On December 9 a long-standing tradition will continue, when guitarist Warren Haynes hosts the 29th annual Christmas Jam at the U.S. Cellular Center in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Today, Haynes has revealed the lineup for this year’s event. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity. More than $2 million has been raised by the Jam to date.
As always, Haynes will play the event as Gov’t Mule is aboard as one of the headliners. The band will be joined by Ann Wilson of Heart in a reprise of a set at this year’s Lockn’ Festival. Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, The Avett Brothers, Les Bros. and Blackberry Smoke are also confirmed to perform at this December’s event. Special guests expected to sit-in throughout the evening are Jake Shimabukuro, Holly Bowling, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Kevn Kinney and Mike Barnes with more to be announced.
Classic TAB will find Anastasio leading Tony Markellis, Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton. Trey’s appearance will be his first at the Christmas Jam since 2005. Les Bros, a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, will feature Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bruce Katz and more.
A pre-sale for tickets including a limited number of 4-packs, VIP and travel packages starts on Thursday, October 19. General public on sale begins Thursday, October 26. Stay tuned for further announcements such as the event’s famed “By Day” schedule for performances around Asheville.