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Exclusive VIP & Travel Packages for the 26th Annual Christmas Jam on December 13th at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC are ON SALE NOW. This year's jam features Billy & The Kids (a new group formed by Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann with Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) & Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Brothers Past) Gov't Mule, Hard Working Americans(featuring Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly & Duane Trucks), Jason Isbell with his band, The Revivalists and Vince Gill.
WILL ONCE AGAIN BENEFIT ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AFTER LAST YEAR’S PROCEEDS HIT A RECORD HALF-MILLION DOLLARS
December 13, 2014, at US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC
Featuring Vince Gill, Gov't Mule, Billy & The Kids, Hard Working Americans, The Revivalists and Jason Isbell with his band with additional artists to be announced soon
Warren Haynes will once again bring his beloved 26th Annual Christmas Jam to Asheville, NC’s US Cellular Center on December 13, 2014. One of the most celebrated and longest-running live concerts in the U.S., the Christmas Jam will benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity for the 16th year in a row. Haynes recently presented the organization with a record-breaking $500,000 in Christmas Jam proceeds from last year’s epic, sold-out Silver Anniversary event.
Each year, the Christmas Jam sets the stage for surprise collaborations, rare appearances and musical sets that rock into the wee hours of the morning. The tradition is sure to continue with this year’s line-up, part of which has been announced today to help mark October 6th as World Habitat Day. Artists scheduled to perform (listed alphabetically) are Billy & The Kids (a new group formed by Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann with Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) & Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Brothers Past) Gov't Mule, Hard Working Americans(featuring Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly & Duane Trucks), Jason Isbell with his band, The Revivalists and Vince Gill. This will be Kreutzmann's second appearance at the event, having previously performed in 2005 as part of a one-time only supergroup with Phish's Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon. Jason Isbell, who will be making his triumphant return to Christmas Jam after a seven-year absence, recently swept The Americana Awards, nabbing Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), as well as the night's top honor: Album of the Year, for his post-sobriety triumph Southeastern. This will be Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill's first Christmas Jam appearance despite Gill and Haynes having tried to make it work in the past and schedules not working out until now. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and is a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. He has earned 20 Grammy Awards (the most of any country artist) and is tied with George Straight for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards.
Christmas Jam is widely known for its array of special guest performers, who will be announced in the coming weeks along with other additions to the line-up.
Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm. For up-to-the minute updates, please visit www.xmasjam.com and follow @xmas jam on Twitter.
VIP tickets and travel packages will go on-sale October 9th. The pre-sale begins October 13th and the public on-sale begins October 24th.
There will also once again be a slew of "Xmas Jam By Day" events including daytime concerts and special events well as "Before The Jam Lend A Hand," where volunteers can help build the houses made possible by Christmas Jam donations. Complete details on these events will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Stay up-to-date on Christmas Jam info at the website www.xmasjam.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Proceeds from the annual Christmas Jam concert, which thrives on the generous support of volunteers, go to help construct energy-efficient new houses for dozens of families as well as secure land for entire Habitat subdivisions. In July 2014, standing on the site of the new Hudson Hills subdivision named after Haynes and his wife Stefani’s son, Hudson, Haynes handed a half-million dollars in Christmas Jam proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, marking one of the largest contributions to the organization to date. The street into the subdivision – Soulshine Court – is a nod to the classic song written by Haynes. In 2013, Haynes was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from UNC Asheville for his work with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.
Billy & The Kids
Ft. Bill Kreutzmann, Aron Magner, Reed Mathis, Tom Hamilton and Special Guests
Hard Working Americans
Ft. Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks
For the past 26 years, Warren Haynes has coordinated his annual Christmas Jam. Like a family reunion, the annual, one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music brings together old friends on stage and in the audience at the Civic Center Arena in Asheville, N.C. for one of the countries greatest live events. The London Times has rated it "One of the top ten concerts in the USA".
"Christmas Jam started 26 years ago as an opportunity for local musicians to jam at the one time of year they were all in town at the same time. Back then, we gave the money to whatever charity we felt like. As the event grew and we became aware of Habitat For Humanity, we settled on them because we believe in the organization and know the money goes where its supposed to."
Over the last seven years alone the event has donated over a million and a half dollars to Habitat For Humanity. Each year the concert continues to donate more than the year before with last years donation a record setting $500,000. The main goal continues to be providing housing for families who are in need.
In talking about why she turned to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Michelle Bevans remarked, "I wanted to show my children that, in life, if you work hard, you can get what you need."
Michelle, like all Habitat homeowners, worked hard to achieve homeownership. On top of a full-time job, and being the mother of two, Michelle contributed 200 hours of sweat equity (volunteer hours) before she purchased her Habitat house.
Thanks to her own two hands, the help of hundreds of community volunteers, and proceeds from the Xmas Jam, Michelle now owns her own home and her family is thriving and enjoying life in Habitat’s Carney Place neighborhood. Michelle’s monthly mortgage payment is less than what her rent had been, and she is no longer saddled with disproportionate heating costs during the winter months. And, her kids have a safe neighborhood in which to play and grow.
Shannon Kaufman and her son Caleb moved to Asheville from Florida for a fresh start. They immediately fell in love with the area and although she found employment, she had difficulty finding affordable housing.
As a social worker with DSS, Shannon was paying more than a third of her income for a safe place to live. Now, thanks to proceeds from the 2011 Xmas Jam, Shannon owns her own home and her mortgage payment is lower than what her rent had been.
Like all Habitat homeowners, Shannon contributed 200 hours of her own sweat equity – helping to build her house and the homes of her neighbors. She also took homeownership education courses, like Manage Your Money and Basic Home Repairs.
"We used to live in a 3rd floor apartment, so my son couldn’t play outside by himself. Now he is always outside playing with neighbors and friends and just enjoying being a little boy. We are so grateful for Warren and Stefani’s generosity and their commitment to Habitat. They have changed our lives forever," noted Shannon.