01.26.12 GOV’T MULE TO RETURN TO MOUNTAIN JAMMOUNTAIN JAM FESTIVAL INITIAL LINEUP RELEASED:
STEVE WINWOOD, GOV’T MULE TO HEADLINE 8TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN JAM FESTIVAL MAY 31-JUNE 3, 2012
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD RETURN ALONG WITH FIRST-TIME APPEARANCES BY THE ROOTS, BEN FOLDS FIVE, AND THE WORD (FEATURING ROBERT RANDOLPH, JOHN MEDESKI, AND THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS)
EARLY-BIRD TICKETS ON-SALE NOW WITH NEW PREMIUM CAMPING VILLAGE
(Woodstock, NY) - Radio Woodstock and world-renowned guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) present the 8th annual Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain, NY from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3, 2012. Mountain Jam will welcome its strongest lineup of talent yet with approximately 50 bands on 4 stages over the course of the 4-day Festival. Discounted early-bird VIP, 3-Day, 4-Day, and Camping Festival Passes are on-sale now at MountainJam.com.
Legendary British international recording artist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist for Traffic, Blind Faith, and Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood will perform as one of Mountain Jam’s 2012 headliners. Govt Mule will return as a headliner for their 8th consecutive Mountain Jam.
Long time Mountain Jam favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead will be gracing the Festival stage for their 7th straight appearance and will once again perform an intimate acoustic set in the Awareness Village. Famed hip-hop/neo soul group, and official house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, will make their inaugural appearance on the Mountain in 2012. Singer-songwriter, producer, and judge of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Ben Folds, will reunite his alt-rock trio Ben Folds Five after an 11-year hiatus for only a few shows this summer including a stop at Mountain Jam. Sacred steel/gospel/southern rock supergroup, The Word, will bring together the talents of Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and the North Mississippi Allstars (Luther and Cody Dickinson, Chris Chew) at this year’s Festival.
Also on the bill for Mountain Jam 8: New Orleans funk of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, bluegrass with Travelin’ McCourys ft. Keller Williams, funk jazz of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, folk rock with Dawes (returning for the second consecutive year), Austin-based guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr., Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, indie-pop group GIVERS, funk/soul/R&B singer and Daptones recording artist Charles Bradley, and many more. A complete list of the initial lineup is attached.
Mountain Jam 2012 will once again offer early Thursday admission with a Festival Pre-Party featuring the funk jazz of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Late Night with Bustle In Your Hedgerow (featuring Joe Russo (drummer for Furthur), Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, Marco Benevento and Scott Metzger) playing energized versions of Led Zeppelin classics, island-infused drum n’ bass/gospel/soul of Zach Deputy, and the rock power trio Planet of the Abts (featuring Matt Abts and Jorgen Carlsson of Gov’t Mule).
New in 2012, Mountain Jam will offer a limited number of Luxury Pre-Pitched Tents on the Mountain atop the Concert Field and Awareness Village. Each campsite provides room for up to six campers and includes a pre-pitched canvas tent, cots, tables, rugs, and a lantern, along with an exclusive lounge for Premium Camping Villagers. Pre-Pitched Tents may be reserved at MountainJam.com.
The festival’s forward-thinking Awareness Village will once again host a special acoustic stage, as well as exhibits from not-for-profit organizations and environmental groups, children's entertainment, performance and sculpture art, physical and spiritual healing, a beer and wine garden, and much more. The Festival will also be continuing its greening efforts with recycling, carbon offsets, and free water refills to reduce the usage of plastic water bottles.
Originally conceived in 2005 as a single-day celebration of Radio Woodstock's 25th anniversary, Mountain Jam has blossomed into a four-day, multi-stage event, featuring onsite camping, and one of the northeast’s most pristine natural amphitheaters. The Festival received a Pollstar Award nomination in 2011 in the category of Best Music Festival. The New York Post called Mountain Jam one of the “summer’s best music festivals” in 2009, and Rolling Stone magazine listed the Festival in its list of “Top 8 Best Fests” of 2008.
Over the years, Mountain Jam has hosted some of the top names in live music, including The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & RatDog, My Morning Jacket, Warren Haynes Band, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ray LaMontagne, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool, Dave Mason, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Hold Steady, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Hot Tuna, Coheed & Cambria, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mike Gordon, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Galactic, Umphrey’s McGee and Robert Randolph & The Family Band, among many others. Last year, the festival presented Levon Helm’s 70th Birthday Jubilee with very special guests Warren Haynes, Donald Fagen, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Patterson & David Hood, Jackie Greene and Allison Moorer.
The Hunter Mountain Lodge will provide fans with 24-hour access to both food and indoor bathrooms, while onsite camping and a variety of nearby hotels, lodges and ski chalets will ensure that all attendees have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from. This year Mountain Jam will also offer expanded VIP options, including its highly acclaimed “Tavern in the Woods” featuring private bar area and Hammock Grove, as well as shaded hospitality tents, early arrival access at no additional charge, private camping areas, and a variety of gourmet food and beverages. Mountain Jam will also offer options for VIP on-site lodging and a VIP RV area on the Mountain.
Following the sellout of Mountain Jam’s Presale tickets, Festival Passes are now available at Early Bird prices for $150, and with camping for $180. For an additional $25, attendees can enjoy early admission to the campgrounds on Thursday afternoon and music starting at 8 pm. A limited number of VIP Festival Passes are now on sale for $440, which includes Thursday admission and VIP camping. Single day tickets will be available in the spring.
Hunter Mountain is located within a short drive from anywhere in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
For complete lineup, full details and ticketing, please visit MountainJam.com.
About Radio Woodstock
Radio Woodstock is a global multi-media company that includes the award-winning radio station, Radio Woodstock 100.1, Woodstock’s hometown radio station, as well as internet radio stations, Radio Woodstock 69, and Radio Woodstock LIVE. All three are available online at RadioWoodstock.com.
Radio Woodstock Presents, a major upstate New York promoter, produces 50+ concerts per year in the Woodstock and Hudson Valley area, in addition to Mountain Jam. Radio Woodstock Presents also records many of the artist performances for release through its digital distribution company Radio Woodstock Music.
Listen online: radiowoodstock.com
About Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 23rd Greatest Guitarist of All Time and most recently among the few top “Guitar Gods.” Haynes is a Grammy winner for his work with Gov't Mule and The Allman Brothers Band. He's been called both an "American treasure" and a "legend in the making" by his peers.