For 16 years, Warren Haynes has coordinated the Warren Haynes Annual Christmas Jam. Like a family reunion, the annual semi-structured marathon of music brings together old friends onstage and in the audience at Civic Center Arena in Asheville, N.C.
This year the event will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Past performers include The Allman Brothers Band, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Blues Traveler, Bob Weir, Derek Trucks Band, DJ Logic, Edwin McCain, John Hiatt, The Goners, moe., North Mississippi All-Stars, Phil Lesh and Friends, Phish's Mike Gordon, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Sam Bush, Sonny Landreth, String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang, and Widespread Panic's John Bell, Dave Schools and Todd Nance.
Haynes, who will open the evening with a brief solo performance, will perform with his band Gov't Mule, and will join many of the artists for spontaneous collaborations.
But the impact goes far beyond the entertainment. The show thrives on the generous support of volunteer talent and behind-the-scenes personnel, with post-production proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. The 2003 event raised $100,000—bringing the total for the last three years to over $200,000.