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Interview with Gary Chetkof: Founder of Mountain Jam Festival and principal owner of Radio Woodstock 100.1

Interview with Gary Chetkof: Founder of Mountain Jam Festival and principal owner of Radio Woodstock 100.1
Interviewer/photographer: Vernon Webb


The history: What was your inspiration for Mountain Jam and how did it come about? What was the inspiration?

It is Radio Woodstock 25th year anniversary. I wanted to put on an outdoor party. Found Hunter Mountain and it’s a beautiful location. We had five bands and it was a one day event. After everyone said how amazing it was we decided to do it again the next year. The following year the festival was two days; the next year three days. The growth in size and sound was organic, it was unplanned and spontaneous. Gov’t Mule was the first headliner, they were onboard from the get go. I had been at Woodstock 94, 99; Bonnaroo and thought it was the coolest thing in the world to escape from the world and meet new people and experience new music. Michael Franti has been on the bill since the second year. The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, almost every year. The community of musicians and fans that get together shows musical diversity, it’s a good mix of old and new. Ya, it’s incredible and bigger than we ever imagined. Mountain Jam I and II, started out with half a dozen people, now it’s probably thousands of people. Every year it’s like wow, I can’t believe it.

The town budget has increased. By year three Phil Lesh and Friends; year five Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule’s Levon Helm Tribute. Last year, we had the Black Keys and Robert Plant. Never imagined they would have this level of talent.



I’ve heard rumors of it being moved, is there any merit in that? If so any thoughts on a good place to move too?

It got big, we are constantly thinking of ways to make it good but not too crowded. We do not want to change location. You always look to see options but no intentions of moving. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot, green rolling hills, hiking trails, biking trails, it’s hard to beat. We’ve moved things around so there’s not as many hospitality tents. We want to keep it at Hunter mountain as long as possible.

What are some of the bands that represent the feel of Mountain Jam?

Gov’t Mule and Michael Franti are the soul of the festival. Warren is an amazing guitar player, they are the nicest guys. Franti is on a whole other level where he lifts people’s spirits. The combination of the two is very powerful. Franti has a way to make it stop raining, sunshine for Franti. There was one year there was a rainbow when Franti played. (In fact in stopped raining and the rainbow came out during The Sound Of Sunshine.)



How does rain affect Mountain Jam?

It doesn’t rain every year, you’re there for 4 days, it’s going to rain at least 1 or 2 days. Years 2 and 3 we had a lot of rain and you develop a reputation. Years 4 and 5 no rain but there is the reputation of rain. The perception isn’t really the reality, it is unpredictable. Franti said it’s the only festival where you get all four seasons at one festy. Everybody knows to come with all different clothes to the festival.


What do you like most about putting on Mountain Jam?

Putting the music together is the best part. You get some of your favorite bands together to create the festival. Seeing the creation come to life is my favorite part. There’s a million moving parts, improvisation things that happen where you have to deal with the unexpected. I have a large staff that takes care of most things and only contact me when there is really important things.

What advice would you give to someone who’s wanting to create a festival?

Don’t do it! (lots of laughter) It’s hard to start a festival now. There was a time and place where it was easy. Now it’s very regulated, competitive it was a lot easier and fun at the start. It’s an honor and a privilege to be creating the festival. I feel really lucky. You get to see your friends, like extended family, like a reunion. Cool thing to do but it’s hard to get it started now because of big competition.

Why you got rid of smaller stage on the side?

The only reason we got rid of the small stage was we simply ran out of room and needed the room for something else and issues with sound bleeding over. There’s not a lot of space so you have to compromise.

What are the plans for next year?

I’d like to have all the bands I couldn’t get to this year. I have pie in the sky dreams of who I have in mind.


2015 Ghoul Train Hulaween

2015 Ghoul Train Hulaween

Spirit of the Suwannee

Live Oaks, Florida

Photographer: Brad Kuntz

Writer: James Kastriches


If your Halloween wasn’t spent at Suwannee this year, you really missed out, the third annual Hulaween, in Live Oak, Florida was by far the best Hulaween to date, a complete success in every way. This year the festival topped all other festival attendance at the park to date breaching 21,000 freaky people!




The weather was breathtaking, compared to last year’s bone chilling nights, cloudy but in the upper 70’s for the duration of the weekend.  It actually was a bit too humid during the day the 2nd half of the weekend but bearable.


The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassable. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statures, swing sets, moving lights, mazes and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.




This year’s lineup was stacked, capable to suit all. Bluegrass, EDM, Jam rock, whatever you wanted, was only a stage away, at most times. With headliners String Cheese Incident (of course..7 sets), Railroad Earth, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Slightly Stoopid, Lettuce, Elephant Revival, Papadosio, etc.


The Thursday night pre-party included 5 bands on the amphitheater stage.  A relatively light crowd compared to the weekend, making a slightly more intimate setting. EOTO really got the party started, the duo made up of Jason Hann and Michael Travis of SCI, the dynamic drummer/percussion duo, paying their version of electronic jam.




Dumpstaphunk donned costumes and had an epic cover of Ramble On.  Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, arguably the best touring Grateful Dead “cover band” with an all-star cast super group of musicians, playing their own twist of Dead tunes, belted out a spectacular  Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Eyes Of The World (TH) -> The Music Never Stopped -> Jam # -> The Music Never Stopped Reprise +-> Jam $ -> Help On The Way (TH) -> Myxomatosis Jam %+ -> Slipknot! -> China Cat Sunflower Jam +-> Jam ^ -> China Cat Sunflower to end the evening around camp fires, guitars and Spirit lake and stars.



Friday got started on the Main stage with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds followed by Railroad Earth and then The String Cheese Incident.  After just finishing up fall tour, The String Cheese Incident are absolutely on top of their game, pulling out rare treats, musicianship is top notch.  Cheese started off Friday with ‘Song in my head’, followed by ‘Can’t wait another day’. Tim Carbone and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth sat in for ‘Sometimes a River’, a song Keith Moseley and Todd Sheaffer co-wrote in 2005 in Colorado.  It was clear the barefoot boys wanted to get those songs out of the way and get straight to the jam. The rarely played ‘Indian Creek’ had an appearance, as well as Kang’s rendition of the old tune, ‘red haired boy’: ‘Valley of the Jig’. ‘Round the wheel’ had some really psychedelic elements in the middle of the song that were really unique, as a huge fan, it’s most definitely my favorite version that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing.  ‘On the road’ also had some killer jams added to its usual sound.



The second set started out strong with a funky ‘Colliding’. This set was packed full of fan favorites such as, ‘Restless Wind’, Joyful Sound, Mouna Bowa. Shantytown was a favorite of the night, for obvious reasons, it’s such a fitting song for Suwannee.  We got a Zeppelin cover for the encore, ‘Ramble On’, an excellent way to end the first incident. 



Primus and Pretty Lights closed out the night at the Amphitheater and Main stages, the grounds were peaking out, it was nearly overflowing onto the pavement at Primus and hard to see much if you didn’t get there early.  Likewise at Pretty lights the field was completely packed like never before at this venue from stage to vendors and very difficult to traverse once it packed it.  Both sets were amazing and full of energy.  Primus played classics including Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, American Life, My Name is Mud and Jerry was a Racecar Driver.  Pretty Lights had a lot of very nice lights and tons of energy from the crowd.  There was no stopping the tall flags and polls in the crowd at this show even though they were supposedly banned at this years festival.  Jon Stickley and Friends played on the Spirit lake Stage until 4am, a great performance to close out the live music




Saturday Halloween..

Bluegrass started the day off at the main stage, first with the Jon Stickley trio beginning the dat as it had ended the night before.  The the Sam Bush Band.  With a Slightly Stupid detour to the Amphitheater Stage, it was SCI again for an epic Hulaween three set stand at the main stage.   ‘Dudleys Kitchen’ (classic cheese instrumental) started things off and got everyone moving! The favorite from the first set was “XAI”, formerly known as “Skat”, another instrumental jam, with Kang heavy on the fiddle. Only the 3rd time played all tour, and only the 3rd time played in the last 10 years!  Such a welcomed appearance. A first set ‘Rivertrance’ was also a nice Halloween treat. Michael Kang told us before walking off stage for a brief intermission, “I hope yall are wearing your fucking bell bottoms!”




Set 2, (the Halloween set), was a straight up disco, it was simply incredible. The boys came out dressed in their late 70’s-early 80’s attire, Afros and all. Along with a horn section and people professional dancers dancing on each side of the stage with RZA (from Wutang) as emcee. The crowd went nuts as the 1977 classic ‘Brick House’ began. The whole set was all songs from the disco era, that everyone whose anyone is familiar with, ‘Carwash’, ‘Dance to the music’, ‘Got to be real’, ‘I’m your boogie man’ a much different Halloween set than we’re used to seeing.




