Written by Mike Forristell

This Saturday marks the 29th annual Christmas Jam hosted by Warrens Haynes and Gov’t Mule.  The event will span more than seven hours, and will have many special guests to help make the evening even more memorable.  Some of the special guests include Trey Anastasio and TAB, The Avett Brothers, Ann Wilson, and Jake Shimabukuro. Tickets have already sold out, however, there are people on social media sites selling all kinds of seats, some even offering them up at face value.  If there is any way that you can make it to this show, do whatever it takes to be there. Asheville, NC is the hometown of Warren Haynes, and emotions are sure to run high.  As an added bonus, a portion of proceeds from the show will be will be donated to a local Habitat for Humanity branch. There are also several shows during the day on Friday and Saturday, to accompany the larger acts that will take place Saturday night. Be sure to check out www.xmasjam.com to learn more about the Christmas Jam by Day and 29th Annual Christmas Jam.

Dopapod will be taking up a short, but sweet, three-day residency at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, Ohio, and bringing us the jams all weekend long.  The band’s most recent studio album MEGAGEM has received a great deal of acclaim from the community. If you’re so inclined to do so, pick up a copy of the Jamwich, Issue 67, and read up on MEGAGEM in the album reviews section. Don’t take our word for it, though, buy some tickets and come out to decide for yourself.

The Jauntee also have several shows in the area this week. The Jauntee is an up-and-coming New England Jam Band with roots in Boston. The band consists of Caton Sollenberger (Guitar), John Loland (Bass), Tyler Adams (Keyboard), and Scott Ferber (Drums). Known to play over 100 shows each year, The Jauntee have started to gain national recognition as of late.  The band’s music spans several genres including funk, rock, progressive, bluegrass, psychedelic and ambient. Their decision to incorporate different styles and elements allows for interesting, eclectic jams that create a diverse, engaging experience for audiences. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Jauntee yet, now is your chance!

Other notable performance this week included Keller Williams in Albany, NY (12/07) and Wilkes Barre, PA (12/08), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in Philadelphia, PA (12/08), and Rumpke Mountain Boys in Shepherdstown, WV and Washington, DC (12/07).

12/05 – The Jauntee – The Local – Boone, NC


12/06 – The Jauntee – Heist Brewery – Charlotte, NC

12/06 – Turkuaz – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC


12/07 –  Cris Jacobs – The Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA

12/07 – Keller Williams – The Egg – Albany, NY

12/07 – Jazz is Phsh – World Café Live – Phlidalphia, PA

12/07 – The Jauntee – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC

12/07 – The Werks – The Social – Orlando, FL

12/07 – Rumpke Mountain Boys w/Brokedown Hustlers – Gypsy Sally’s – Washingston, DC

12/07 –  The Mantras – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

12/07 –  Squaring the Circle – Cary St. Cafe – Richmond, VA

12/07 –  Dopapod – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH


12/08 – Hot Tuna – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

12/08 – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

12/08 – Dopapod – Woodlands Taverns – Columbus, OH

12/08 – Jazz is Phsh – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD

12/08 – Ekoostik Hookah – Clazel Brew & View Theatre – Bowling Green, OH

12/08 – Keller Williams – F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes Barre, PA

12/08 –  Rumpke Mountain Boyws w/Brokedown Hustlers – Opera House – Shepherdstown, WV

12/08 –  Fractal Cat – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, MD


12/09 – Ekoostik Hookah – Kings Rook Club – Erie, PA

12/09 – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA

12/09 – Dopapod – The Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH

12/09 – Jazz is Phsh – 5 Points Music Sanctuary – Roanoke, VA

12/09 – Gov’t Mule w/ special guests – U.S. Cellular Center – Asheville, NC

12/09 –  West End Blend – American Beauty – New York City, NY

12/09 –  Ekoostik Hookah w/Jones for Revival – King’s Rook Club – Erie, PA

12/09 – Hexbelt – Hempen Hill BBQ – Hagerstown, MD


12/10 – Dopapod – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH