The initial line-up includes a rare show by Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Lesh, Haynes, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti & Joe Russo), the return of Gov't Mule to Xmas Jam, and first time Christmas Jam appearances by Los Lobos, Bela Fleck, plus many more additions to be announced shortly.
Over the past 23 years Christmas Jam, a marathon sold-out 7+ hour concert and benefit for Habitat For Humanity, has become a beloved institution in Warren's hometown of Asheville, welcoming legendary musicians and some of the best talent touring today. Previous Christmas Jam performers have included heavyweights like The Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews, Travis Tritt, Steve Miller Band and members of The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Phish and Widespread Panic.
Christmas Jam is responsible for funding the construction of 17 safe, decent and affordable Habitat houses and proceeds also support Habitat's new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, an affordable home repair program for existing low-income homeowners.
Christmas Jam caps an unprecedented year for Haynes in which his soulful Stax/Concord Music Group solo LP 'Man In Motion' debuted in the Billboard Top 20. The international Warren Haynes Band 2011 tour will continue with US dates through November: http://www.warrenhaynes.net/shows
Pre-Sale Tickets and a limited number of discounted 4-packs for Christmas Jam will be available during a special 36 hour pre-sale beginning Tuesday, October 18th at noon EDT and running through Wednesday, October 19th at 11:59p EDT. The public on-sale will be through Ticketmaster & The Civic Center Box Office Friday October 21 at 10a EDT. http://www.xmasjam.com/http://twitter.com/xmasjam