Set 3 began with the fiddle tune “Bollymunster”, waking everyone back up from the set break and it was all Gouda from there, ‘Desert Dawn’, ‘Best feeling’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Rosie’ this set was a heater. The encore was special, a ‘Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’ followed by ‘We are family’




We closed the night with a set from the New Mastersounds at the Spirit lake Stage.



Sunday Last Day

Following a main stage opener Sunday morning from Elephant Revival, Billy Nershi announced to us that they were feeling “A little rough around the edges” as they took the stage on Sunday afternoon, and that this was the “hangover set.” But it was in every way one of the favorite parts of the festival, since it was a bluegrass hoedown! With guests Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Elephant revival on nearly every song on the first set. The set list was out of this world, for a die-hard cheeser. Opening with a stellar version of a Flatt & Scruggs cover ‘Blue Ridge Cabin Home’.

‘Lester had a Coconut’ was dusted off, and it sounded great. It’s been years since they’ve pulled that one out of the bag. The hangover set was literally full of bluegrass favorites, ‘Catfish John’, 9 pound hammer’, ‘Will the circle be unbroken’.



They wrapped up their last set with a smaller but killer set, ‘Little Hands’, ‘Outside and Inside’, followed by ‘Windy Mountain’, ‘Bumpin Reel’ and ‘Colorado Bluebird Sky’, with a Bob Marley cover/encore ‘Could you be loved’. A perfect way to close their final act.


Lettuce played an stellar set at the amphitheater stage with some new songs off their latest album.


STS9 closed out the main stage as they had a the first Suwanee Hulaween three years before.  With a new female bass player  Alana Rocklin  and Zach Velmer the drummer (arguably the hardest working band member and musician in general) along with tons of crowd energy and crazy awesome light show, played jam based electronic jam.  Starting off with a favorite ‘Vapors’ and ‘Inspire Strikes Back’ and closing with ‘World Go Round’ and ‘Instantly’, the only thing wrong was it was just barely a warm up.



Once again, this was the best festival put on a Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and in a dead heat for best festival on land these days.  We will all be back next year!

The 19th Annual Magnolia Fest on October 15-18, 2015

Magnolia Fest 2015

Features Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin Band & more

The 19th Annual Magnolia Fest on October 15-18, 2015

at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL


In just one week Magnolia Fest will celebrate it’s 19th year at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. The festival kicks off on October 15th and will run through Sunday, October 18th.


The line up for this year includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin Band, Roosevelt Collier & The Travelin McCourys, Doyle Bramhall II, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rebirth Brass Band, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, The Motet, New Orleans Suspects, Col Bruce Hampton, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Lost Bayou Ramblers, CeDell Davis, The Lee Boys, The Congress, Band of Heathens, The London Souls, Nikki Talley and more.


The 500+ plus acre campground of Spirit of the Suwannee provides one of the most unique festival experiences a festivarian can have. The beautiful wooded floodplain surrounded by upland pine woods and maturing hardwood forests draped in thick lush Spanish moss bestows one of the finest backdrops imaginable. The mystic of the antebellum era can be felt as one hikes through the 12 miles of trails.


Magnolia Fest will kick off on Thursday, October 15th with the American sacred steel ensemble, Lee Boys. The Florida based band’s unique sound has attracted musical such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Michelle Shocked, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks Band w/ Susan Tedeschi, The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Toubab Krewe, Victor Wooten, The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys- all of whom have played with the Lee Boys and/or invited them to tour with them. The Amphitheater and Porch stage will host acts throughout the day from Ivey West Band, Band of Heathens, Parker Urban Band, The Congress, The Corbitt Brothers, The Motet (who will also close out the evening on Friday), Appalachian singer song writer Nikki Talley. The evening is set to close with Massachusetts based band, Lake Street Drive known for their split difference between Motown soul, sixties pop zip and British invasion swagger.



