Mountain Jam 2007: Haynes, Lesh, Scofield and More
Radio Woodstock and world renowned guitarist Warren Haynes' (Gov't Mule & the Allman Brothers Band) third annual Mountain
Jam Music Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, June 1–June 3 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY.
Gov't Mule, the band integral to Mountain Jam's development, will
headline Friday and Saturday. Due to popular demand, Mountain Jam has
expanded to a three-day event, and is proud to announce that Phil Lesh
& Friends will headline Sunday evening.
A founding member of the venerable American musical institution, the
Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh (phillesh.net) continues to inspire. The
world-class musicians that have passed through Phil Lesh & Friends,
including Warren Haynes, have thrilled audiences with their high-flying
improvisations and timeless renditions of Grateful Dead classics.
Mountain Jam reunites Lesh with Haynes for what will be Phil Lesh &
Friends' only 2007 festival season appearance. The band features Lesh
(bass, vocals), Haynes (guitar, vocals), John Molo (drums), John
Scofield (guitar) and Steve Molitz (keyboards).
Their inclusion completes this year's stellar line up: Gov't Mule, Phil
Lesh & Friends, G. Love & Special Sauce, Umphrey's McGee, Michael
Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, New Orleans
Social Club (featuring Henry Butler, Ivan Neville, Leo Nocentelli,
George Porter Jr. and Raymond Weber), Ozomatli, North Mississippi
Allstars, Tea Leaf Green, Assembly of Dust, New Monsoon, Earl
Greyhound, Papa Mali, U-Melt, the Brakes, Backyard Tire Fire and the
Mercers. There will be late night performances by Tea Leaf Green and
Mountain Jam has partnered with Community Energy and Rock the Earth to educate attendees on what can be done on an individual level to decrease carbon emissions.
"Everyone seems to be coming around to the fact that Al Gore is right
in An Inconvenient Truth and we all need to do our part," says Haynes.
Community Energy will donate New York wind energy credits to Mountain
Jam to offset 100 percent of the electricity used at this year's event. In
doing so, Mountain Jam will avoid over 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide
emissions, the equivalent of planting over 350 trees or refraining from
driving more than 5,700 miles. Community Energy representatives will be
on site to encourage attendees to join renewable energy programs and
will inform attendees about what can be done to kick fossil fuel
This year at Mountain Jam, Rock the Earth volunteers will be educating
patrons about important environmental issues and encouraging them to
join Rock the Earth's growing movement of music-loving
environmentalists in protecting this country's special spaces.
"We're really thrilled to be returning to Mountain Jam this summer,
especially since producers of the festival are intent on adding a
greening element to the festival. We always prefer to work with
festivals where the impact of the festival on the environment is
considered and steps are taken to not only minimize that impact, but to
offset it," says Rock the Earth's Executive Director Marc Ross.
Mountain Jam vendors have been asked to recycle and will be provided
with the proper containers for recycling purposes. Recycled items
include everything from cardboard to aluminum and plastics. Styrofoam
products will not be permitted for use. Biologically friendly cleaning
products will be used whenever available. In addition, some selected
vendors use solar power as their main energy source.
Mountain Jam, with on-site camping, features a natural amphitheater
that provides great sight lines from any vantage point. The surrounding
environment is family friendly and includes a 24-hour full service
lodge. There is a children's area with arts & crafts and other
activities, such as singing and dancing with Uncle Rock, a children's
Mountain Jam passes are currently available at mountainjam.com. A
3-day pass is $105 or $130 with camping. Prices will increase on May
1st and again on June 1st. In addition, there are other camping
facilities and plenty of hotels located nearby. A limited number of
single day passes for Saturday and Sunday are $65 in advance/$75 day of show.