For the past 22 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 22 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.” –Warren Haynes
The show thrives on the generous support of volunteer talent and behind-the-scenes personnel, with post-production proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. In 2002, Haynes received the Key to the City from Asheville Mayor Charles Worley. In 2003, Mayor Worley proclaimed December 18th “Warren Haynes Day.” Over the last six years alone the event has donated close to a million dollars to Habitat For Humanity. Each year the concert continues to donate more than the year before. The main goal continues to be providing housing for families who are in need.
Past performers include The Allman Brothers Band, Ben Harper, Blues Traveler, Jackson Browne, Coheed & Cambria, Counting Crows, Ani Difranco, The Drive-By Truckers, DJ Logic, Peter Frampton, Michael Franti, Gov’t Mule, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Hot Tuna, John Paul Jones, Ray LaMontagne, Phil Lesh & Friends, Little Feat, Living Colour, Branford Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Del McCoury Band, moe., Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, New Orleans Social Club, North Mississippi Allstars, Joan Osborne, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, John Scofield, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Marty Stuart, Taj Mahal Trio, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks Band, Bob Weir, Widespread Panic’s John Bell, Dave Schools, John (Jo Jo) Herman & Todd Nance, and Johnny Winter.
“When your work is music, its easy and fun to give back.” – Warren Haynes