The lineup for Friday continues the introduction of some world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco with opening acts Grits and Soul and Bonnie Blue. Friday also sees the addition of two stages, an expansive Meadow Stage and the Music Hall. Performances will include Mojo Gurus, Applebutter Express, Berry Oakley’s Skylab. The Lee Boys, The Corbitt Brothers, Nikki Talley and The Congress will take to the stages once again for those who missed out on the Thursday sets. The lineup continues with Cedell Davis, Habanero Honeys, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Col. Bruce Hampton, Grammy award winning bluegrass favorites the Del MCoury Band, Quartermoon, The London Souls and Doyle Bramhall II whose been on tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The Travelin’ McCourys with the front man for the Lee Boys Roosevelt Collier will play a set before the headline for the evening Tedeschi Trucks Band. The Colorado impro funk band The Motet will wrap up the performances on the stages. Late night campfire pickin’ will continue into the wee hours of the morning by attendees and performers alike.



Saturday’s lineup packed to the gills with goodness will include Steve Pruett’s Back from the Brink, Bryce Alastair Band, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Quartermoon, Berry Oakley’s Skylab, The Corbitt Brothers, Flagship Romance, Whetherman, JacksonVegas, Col. Bruce Hampton, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sloppy Joe, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Quebe Sisters, Rebirth Brass Band, Grits and Soul, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Jeff Austin Band, Jim Lauderdale, New Orleans Suspects. The multi Grammy award winning Americana folk rock band, The Avett Brothers, will headline the Meadow Stage Saturday evening. Donna the Buffalo the amazing zydeco, folk rock band will close out the evening.



donna buffalo


The low key Sunday schedule gives attendees the opportunity to explore the wonderful Spirit of the Suwanee Park. The shady banks of the historic Suwannee River provide an excellent picturesque paddling experience with canoe rentals or wandering the trails by bike or foot. The lineup for Sunday starts at noon on the Amphitheater stage with Big Cosmo, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Jim Lauderdale, Keller William’s Grateful Gospel and will close with a set from Donna the Buffalo.


Tickets are on sale in advance and at the gate. Tickets are $200 until October 14th; and $210 at gate. All weekend tickets are inclusive of all taxes and fees, and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Fans can also upgrade their experience with VIP tickets for $400 which includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks. Single day tickets are available. Student and Military tickets are $180 and $210 at the gate. The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please visit the park’s web site at call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683. For further information and tickets, please visit →

Northwest String Summit 2015 Preview



Just outside of Portland, Oregon, nestled in a majestic old growth forest lies Horning’s Hideout, home to Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Northwest String Summit, a gathering of the finest pickers and grinners you’re likely to see.  Joining Yonder in the picturesque setting are legends like Del McCoury and David Grisman, modern masters Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, funksters The Greyboy Allstars, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Portland area home town heroes Fruition and The Shook Twins, east coast representatives like Town Mountain and flat picking guru Larry Keel and so many more.


While the stages fill with once in a life time sets and super jams honestly, the location itself is the most mind blowing thing you’ll experience.  Horning’s Hideout is a nature preserve, and it hosts only one or two events a year, to lessen the ecological impact and as such, any opportunity to commune with the surrounding beauty is one not to be missed.  Between the strolling peacocks, the pristine lake and the wooded hiking paths you will be hard pressed to find a better place to see live music.  There’s a natural amphitheater that faces the lake and when the lights paint their leaves and the music fills the air there’s a magic feeling that permeates the entire festival.  With a strong focus on family, there are lots of lil ones running around, with tons of activities for them to enjoy besides getting an early education in music appreciation.



Yonder takes their hosting duties very seriously, hosting workshops, sitting in with as many acts as they can, and just wandering the grounds sharing stories and love.  They help curate the line up as well, and having spent well over a decade on the scene have gotten to know so many of the finest players on the scene that they can pick most any band and know that they are bringing in friends they can count on to give their all for the musical cause.


With a stellar line up of incredible bands and players, a setting that truly defines the phrase “Natural Beauty” and a open, inviting vibe indicative of the Pacific Northwest, there is no finer way to while away a weekend than the Northwest String Summit.  See you there!


Purchase tickets HERE!

The Purple Hatters Ball Line Up 2015



Howling Wolves Present has announced the lineup for the eighth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball. Taking place at the famed Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida May 8 – 10, the three-day music festival benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

The 2015 Purple Hatter’s Ball (PHB) line-up features Lotus, Nahko and Medicine For the People, Alex Grey, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries, Toubab Krewe, The Werks, Random Rab, Roosevelt Collier’s Suwannee Jam, Adrian Crutchfield and the Extraordinary Gentlemen, DubConscious, Greenhouse Lounge, The Malah, Catfish Alliance, Benyoro and many more.

