returns for its 30th annual installment this December. The charity event will be held over two days at the U.S. Cellular Center in the guitarist’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina on December 7 and 8. Haynes revealed the lineup for the 2018 Christmas Jam, a.k.a Christmas Jam 30.
Gov’t Mule will present a “Dark Side Of The Mule” tribute to Pink Floyd on December 7. Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, Marco Benevento and Mike Gordon are also aboard for performances on the 7th. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl headlines on December 8 for a set billed as “Dave Grohl And Friends Play ‘Play'” in reference to his 23-minute instrumental. Gov’t Mule, Eric Church, Jim James and Joe Bonamassa round out the lineup for the 8th. A series of special guests have also been announced. Audley Freed, Fred Elringham, Jen Gunderman, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Barnes, Robert Kearns and Ron Holloway are the confirmed special guests for Christmas Jam 30 with more to be revealed at a later date.
Read a statement from Warren Haynes:
“I can’t believe that it has been 30 years since myself and a few friends held a small event in a local club so we could all play together around the holidays and donate a small amount of money to charity. Never in our wildest dreams did I, or anyone in attendance that night, expect that our little show would evolve into the event that it has, taking place over 2 nights at the arena where I saw so many great shows as a teenager. It’s gone from being a local event to an international one and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all the great artists, bands, and musicians that have donated their time through the years. I am thrilled and humbled that so many incredible musicians are going to help celebrate this milestone. This is truly going to be the biggest and best Christmas Jam yet.”
As always, proceeds from the event benefit the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity. Over $2.3 million has been raised to date. Pre-sale tickets go up for grabs on Friday, October 19 and include a limited number of discounted two-day passes and VIP/Travel Packages. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 26.