Mountain Jam (festival)

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Mountain Jam
Mountain Jam Banner 2015.png
Banner for Mountain Jam X, 2014
Genre Jam band, Rock, Indie, Blues, Reggae
Dates Weekend after Memorial Day annually
Location(s) Hunter Mountain, New York
Years active 2004–present
Founded by WDST/Radio Woodstock / Warren Haynes / Gary Chetkof / Paul Schiavo
Website
http://www.mountainjam.com/

Mountain Jam was originally a single day event and is now a 4-day music festival music festival in upstate New York, held at Hunter Mountain ski resort the weekend after Memorial Day.

History[edit]

Mountain Jam was originally conceived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WDST/Radio Woodstock. With over 3,300 people and 4 bands, feedback and criticism of the event were overwhelmingly positive.[1] The founders, including Warren Haynes, Gary Chetkof, and other members of Radio Woodstock, began to look forward and decided to make the event annual.[2] Over time, more bands, artists, and amenities have been added to Mountain Jam's lineup, including a diverse lineup of small artists, and larger bands including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, The Allman Brothers Band, and more. Gov't Mule, whom Warren Haynes is a founder of, has performed at every Mountain Jam thus far.

Currently, Mountain Jam has three stages to allow for continuous music throughout the day: the East Stage, the largest of the three, overlooks the main terrain park of the resort. Because of the quantity of performances on a given day, the wiring and electronics are set up so that the time spent transitioning from one performance to the next is as minimal as possible.[citation needed] Next to the East Stage is the West Stage, positioned closer to the chair lift, and is meant for smaller performers or musicians. Inside the Base Lodge is the third stage, meant for late night acts and for musicians who require indoor amenities.

Event goers have the option to drive up to the event for one of the days, camp in tents in the Hunter One section of the resort or in RVs further up the mountain, stay in various hotels that serve the town year-round, or rent in the Kaatskill Mountain Club hotel or in the Liftside Condominiums, both of which are within walking distance of the event.

The weather has played a large factor in event attendance. Some years have had non-stop rain for almost the entire duration of Mountain Jam,[3] while others have had sunny and temperate weather.[4]

Security has been an issue at previous Mountain Jams; members of the private security company hired by event managers had been accused of "overzealous" security searches, and local law enforcement officials were blamed for busting event-goers for smoking weed and extorting others through ATMs to pay fines.[5] In a public statement, Gary Chetkof wrote that Mountain Jam would be replacing the company with a new organization that would enforce policies while maintaining the privacy of attendees.

I am as upset as you are about the overzealous security searches that have taken place in previous years and I realize that we have let you down. I can assure you that we are bringing in the right security team this year; one that will focus on keeping the peace and protecting the safety of our attendees while respecting your personal space and privacy. That is of the utmost importance to me and I am going to personally monitor the gates along with some of my key staff, to ensure that our new "peace keeping" team acts appropriately.

2014[edit]

  • Mountain Jam 2014 took place June 5 to June 9, 2014. This year marked the tenth anniversary of Mountain Jam.

2013[edit]

  • Mountain Jam took place June 6 to June 9, 2013

Line up included amongst others:

2012[edit]

  • Mountain Jam took place May 31 to June 3, 2012

Line up included amongst others:

Included also was a brief set in tribute to Levon Helm Featuring Gov't Mule, and the Levon Helm Band, and many other special guests.

2011[edit]

  • Mountain Jam 2011 took place June 2 to June 5, 2011.

Line up included amongst others:

2010[edit]

Mountain Jam 2010 took place June 4 to June 6, 2010.[6][7]

Line up included amongst others:

2009[edit]

Mountain Jam 2009 took place May 29 to May 30, 2009.[8][9]

Line up included amongst others:

2008[edit]

Mountain Jam 2008 took place May 30 to June 1, 2008.[10]

Line up included amongst others:

2007[edit]

Mountain Jam 2007 took place June 1–3, 2007.[11] Mountain Jam 2007 was the largest music festival in the Northeast/New England.

Line up included amongst others:

2006[edit]

The 2006 Mountain Jam took place June 3 and 4, 2006.[12] The New York Times described it as a "little Bonnaroo".[13]

Line up included amongst others:

2005[edit]

The original Mountain Jam celebrated the 25th anniversary of WDST, Woodstock's radio station. It was a single day event on June 4, 2005.

Line up included amongst others:

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