PHB 2015 will utilize five stages including a Beach Stage located along the wild blackwater Suwannee River and a Silent Disco. The event also features live art, yoga and workshops. The most memorable moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss leads an emotional Mother’s Day Ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Last year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on.

Purple Hatter’s Ball will also host an official onsite pre-party on Thursday, May 7 inviting fans to arrive at SOSMP a day early and providing the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking and disc golf. Performers include Elephant Revival, Space Capone, DubConscious, Mouth, Cure For The Common and El Dub.

The Rachel Morningstar Foundation exists to help the public understand the benefit of guidelines for law enforcement’s use of confidential informants (CIs). Currently each state, county, city, college campus or law enforcement agency sets their own standards, laws or guidelines as it relates to recruiting and using CIs. The efforts of this foundation are dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. The first of its kind in the U.S., Rachel’s Law, a Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2009, established new guidelines for law enforcement when dealing with confidential informants.

A limited number of early bird tickets are currently on sale for $79 + taxes and fees, HERE.   Tickets will include three days of music and primitive camping. Tickets for the pre-party are $40 + taxes and fees, and include camping. The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. To join the wait list for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hook-ups, please contact Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at (386) 364-1683.

Purple Hatter’s Ball 2015 Lineup:
Lotus ~ Nahko and Medicine For the People ~ Alex Grey ~ Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries ~ Toubab Krewe
The Werks ~ Random Rab ~ Roosevelt Collier’s Suwannee Jam ~ Adrian Crutchfield and the Extraordinary Gentlemen
DubConscious ~ Greenhouse Lounge ~ The Malah ~ Catfish Alliance ~ Benyoro ~ Raja’s Human Being
Kansas Bible Company ~ Cadillac Jones ~ Grandpa’s Cough Medicine ~ Mouth ~ Cure For The Common
Trial By Stone ~ Empire Strikes Brass ~ Les Racquet ~ Shak Nasti ~ MZG ~ Scott Campbell Band w/ Avis Berry
Super Mande Jam ~ Parker Urban Band ~ New Earth Army ~ Future Vintage ~ The Galbraith Group
Lucky Costello ~ Sex Manatee’s Basshole ~ Aaron Lebos Reality ~ Daria & The Hip Drops ~ Firewater Tent Revival
Lava ~ Tambor ~ Bells and Robes ~ Flat land ~ Grit ~ Ruby & Friends ~ Vlad the Inhaler ~ Sir Charles
Zak the Blak ~ Ben Danner ~ Combustible ~ bleek ‘n coy ~ Charlie Hustle ~ Cry Havoc ~ Chews
Ardency ~ Brother Dan ~ Mhkaz

Thursday Pre-Party:
Elephant Revival ~ Space Capone ~ DubConscious ~ Mouth ~ Cure For The Common ~ El Dub


Warren Haynes Presents the 26th Annual Christmas Jam

Warren Haynes Presents the 26th Annual Christmas Jam

Written by: Amber Jennings
















In just two weeks Warren Haynes will present the 26th Annual Christmas Jam on December 13th in Asheville, North Carolina at the U.S. Cellular Center . Feature artists will be Gov’t Mule; Billy & the Kids (Bill Kreutzmann, Aron Magner, Reed Mathis, Tom Hamilton and special guests); Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks); Jason Isbell; The Revivalists; Vince Gill. The special guests for the event will be Oteil Burbridge; Jackie Greene; Caleb Johnson; Kevn Kinney; Jack Pearson; Paul Riddle and Love Cannon.


Asheville native and Southern rock Grammy award winner Warren Haynes has been a long time advocate for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. This past year Haynes presented the charity with $500,000 in Christmas Jam proceeds from the 2013 two-night jam and has raised over $1.5 million for the charity over the last seven years.


Christmas Jam’s Official Welcome Party  will kick off on Thursday, December 11th at the Altamont Theatre and will feature the Pennsylvania bluegrass band, Cabinet. There will be an acoustic jam hosted by Kevn Kinney, the long time favorite event will start at 12:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and run until 5:00 PM both days.  Performances will include Ray Sisk, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Aaron Wood, Laura Reed, Bobby Miller & The Virginia Daredevils, Red Honey, Josh Daniel – Mark Shimick Project, Leigh Glass, David Earl, Jamie Dose & Dorsey Parker, The Pond Brothers, Ian Harrod and Michelle Malone. Admission is $10 at the door or a VIP Pass, there are no advance tickets.


