Mountain Jam Music Festival, 6/2-6/5/11


7th Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival 
Hunter Mountain
Hunter, NY
June 2-5, 2011

With a stacked 55 member lineup that came complete with Gov’t Mule’s only scheduled performance in 2011 and virtually every festival darling of the season, the Warren Haynes hosted Mountain Jam Music Festival triumphantly broke into its seventh year on Hunter Mountain.

Just as with any outdoor event, there is one thing that can never be predicted. That one thing is the weather. No matter how many people an event puts on its staff or how many loopholes they feel like they have successfully closed, if Mother Nature doesn’t smile down upon the event, there is not much that can be done to combat her.

When most people think about weather that will negatively impact an event, they almost certainly think of rain; the one thing that many would have welcomed at Mountain Jam.   

Instead, what the temporary Catskill residents got was a dustbowl. Everything from vendors’ products to people’s faces and the stages themselves were layered in dirt until the event organizers finally put a plan in motion to saturate the grounds via the use of hoses and golf carts that were equipped with water.  

Weather aside, the reason everyone showed up at the remote location – the music – was nothing short of fantastic.

With four stages set up, including the two main stages that set alongside each other so that when one band was playing they could be tearing down and then setting up the next, the sets carried from one to the next in seamless fashion with an unbelievable backdrop of Hunter Mountain.

As is standard fare for wherever Warren is, he made the most of the opportunities to sit in with the various acts of the weekend including: Grace Potter, Umphrey’s McGee (with John Oates) and 7 Walkers.

On its whole, the weekend in the chilly Catskills was one that will forever be etched in the memories of its patrons. It was a weekend of stellar jam and improvisational music with some of the brightest stars of yesteryear and today…proving that the scene is boundless when it stays music centered…even if it was dusty.


Click the thumbnails below to view photos From The Fest by VerNon Webb