Asheville’s Grammy-winning blues rock star Warren Haynes topped himself Friday, giving a record $500,000 in Christmas Jam concert proceeds to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. That brings his total gifts to Habitat to more than $1.8 million.
“We were all overwhelmed when we discovered how well we had done,” Haynes said Friday afternoon at Habitat’s Hudson Hills neighborhood, named for the rocker’s young son Hudson, 3. The 2013 Jam was a two-night, sold-out affair that featured such stars as Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Keb Mo, Widespread Panic and Grace Potter. “We did well with merchandise and we were able to keep the expenses down due to a lot of volunteers,” he said. A partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing and a pay-per-view web stream “were major contributing factors as well,” Haynes said.
The size of this year’s Christmas Jam check stunned the organization’s director Lew Kraus. “You should have been with me when we got the news,” he said “Not only is this the largest gift from the Christmas Jam, but this is the single largest gift I have ever received. It’s a phenomenal gift. A half million dollars is a lot of money.”
We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with TourGigs and will be streaming live VIDEO from the 25th Annual Christmas Jam. We will be streaming from both nights, and proceeds from the stream will benefit Habitat for Humanity. This is the first time the Christmas Jam has been streamed, sand with both nights now sold out, this is your only opportunity to experience what makes the such a special event. The stream will include artist interviews, footage from the intimate “dress rehearsal” from Thursday night at the Orange Peel, footage from the 2006 Christmas Jam DVD and more.
A ticket to stream a single night is $20; buy both nights for $30! Please join us from the comfort of your home this holiday season to support The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam.
Christmas Jam by Day will be going on Friday and Saturday afternoons prior to the Christmas Jam in Downtown Asheville. Returning as always to our day time lineup are the Christmas Jam Art show at The Satellite Gallery along with the Acousitc Jam Hosted by Kevn Kinney at Jack of The Wood. We also will have music at The Asheville Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, as well as music at The Emerald Lounge on Saturday only.
Christmas Jam has partnered this year with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of America’s premier craft breweries based in Chico, CA, to create a limited edition 25th Anniversary Christmas Jam Session Ale. Sierra Nevada will soon open a brewery in Mills River, NC, and it collaborated with one of its new neighbors, Asheville Brewing Co., on the anniversary beer. It’s available now throughout Western North Carolina and will be available on tap during the shows. It is a hop-driven, easy-going session ale with cool notes of citrus and pine alongside bright fruity aromas. This medley balances against a light, toasty malt backbone for jam-worthy drinkability.
Saturday December 14th
$10 - Advance Tickets Available 12/4 @ Noon Through Christmas Jam Ticketing
12pm - Doors
1pm - The Broadcast
2pm - Empire Strikes Brass
3pm - Jeff Sipe Trio (Jeff Sipe, Mike Seal, Taylor Lee) w/ Guests Roosevelt Collier & More
4pm - Trouble Featuring Woody Wood & Shane Pruitt
Saturday December 14th
$10 - Advance Tickets Available Wed 12/4 @ Noon Through Christmas Jam Ticketing
12pm - Doors
1pm - Red Honey
2pm - Jeff Santiago & Los Gatos Negros
3pm - Velvet Truckstop
4pm - Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work
The acoustic jam hosted by Kevn Kinney at Jack of the Wood has been a staple of Christmas Jam by Day since the beginning. With music starting at noon on both Friday and Saturday and running until 5pm the event will feature a wide variety of performers and special guests floating in throughout the day. The performer list will be posted shortly, but it is always worth stopping by for drinks, food and great music.
Admission is $10 at the door. There are no advance tickets.
The Satellite Gallery in conjunction with the Golden Gate Gallery will once again host the Christmas Jam Art Show, with proceeds from art sales donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.
The gallery will be open starting at 3pm on Thursday 12/12, with an opening reception on Friday 12/13 with complimentary beer from 3 pm to 7 pm. Gallery will be open during the day on Saturday 12/14 as well. Admission to the Satellite Gallery is free every day!
Also the band Cabinet will be performing a special set on Satuday 12/14 @ 1pm at the Gallery. It's the perfect way to start your day.
Featuring rock & roll art and photography from:
Jay Blakesberg - www.blakesberg.com
John Warner - www.johnwarnerstudios.com
Stewart O'Shields - www.stewartoshields.com
Justin Helton - www.statusserigraph.com
Dino Perrucci - www.dinoperrucciphotography.com/
Richard Biffle – www.olcrowstudio.com
David Oppenheimer - www.performanceimpressions.com
Gary Houston - www.voodoocatbox.com
Jeff Wood - www.drowningcreek.com
Allison Murphy - www.allisonmurphy.com & www.ruthrocks.com
Steve Johannsen - www.steves-art.com
Joshua Marc Levy, 423 - www.AshevilleArtFamily.com
Mike Dubois - www.mikedubois.net
AJ Masthay - www.masthaystudios.com
Robbi Cohn – www.deadimages.com
Stuart Engel - www.stuart-engel.artistwebsites.com
Artwork will remain on display at The Satellite Gallery through January 26th, 2014.
John Scofield Uber Jam
Phil Lesh Quintet
Aquarium Rescue Unit
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
OAR (Of A Revolution)
Dr. Dan Matrazzo