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Published: 2012/10/08

The String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty, The Blind Boys of Alabama and More to Join Warren Haynes at Christmas Jam

Sheryl Crow, The String Cheese Incident, Warren Haynes Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. and The Blind Boys of Alabama are among the acts slated to appear at Warren Haynes’ 24th annual Christmas Jam. The holiday celebration will return to The U.S. Cellular Center Asheville (formerly The Asheville Civic Center) on Saturday December 15, 2012. All net proceeds from the event and all Xmas Jam weekend event will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Haynes will perform with his eponymous Warren Haynes Band and also offer a very special set along with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama. The guitarist recently collaborated with the Blind Boys during this August’s Peach Music Festival.

Sheryl Crow—who toured with The Allman Brothers Band in the ’90s—will make her first Xmas Jam appearance. She will perform with her current band, which includes three Xmas Jam regulars: former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, former Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Robert Kearns and k.d. Lang/Dixie Chicks drummer Fred Eltringham. Though this is the first time The String Cheese Incident have performed at Christmas Jam, the band’s mandolin player Michael Kang appeared at the event as a special guest in 2003.

The Christmas Jam will feature a number of special guests too, including Kevn Kinney, Mike Barnes and Anders Osborne. Additional Christmas Jam acts and other weekend events will be confirmed in the coming days.

Pre-Sale Tickets and a limited number of discounted four-packs will be available through Christmas Jam Ticketing starting Thursday October 11 at Noon and running through Friday October 12 at 5pm, or as supplies last. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be made available.

The public on-sale will be through Ticketmaster & The Civic Center Box Office at Noon ET on Friday October 19.

Here’s a look at Christmas Jam’s initial lineup

The Blind Boys of Alabama
Sheryl Crow
The String Cheese Incident
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Warren Haynes band

With special guests
Mike Barnes
Kevn Kinney
Anders Osborne


There are 12 comments associated with this post

Clive Bigsby October 8, 2012, 12:52:44

I have been looking forward to this announcement for awhile, I’ve been to many Xmas Jams…but this one is a BIG disapointment. All the great acts on tour this fall/‘winter…and we get Sheryl Crowe? How about Tedeschi Trucks Band???

WantDBT October 8, 2012, 15:15:57

Need truckers since they cancelled last year.

Clive Bigsby October 8, 2012, 15:28:28

I can’t wait for the “Lend a Hand Before the Jam” this year for Habitat for Humanity!

dk70 October 8, 2012, 15:42:16

String Cheese? Didn’t they break up? Why did they have to disappoint me and re-form? They are almost as bad as Widespread Pubic.

Clive Bigsby October 8, 2012, 16:03:01

None of these artist are “bad” (especially Widespread) it’s just compared to other Xmas Jams, this one seems to be lacking.

JB October 8, 2012, 16:19:16

dk70 have you been living under a rock or not visit this site much. SCI has been back together for a while, have made 2 new songs for an upcoming album and are doing a sweet NYE run. I think you need to check your spelling. We dont need to know about your pubes situation. Its probably crabs.

dk70 October 8, 2012, 16:55:10

Toe Cheese is a classic example of a band that meddles in several genres and is not very good at any of them. I have never understood why any one goes to see Panic, either. So mediocre. Every tune has the same non groove over maybe one or two chords, whoopie.

cheese fan October 8, 2012, 17:59:40

dk70 you know nothing about cheese or good music if the x-mas jam is your go to festival

where's my mule October 8, 2012, 18:50:24

no mule no go

duh October 9, 2012, 01:18:54

Stop taking dk70s bait. btw, well played dk70, well played indeed. U r the true mctrollistein. awesome

will October 9, 2012, 09:03:01

what is it that you guys want? if string cheese and panic suck so bad, what would make you happy? im really stoked for this christmas jam, one of the only east coast string cheese appearances all year. yeah warren haynes band isnt the mule but its not that far from it, warren will probably play with the blind boys of alabama for their whole set too. trombone shorty will be high energy and fun. yeah ive been to some xmas jams with way more stacked lineups, but if you cant appreciate this lineup at all the jam probably isnt your scene anyway.

Ed December 17, 2012, 16:13:42

String cheese was great it was a party

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