Words by Meredith Berke - www.viewskewed.com
Photos by David Oppenheimer - www.performanceimpressions.com
Christmas Jam, December 2010, Asheville, NC - (click on photos for large view)
The Christmas Jam in Asheville is a yearly event hosted by guitarist Warren Haynes. All proceeds are donated to Habitat for Humanity. The caliber of musicians, the beautiful Asheville charm, the official “Pre-Jam” and the shows before and after the official “Christmas Jam” turned out to be a 24-hour festival filled with southern jams, lots of guitars, and some very happy guests.
The Friday night “Pre-Jam” at The Orange Peel, the crowd was treated to the official Christmas Jam rehearsal, aproposly named “The Pre-Jam.” The Orange Peel unveiled the annually made brew Christmas Jam White Ale, and the crowd enjoyed a preview of the headliners for the “Christmas Jam:” Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Bell, JoJo Hermann, Todd Nance, Umphree’s McGee, Steve Miller, Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman, and Ivan Neville, among others.
Saturday night at the Asheville Civic Center for an evening packed with rocking jams from Umphree’s McGee, John Bell (Widespread Panic), Steve Miller singing with a harpist, the unveiling of The Warren Haynes Band with Ivan Neville, Ruthie Foster, and Ron Holloway.
Gregg Allman played and jammed with Haynes, Neville, Audley Freed, and Cody Dickinson.
John Bell came on to sing with Allman, and then New Orleans’ own The Dirty Dozen Brass Band came on to add horns into the mix and the jam kept sliding on and on late into the evening.
It was also snowing outside. Inside that Civic Center, on the other hand, was hot,… sweaty hot.
View photos and slide show of the 2010 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Pre-Jam
More photos and slide show from the 2010 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam