- Mountain Jam (festival)
Mountain Jam Location(s) Hunter Mountain, New York Years active 2005–present Founded by Radio Woodstock/WDST/Gary Chetkof Date(s) weekend after Memorial Day annually Genre Jam band, Rock, Indie, Reggae Website http://www.mountainjam.com/
Mountain Jam is a three-day music festival in upstate New York, held at the world class Hunter Mountain ski resort the weekend after Memorial Day. In its short history, Mountain Jam has become one of the top music festivals in the U.S. and the premier festival in the Northeast. Rolling Stone Magazine named the Mountain Jam Festival one of the Top 8 Music Festivals in the Country. Mountain Jam is an independent music festival produced by locally owned and operated WDST/Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, The Dead, Gov't Mule). Attendees of Mountain Jam can camp onsite in the majestic, rolling green Catskill mountains, or stay in numerous local hotels and inns, as well as ski chalets and houses that are available for weekend rentals. The infrastructure of the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort provides excellent amenities not found in typical outdoor music festivals, such as indoor restroom facilities, a large, full-service bar and lounge area, restaurants and an indoor concert stage. The natural shape and slope of the ski mountains makes for a great, natural amphitheater with fantastic sight lines as the main stages are in a bowl, and the attendees watch the music on sloped mountainsides.
Mountain Jam began in 2005 as a one-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of radio station WDST-FM, in Woodstock, NY. WDST is one of the country's leading progressive independent radio stations, having won numerous radio industry awards for its unique and innovative music mix of classic rock and new, emerging artists. Mountain Jam expanded to a 2 day music festival in 2006, and then added a third day in 2007. Since then, the Festival has grown to feature over 40 bands on 4 stages. The two main stages are positioned next to one another, so that the music rotates non-stop on these stages, without any over-lapping. An indoor stage and an Acoustic Stage in the Awareness Village are also featured. Late Night music sets has the music ending after 3 am.
Since 2008, Mountain Jam has included the Awareness Village, an ongoing effort to stimulate and expand planetary consciousness. The Awareness Village hosts activists spreading the word on offsetting carbon emissions & groups showcasing environmental efforts to help save our planet. The Awareness Village also has information and workshops on crystals, astrology, plant/spirit medicine, yoga, tai chi, and plenty more to keep you healthy spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Mountain Jam VII in 2011 expanded again with 50+ bands on 4 stages and 4 days with early Thursday admission for a limited number of attendees for a pre-festival party Thursday night.
Mountain Jam 2012 May 31 to June 3, 2012
Mountain Jam 2011 June 2 to June 5, 2011.
- Gov’t Mule (co-headline)
- My Morning Jacket (co-headline)
- Warren Haynes Band
- Michael Franti & Spearhead
- The Avett Brothers
- Umphrey’s McGee w/ John Oates
- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones
- Mavis Staples
- Electric Hot Tuna
- North Mississippi Allstars
- The New Deal
- 7 Walkers w/ Bill Kruetzman
- Portugal. The Man
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- Tim Reynolds & TR3
- Toubab Krewe
- Big Gigantic
- Zach Deputy
- Ryan Montbleau Band
- The London Souls
- Charlie Hunter
- Chris Barron (of The Spin Doctors)
- Nicole Atkins
- Carbon Leaf
- Civil Twilight
- The Heavy Pets
- Kung Fu
- The Alternate Routes
- Moon Taxi
- Leroy Justice
- Ari Hest
- Pieta Brown
- The Wiyos
- TAB The Band
- Morning Teleportation
- Bronze Radio Return
- Spirit Family Reunion
- Nathan Moore
- Bobby Long
- Aliza Hava
- The Erin Hobson Compact
- The Big Takeover
- Steven Lynch
- Timbre Coup
- Livingston Leo
Mountain Jam 2010 took place June 4 to June 6, 2010.
- Gov't Mule
- Levon Helm & Friends- 70th Birthday Celebration w/ very special guests
- Michael Franti & Spearhead
- Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
- The Avett Brothers
- Les Claypool
- Yonder Mountain String Band
- Drive-By Truckers
- Toots and the Maytals
- Dark Star Orchestra
- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
- Dr. Dog
- Dave Mason
- Jay Farrar (of Son Volt)
- The Whigs
- The New Mastersounds
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- The Duke & The King
- Justin Townes Earle
- Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram
- The Bridge
- Zach Deputy
- The Brew
- Simone Felice
- Gandalf Murphy & SCD
- Van Ghost
- The London Souls
- These United States
- Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
- Mojo Myles Mancuso
- Dean Batstone
- Kari Spieler
Mountain Jam 2009 took place May 29 to May 30, 2009.
Mountain Jam 2008 took place May 30 to June 1, 2008.
Mountain Jam 2007 took place June 1-3, 2007. Mountain Jam 2007 was the largest music festival in the Northeast/New England. Live webcast of the entire weekend distributed over a national ad hoc network of Clear Channel radio station websites and WDST and Radio Woodstock websites drew over 36,000+ unique concert viewers.
The original Mountain Jam celebrated the 25th anniversary of WDST, Woodstock's radio station. It was a single day event on June 4, 2005.
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