There will be a Christmas Jam Art Show at the Satellite Gallery, all proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The gallery will include work from Jay Blakesberg, Robbie Cohn, Mike Dubois, Nate Duval, Stuart Engel, Drew Findley, Justin Helton, Gary Houston, Steven Johannsen, Joshua Marc Levy, AJ Masthay, Allison Murphy, Stewart O’Sheilds, David Oppenheimer, DIno Perucci, Jeff Troldahl, John Warner, Michael Weintrob and Jeff Wood.


There are two different VIP packages available through CID Entertainment that include a pre-jam at the Orange Peel. The Christmas Jam VIP Experience includes one ticket to the 26th Annual Christmas Jam on December 13th at The US Cellular Center; one ticket to the Annual Pre-Jam at the Orange Peel on December 12th (not open to the public), the only attendees at this intimate event are VIPs, donors to WNCW Radio and Friends & Family of Warren and the other XJ artists. There will also be a photo opportunity with Warren Haynes after the Pre-Jam. The Christmas Jam VIP Experience will also include early entry to The US Cellular Center through a private VIP entrance, exclusive VIP viewing area in front of the stage on the arena floor at The US Cellular Center with access to reserved VIP seats in the balcony of The US Cellular Center, close to the stage. The Christmas Jam VIP Experience will also include all night access to the VIP Party Lounge with Cash Bar, admission to Christmas Jam By Day events (capacity permitting); one Exclusive 26th Annual Christmas Jam merchandise gift, one 26th Annual Christmas Jam tote bag, one limited edition 26th Annual Christmas Jam poster, one 26th Annual Christmas Jam shirt and one on-site VIP concert concierge. There is also an upgrade to VIP, the Golden Hammer Super VIP Experience which includes all VIP amenities plus: exclusive access to a side stage viewing area at Christmas Jam, exclusive access to the 26th Annual Christmas Jam Friends & Family lounge/bar, one  26th Annual Christmas Jam gift bag, one autographed limited edition 26th Annual Christmas Jam poster and one exclusive commemorative event laminate.


Tickets for the event may be purchased HERE and VIP tickets may be purchased HERE.




Waka Winter Classic schedule released


Wakarusa Music Festival announces it’s 9th annual Waka Winter Classic schedule. The Winter Classic dates will kick off on January 22, 2015 in Austin, Texas in search of the best musical talent and continue to 13 additional states and 19 more cities. The winner of the classic will play at the 12th annual 2015 Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas on June 4th – 7th.


For musicians and artists that wish to participate they may sign up through the official Waka Winter Classic website. There will be up to five artists chosen to play in each of the cities. The musicians will be selected based on a talent, musicianship, draw and marketability. The winner from each of the 20 cities will be chosen by the audience.


Waka Winter Classic Dates:

Jan 22, 2015- The Parish- Austin, TX
Jan 23, 2015- Trees- Dallas, TX
Jan 24, 2015- Cain’s Ballroom- Tulsa, OK
Jan 29, 2015- Cervantes’- Denver, CO
Jan 31, 2015- Hodi’s Half Note- Ft. Collins, CO
Feb 6, 2015- The Bottleneck- Lawrence, KS
Feb 6, 2015- George’s Majestic- Fayetteville, AR
Feb 7, 2015- Minglewood Hall- Memphis, TN
Feb 12, 2015- Old Rock House- St. Louis, MO
Feb 12, 2015- Mojo’s- Columbia, MO
Feb 13, 2015- The Outland Ballroom- Springfield, MO
Feb 13, 2015- Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE
Feb 19, 2015- The Abbey- Chicago, IL
Feb 19, 2015- Aisle 5- Atlanta, GA
Feb 20, 2015- Workplay- Birmingham, AL
Feb 21, 2015- Vaudeville Mews- Des Moines, IA
Feb 21, 2015- 12th and Porter- Nashville, TN
Feb 26, 2015- Duling Hall- Jackson, MS
Feb 27, 2015- The Library at Northgate- Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 28, 2015- Stickyz- Little Rock, AR


Suwannee Hulaween Schedule Announced!


