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Spent a Little Time on the Mountain (Jam)

Saturday

Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body starts off Mountain Jam 2006. While the whole weekend was wet and grey, this was the only set that had a steady rain throughout. The rest of the weekend it mostly misted.

Keller Williams followed John Brown’s Body, with just a couple guitars. Apparently most of Keller’s equipment was either lost or stolen on his flight to the festival. Michael Franti came out later in the set for a little freestyle action.

Shannon McNally rocks the second stage Keller and Spearhead.

That was still on the way up too, not sure how you catch that thing, but she did it.

Michael Franti and Spearhead played their usual energetic set, including a lot of songs from their upcoming album. Michael takes a moment here to do some dancing.

Spearhead gets the whole crowd clapping together to bring out the sun. While the crowd did clap, then sun never listened.

Like Spearhead, Robert Randolph and the Family Band kept people’s spirits up despite the weather with a terrific set, including a lot of new material from their new album.

Warren Haynes joins Robert Randolph on stage, as he did a month earlier at New Orleans JazzFest.

Rose Hill Drive closes out the second stage on day one. Later Daneil Sproul from RHD joined Mule on stage on the Neil Young cover "Cortez the Killer".

Mule closes out day one with a great set, including "Turn On Your Lovelight" with Robert Randolph and "Cortez The Killer" with Daniel Sproul. Mule also played a couple songs from their new album, including "A Million Miles From Yesterday" which they played twice because they were taking footage for an upcoming music video.

DJ Logic spins in the lodge after the Mule set.
Sunday

Benevento and Russo open up the main stage on day two with the sun still stuck behind the clouds.

Never too young to try and sneak backstage.

Chris Wood plays with his brother Oliver as the Wood Brothers on the side stage before Medeski Martin and Wood’s set.

Mike Gordon plays some Honky Tonk with Vermont based Ramble Dove. Marc Benevento later came out to play some keyboard.

Medeski Martin and Wood put a little jazz into Mountain Jam. Chris’ brother Oliver joined the trio on stage for a couple songs.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals absolutely rocked the second stage despite Grace feeling a bit under the weather.

My Morning Jacket takes a break from opening for Pearl Jam to join Mountain Jam

Gov’t Mule closes out the second day and the festival with another great set with no repeats from the night before. They also paid tribute to Vince Welnick by playing "Loser" > "Terrapin Station" > "Loser" with Mike Gordon guesting on bass. John Medeski came out after Gordon left to play keys on "That’s What Love Will Make You Do". Overall a great festival, a great crowd and a great weekend.

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