On Friday night at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC, Warren Haynes continued his annual Christmas Jam weekend—which kicked off on Thursday with some surprise collaborations during the Pre-Jam—with the first of two all-star, guest-filled nights at the venue, including Haynes leading Gov’t Mule in a “Dark Side of the Mule” Pink Floyd headlining set featuring a sit in from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James.
As with the Pre-Jam, last night’s Jam proper opened with a short solo set from Haynes, who welcomed Nashville singer-songwriter Ray Sisk for a couple of the latter’s tunes, “The King of Country Music” and “Glory Road,” which Haynes included on his Ashes & Dust album. Marco Beveneto’s trio then took the stage for a run of the keyboardist’s “The Story of Fred Short” suite and more.
Opening the side-stage festivities for the night was a group made up of former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, bassist Robert Kearns and keyboardist Jen Gunderman. The outfit opened with the seasonally appropriate “Winter Wonderland” and ended up welcoming a number of guests, including Jimmy Vivino, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Jamey Johnson and Kevn Kinney.
Johnson then took to the main stage with his own band for a set that featured more guests, with Freed joining the group on “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” and Haynes helping out on “It Hurts Me Too.” After a side-stage performance from the Tyler Ramsey Band, the audience got a double dose of Phish bassist Mike Gordon, first with his solo band’s set that featured a number of his solo-album cuts plus his cover of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” then with a Gordon and Scott Murawski duo show on the side stage.
Haynes then returned to the side stage for another couple of tunes, performing “Captured” with James and Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” with James and Grace Potter. Potter was next up on the main stage, offering a set that featured saxophonist Ron Holloway on “Paris” and a closing run of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Two more performance closed out the night’s side-stage activities, first with singer Maris welcoming Vivino, Freed, Kearns and Hallahan, followed by Taylor’s equally guest-filled set featuring Vivino, Freed, Kearns and Hallahan.
The final offering of the night was Mule’s Dark Side headlining set, with Haynes leading the group on Pink Floyd favorites like “Time,” “The Great Gig in the Sky,” “Money,” “Comfortably Numb” and more, including a run of “Us & Them” that featured James as a special guest. Haynes and company closed out night one of the Jam with an encore of “Wish You Were Here.”
See the full setlists from the night below, along with some pro-shot video from the performances. Haynes’ Christmas Jam returns to the U.S. Cellular Center stage tonight for round two.
Warren Haynes presents The 30th Annual Christmas Jam
U.S. Cellular Center Asheville, Asheville, NC
Warren Haynes Solo: Coal Tattoo, The King Of Country Music (w/ Ray Sisk), Glory Road (w/ Ray Sisk)
Marco Benevento Band: The Story Of Fred Short (I. Intro, II. Seven Twenty Two, III. Walking With Tyrone, IV. Live a Certain Life, V. Stay In Line, VI. I Can’t See the Light, VII. Follow the Arrow), Greenpoint, Pepper
(Side Stage) Audley Freed, Patrick Hallahan, Robert Kearns & Jen Gunderman: Winter Wonderland, In The Mood (w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor), Honeysuckle Blue (w/ Jimmy Vivino , Kevn Kinney, Jamey Johnson), Straight To Hell (w/ Jimmy Vivino , Kevn Kinney, Jamey Johnson), Working Man Blues (w/ Jimmy Vivino, Jamey Johnson)
Jamey Johnson: Keeping Up With The Jones, High Cost Of Living, Ray Ray’s Juke Joint, Back To Caroline, In Color, Ophelia, I Think I’ll Just Stay Here & Drink (w/ Audley Freed), East Bound & Down, It Hurts Me Too (w/ Warren Haynes)
(Side Stage) Tyler Ramsey Band: A Long Dream, The Valley Wind, No One Goes Out, Country Teen, These Days
Mike Gordon: Say Something, Whirlwind, Peel, Victim> Sweet Emotion> Pendulum
(Side Stage) Mike Gordon & Scott Murawski: Wild & Blue, Do You Still Drink About Me, Crazy Sometimes
(Side Stage) Warren Haynes: Captured (w/ Jim James), Gold Dust Woman (w/ Grace Potter)
Grace Potter: Medicine, Empty Heart, Stars> LBB> Paris (w/ Ron Holloway), I Shall Be Released
(Side Stage) Maris: Shallow (w/ Jimmy Vivino), Jolien (w/ Jimmy Vivino, Audley Freed, Robert Kearns, Patrick Hallahan)
(Side Stage) Joanne Shaw Taylor: Don’t Let It Bring You Down (w/ Jimmy Vivino, Audley Freed, Robert Kearns, Jen Gunderman, Patrick Hallahan), I’m Not That Kat Anymore (w/ Jimmy Vivino, Audley Freed, Robert Kearns, Patrick Hallahan)
Dark Side Of The Mule: Pigs On The Wing (Part 2), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V), Have A Cigar, Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe Reprise, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us & Them (w/ Jim James), Any Colour You Like, Welcome To The Machine, One Of These Days, Fearless, Echoes (Part 1), Comfortably Numb
Enc: Wish You Were Here