The second annual Suwannee Hulaween schedule has been announced by Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions. The event is hosted by one of most anticipated Halloween acts, The String Cheese Incident and runs from October 31 – November 2, 2014 at Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.


The schedule announcement also divulged the Bluegrass Surprise Saturday evening is Keller Williams and Friends!















The event will kick off with a Thursday Pre-party that includes MZG, Modern Measure, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Particle and Electron. Tickets are available for $40 advance/$50 gate and include camping at





















The schedule is every festivarian’s dream come true with very little overlap and sets that start after noon and not to mention the seven sets String Cheese Incident! Fans will be treated to surprise-filled extravagant three-set Halloween show themed “The Afterlife.” Guests are encouraged to become part of the show with theatrics and costumes that interpret their take on life after death.































They mystical 800 acre park is nestled alongside the Suwannee River. The Spanish moss-draped oak and cypresses invite festivarian’s to let loose and howl at the moon for a fun filled weekend. Tickets can still be purchased HERE 

























Suwannee Hulaween 2014 Lineup

The String Cheese Incident (3 nights)

Thievery Corporation

Big Gigantic

Beats Antique

The New Deal

Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set)

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead


Greensky Bluegrass

The Dean Ween Group



Future Rock

Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise

Nahko & Medicine For The People

Rising Appalachia

Rob Garza (DJ Set)

Kung Fu

The Soul Rebels

Judah and the Lion

Van Ghost

The Heavy Pets

Ghost Owl

Greenhouse Lounge


Strung Like A Horse

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Shane Pruitt Band


Dustin Thomas


Post Pluto

Kinfolk Celebration 2014

Kinfolk Celebration 2014   kinfolk2014_4.25x6_NEW_zoo   Our friends in the Yonder Mountain String Band are throwing one hell of a party at Planet Bluegrass in a couple of weeks!  With the bands regular special guests Jake Joliff and the fiery Allie Kral already making mad sparks with Adam, Ben and Dave they’re joined by super stars like John Bell of Widespread Panic, Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter of the Travelin’ McCourys, Drew Emmitt and even the Patron Saint of Festivals Vince Herman. A once in a life time set of music and mayhem is on it’s way!  With full sets by The Travelin’ McCourys, Head For The Hills and the up and coming Gipsy Moon the fun will run till the wee hours of the night.  Tickets and information available HERE     Kinfolk Poster

Suwannee Springfest Preview

Suwannee Springfest :A Tradition Like No Other



In an uncertain world there are few things you can count on, the changing of the seasons being one and an amazing array of music at the Suwannee Springfest down in Live Oak, Florida, March 20th-23rd. The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park was founded as a home for bluegrass, and though it has grown far beyond it’s original intent, it’s never lost sight of it’s heritage. Legends and nervous first timers alike have taken the legendary amphitheater stage to the delight of audiences young and old. The majestic cypress trees stand reverent, as a mix of traditional and modern string music blends into a seamless whole…four days of music and the some of the most gorgeous camping in the country.




It’s a family affair at the top of the bill, with The Avett Brothers, The Punch Brothers and Del McCoury and his band, which include his talented sons Robbie and Ronnie. Perennial park favorites Donna The Buffalo, The Duhks and Jim Lauderdale bring a sense of continuity and community to the proceedings, while Jason Isbell and the Southern Soul Assembly (Featuring J.J. Grey and Anders Osborne) bring a little rock to the proceedings. Rising stars Floodwood, Town Mountain and Rumpke Mountain Boys take their first crack at the stages of the park, while Sam Bush and Greensky Bluegrass return to the scene of some of their most epic past sets to write a new chapter in the legend of the park.



Springfest has an incredible line up of bands, certainly, but as mentioned, the park itself and it’s traditions are a major part of the experience. Around the main camping areas communal fires are stoked and the players who by day grace the stage wander the night, seeking new and familiar faces alike to share in a good old fashioned picking party. It’s a regular sight to see fans with their own instruments standing shoulder to should next to their idols, sharing the joy of song, and even a bottle or two as the night stretches on toward daybreak. An entire generation has grown with the park, as children become adults and have families of their own, bringing their little ones back down to Florida to experience the magic and wonder they felt themselves. With so little in the world you can truly depend on, it’s nice to know that come spring, The gates of the Suwannee will open wide and the music will once again soar through the day and long into the night.


Tickets for The Suwannee Springfest are available online HERE