Gov't Mule, the band integral to Mountain Jam's development, will headline Friday and Saturday. Due to popular demand, Mountain Jam has expanded to a three day event, and is proud to announce that Phil Lesh & Friends will headline Sunday evening.
Radio Woodstock's Gary Chetkof, said "With the addition of Phil Lesh & Friends we feel that this year's event will be the best Mountain Jam Festival yet and, without a doubt, one of the best rock festivals this Summer."
A founding member of the venerable American musical institution, the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh (www.phillesh.net) continues to inspire. The world-class musicians that have passed through Phil Lesh & Friends, including Warren Haynes, have thrilled audiences with their high-flying improvisations and timeless renditions of Grateful Dead classics. Mountain Jam reunites Lesh with Haynes for what will be Phil Lesh & Friends' only 2007 festival season appearance. The band features Lesh (bass, vocals), Haynes (guitar, vocals), John Molo (drums), John Scofield (guitar), and Steve Molitz (keyboards).
Their inclusion completes this year's stellar line up: Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, G. Love & Special Sauce, Umphrey's McGee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, New Orleans Social Club (featuring Henry Butler, Ivan Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr. and Raymond Weber), Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Tea Leaf Green, Assembly of Dust, New Monsoon, Earl Greyhound, Papa Mali, U-Melt, The Brakes, Backyard Tire Fire, and The Mercers. There will be late night performances by Tea Leaf Green and RAQ.
Mountain Jam has partnered with Community Energy and Rock the Earth to educate attendees on what can be done on an individual level to decrease carbon emissions.
"Everyone seems to be coming around to the fact that Al Gore is right in AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and we all need to do our part," says Haynes.
Community Energy will donate New York wind energy credits to Mountain Jam to offset 100% of the electricity used at this year's event. In doing so, Mountain Jam will avoid over 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting over 350 trees or refraining from driving more than 5,700 miles. Community Energy representatives will be on site to encourage attendees to join renewable energy programs and will inform attendees about what can be done to kick fossil fuel addiction.
This year at Mountain Jam, Rock the Earth volunteers will be educating patrons about important environmental issues and encouraging them to join Rock the Earth's growing movement of music-loving environmentalists in protecting this country's special spaces.
"We're really thrilled to be returning to Mountain Jam this summer, especially since producers of the festival are intent on adding a greening element to the festival. We always prefer to work with festivals where the impact of the festival on the environment is considered and steps are taken to not only minimize that impact, but to offset it," says Rock the Earth's Executive Director Marc Ross.
Mountain Jam vendors have been asked to recycle and will be provided with the proper containers for recycling purposes. Recycled items include everything from cardboard to aluminum and plastics. Styrofoam products will not be permitted for use. Biologically friendly cleaning products will be used whenever available. In addition, some selected vendors use solar power as their main energy source.
Mountain Jam, with on-site camping, features a natural amphitheater that provides great sight lines from any vantage point. The surrounding environment is family friendly and includes a 24-hour full service lodge. There is a children's area with arts & crafts and other activities, such as singing and dancing with Uncle Rock, a children's musical entertainer.
Mountain Jam passes are currently available at www.mountainjam.com. A 3-day pass is $105 or $130 with camping. Prices will increase on May 1st and again on June 1st. In addition, there are other camping facilities and plenty of hotels located nearby. A limited number of single day passes for Saturday and Sunday are $65 in advance/$75 day of show.
For more info on Mountain Jam go to www.mountainjam.com.