Dave Grohl, Jim James, Grace Potter, Mike Gordon of Phish, Gov’t Mule, and Eric Church will headline Warren Haynes’ 30th annual Christmas Jam this December in North Carolina.
The event, set to take place at the U.S. Cellular Center from December 7 to 8 in Asheville, will benefit the local area’s Habitat for Humanity. Other performers throughout the two-day event include the Pink Floyd tribute band Dark Side of the Mule, Jamey Johnson, Marco Benevento, and Joe Bonamassa. Other special guests include Audley Freed, Fred Eltringham, Jen Gunderman, Jimmy Vivino, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mike Barnes, Robert Kearns, and Ron Holloway.
“I can’t believe that it has been 30 years since myself and a few friends held a small event in a local club so we could all play together around the holidays and donate a small amount of money to charity,” Grammy Award-winning artist Haynes said in a statement. “Never in our wildest dreams did I, or anyone in attendance that night, expect that our little show would evolve into the event that it has, taking place over two nights at the arena where I saw so many great shows as a teenager.”
Haynes explained that the event had gone from local to national and he couldn’t have pulled it off throughout the past three decades without the help of his friends and the musicians who donated their time. He said that he is “thrilled and humbled that so many incredible musicians are going to help celebrate this milestone” and this year’s event will be the best Christmas Jam to date.
Over the past 30 years, the event has raised $2.3 million for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, which helped fund new energy-efficient houses and the purchasing of land for habitat subdivisions. The funds from this year’s event will go toward Habitat for Humanity’s newest neighborhood, Curry Court in Candler. The neighborhood will house 12 families and include both single family homes as well as townhomes.
In addition to the two-day concert event, “Xmas Jam By Day” events and concerts will pop up around Asheville throughout the daytime, featuring collaborations from artists, as well as the annual art show. The concerts on both nights will begin at 6:45 p.m.