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.