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Published: 2013/12/15

Christmas Jam Night Two: Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Gregg Allman & Friends and More

Photo by Dino Perrucci

Gov’t Mule, Gregg Allman and Friends, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, O.A.R. and Michael Franti & Friends closed out the the 25th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam last night with a sit in-heavy show at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC.

The night got started when Haynes took the stage with trumpeter Craig Sorrells for a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier.” The duo then exited after the tune to make way for a reunited Aquarium Rescue Unit. Saxophonist Bill Evans and steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier joined the group for “Compared to What/Yield Not To Temptation” before Haynes, Sorrells, fiddler Casey Driessen, guitarist Mike Seal, keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, saxophonist Ron Holloway and Billy Thornton came out for a take on Sun Ra’s “Space Is The Place.” Haynes and Matrazzo then exited as keyboardist Ike Stubbliefield and guitarist Mike Barnes joined the fray for “Right Now.”

O.A.R. was next up for a seven song performance that included a version of Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” with Haynes. Michael Franti & Friends—Jay Bowman, Holloway, Ron Johnson, Driessen, Jeff Sipe and Stubblefield—took the stage for the following set. Mike Barnes sat in for “Sound of Sunshine,” while Haynes and Chris and Artimus Pyle sat in for “Life Is Better With You.”

Gregg Allman came out with Haynes, Audley Freed, Ron Johnson, Jeff Sipe and Count M’butu for his Gregg Allman & Friends set. The group started off with “Statesboro Blues” before Bill Evans, Ron Holloway, Craig Sorrels and Greg Hollowell” joined them for “Just Another Rider” and “Soulshine.” “Stormy Monday” was followed by “Dreams,” which featured Evans and Oteil Burbridge,” and Oteil stuck around for the “One Way Out” that wrapped it up.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals were up next for the night’s second to last set, which included a number of originals, as well as a cover of Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin.” Gov’t Mule then took the stage with John Scofield for the night’s final show. Keyboardist Danny Louis wasn’t around for the opening “Hottenot” and “Doing It To Death,” which featured Dr Dan Matrazzo on keys. The group continued with “Sco-Mule” featuring Ron Holloway and “Kind of Bird” with Bill Evans. Potter then joined Mule for “Whisper in Your Soul” and “Gold Dust Woman” to close it out.

You can check out a few of Dino Perrucci’s photos from last night below, and more of them can be found here.

Here’s a look at last night’s selist

Saturday, December 14, 2013, Christmas Jam, US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Warren Haynes & Craig Sorrells

Hope She’ll Be Happier

Aquarium Rescue Unit

Fixin’ To Die
Elevator To The Moon
Basically Frightened
Compared To What/Yield Not To Temptation with Bill Evans & Roosevelt Collier
Space Is The Place with Casey Driessen, Roosevelt Collier, Bill Evans, Mike Seal, Dr Dan Matrazzo, Billy Thornton, Ron Holloway, Warren Haynes & Craig Sorrells
Right Now with Mike Seal, Casey Driessen, Roosevelt Collier, Bill Evans, Ike Stubblefield, Billy Thornton, Ron Holloway, Craig Sorrells & Mike Barnes

O. A. R. (Of A Revolution)

About Mr. Brown
Dareh Meyod (Pawn Shop)
Black Rock
Fool In The Rain with Warren Haynes
Peace
Heaven
That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker

Michael Franti & Friends – Jay Bowman , Ron Holloway, Ron Johnson, Casey Driessen, Jeff Sipe & Ike Stubblefield

I Got Love For You
I Don’t Wanna Go
Sound Of Sunshine with Mike Barns
11:59 only Michael Franti & Mike Barns
Let It Go
Life is Better With You with Artimus Pyle, Chris Pyle & Warren Haynes
Say Hey, I love You
Hey World

Gregg Allman & Friends – Warren Haynes, Audley Freed, Ron Johnson, Jeff Sipe & Count M’butu

Statesboro Blues
Just Another Rider with Bill Evans, Ron Holloway, Craig Sorrells & Greg Hollowell
Soulshine with Bill Evans, Ron Holloway, Craig Sorrells & Greg Hollowell Stormy Monday
Dreams with with Bill Evans & Oteil Burbridge; without Ron Johnson
One Way Out with Oteil Burbridge; without Ron Johnson

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Medicine >
The Divide >
Big White Gate
Stop The Bus >
Paris (Ooh La La) >
The Lion The Beast The Beat >
Nothing But The Water (I)
Gimme Some Lovin

Gov’t Mule

Hottentot with John Scofield & Dr. Dan Matrazzo; without Danny Louis
Doing It To Death with John Scofield & Dr. Dan Matrazzo; without Danny Louis
Sco-Mule with John Scofield, Dr. Dan Matrazzo & Ron Holloway
Kind Of Bird with John Scofield & Bill Evans
Whisper In Your Soul with Grace Potter
Gold Dust Woman with Grace Potter

Comments

There are 6 comments associated with this post

rohbear December 15, 2013, 19:02:47

Complete video of both nights (except Panic, sorry) can be found on YouTube, user/rohbear1 This is my sixth year of filming this awesome jam. Enjoy!

rohbear December 15, 2013, 19:04:30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWLTISDcyNQ

Kramer December 16, 2013, 00:20:04

Why is OAR in this mix? I don’t get it. And why didn’t u just call yourselves OAR if you think you need to keep spelling it out for us? It’s been 15 years. We get it. Friday was the heat. Didn’t go Saturday. How was the energy? How was the floor? Looked very still on the stream.

Grateful Daddio December 16, 2013, 11:30:35

Been going to the Jam for many years. On paper Friday night appeared to be the stuff. but after attending both nights, I can tell you that Saturday blew it away.

Jon December 16, 2013, 18:35:23

Scomule with Dr. Dan was the greatest jam I have seen in years…and last year I saw 5 Pat Metheny shows, 2 Widespread Shows, and a Steely Dan show this year… if that tells you anything…check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhiN0kaGnjo

Joe December 16, 2013, 19:01:18

OAR was there because they are one of the few radio bands that can improvise.Granted they can’t improvise as well as anyone else at the show, but most radio bands can’t improvise at all. If you talked to the average 21 year old who isn’t a life-quest music fan, there’s more chance they’d know O.A.R. or Grace Potter than anyone else in the line-up. Sad but true. Smart business decision in my opinion- both nights sold out!

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