Festival Guide

About Mountain Jam

The Mountain Jam Festival is produced by CHET-5 Entertainment, LLC, in association with Woodstock, NY’s legendary independent radio station, Radio Woodstock 100.1 (WDST) and acclaimed guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes Band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead). The eighth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival will take place at Hunter Mountain, in Hunter, NY from Thursday, May 31, to Sunday, June 3, 2012.

Mountain Jam is a four-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 50 bands on 4 stages in one of the Northeast’s most pristine natural amphitheaters. Attendance is limited to 15,000 people (camping is limited to under 5000 people) in order to foster an intimate, fan-friendly environment. Rolling Stone Magazine, along with many other noteworthy national publications, consistently rates Mountain Jam as one to the top music festivals in the country. In 2011, Pollstar recognized Mountain Jam with a nomination for Music Festival of the Year.

The Festival offers 3 day festival tickets with camping and Thursday night Pre-Festival Party additions, premium VIP Passes, and single day tickets. On-site camping and condos, and a variety of nearby hotels, lodges and ski chalets offer attendees a wide variety of accommodations.

A Fantastic Experience

Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Hunter Mountain is a world class ski resort that offers many year-round amenities. The Lodge provides fans with 24-hour access to indoor bathrooms, a large, full service bar, and food services. The Sky Ride provides a fun and unique opportunity for fans to take in the beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains while watching the music. More daring fans can experience North America’s longest and highest Zipline. Parking is free, and there are also plenty of other fun-filled attractions, a wide variety of food vendors (from gourmet and organic fare to the usual comfort foods like burgers and pizza), arts & crafts vendors, and artist signings. Mountain Jam prides itself on being family friendly. Children 10 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult and there is a children’s tent with fun-filled activities.

The festival’s forward-thinking Awareness Village will once again host a special acoustic stage, as well as exhibits from not-for-profit organizations and environmental groups, children’s entertainment, performance and sculpture art, physical and spiritual healing, a beer and wine garden, and much more. The Festival will also be continuing its greening efforts with recycling, carbon offsets, and $1 water refills to reduce the usage of plastic water bottles.

Mountain Jam’s VIP experience has been widely acclaimed and sells out every year. There are shaded outdoor hospitality lounges with good views of the 2 main stages, a variety of gourmet hors d’oeuvres and beverages, discounted beer, and air-conditioned VIP bathrooms. The Tavern in the Woods features a private bar area and Hammock Grove provides a place to lie back and relax in the woods. Other benefits include early arrival access, a VIP Viewing Area in front of the 2 Main Stages, and private camping areas. VIP’s are also offered the ability to purchase on-site lodging and park RV’s on the top portion of the Festival grounds.

Great Artists

Over the years, Mountain Jam has hosted some of the top names in live music, including Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Ratdog, My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ray LaMontagne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Umphrey’s McGee, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band,  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Mavis Staples, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Coheed & Cambria, Drive-By Truckers Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool, Matisyahu, Dave Mason, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mike Gordon, G. Love & Special Sauce, Richie Havens, Martin Sexton, Ozomatli, Galactic, Brett Dennen, Gomez, New Orleans Social Club, Jackie Greene, Ingrid Michaelson, and The Felice Brothers, among many others. In 2010, the festival presented Levon Helm‘s 70th Birthday Jubilee with very special guests Warren Haynes, Donald Fagen, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Patterson & David Hood, Jackie Greene and Allison Moorer.

Hunter Mountain is located within a short drive from anywhere in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

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