Orange Peel and US Cellular Center - Asheville, NC
Now, Warren Haynes! Now, American Babies! Now, George Porter Jr, Terence Higgins, Eric Krasno and Danny Louis! On, Jamey Johnson and Allison Krauss! On, Marcus King Band! On, Bob Weir and Friends; Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, and Don Was! On Gov’t Mule and Friends! Now dance away! Dance away! Dance away all!
night was upon us and The US Cellular Center was stirring, not a frown in the house. Twas no longer the night before Christmas Jam, the day had arrived. The seats were filling by the stage with care, in hopes that Warren and friends soon would be there.The lights on the new-fallen stage show, gave luster to the instruments below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Warren Haynes and a roar of a cheer. Warren reminded us of these gifts and why we are here.
Marcus King Band - Keep Moving
Holly Bowling - Sugaree
Porter, Krasno, Medeski, Higgins, Marsalis and Marcus King - Just Kissed My Baby
Michael McDonald with Krasno - Takin' It To The Streets
Bob Weir - Easy to Slip
Last Waltz Band - The Weight
Last Waltz Band - Up On Cripple Creek
Last Waltz Band - King Harvest
Christmas Jam 2016 provided the fans with some of the best collaborations we have heard. There are many significant call outs; Jamey Johnson and Allison Krauss duet silenced the crowd for 2 nights; Holly Bowling’s magical arrangements on piano where something not often heard; Bob Weir with Warren Haynes, Holly Bowling and Branford Marsalis; Bob Weir and Allison Krauss; The Last Waltz Band with Bob Weir and Allison Krauss; Gov’t Mule, two drummers playing in Grateful Dead style with Paul Riddle (from Marshall Tucker Band) and Duane Trucks for Dreams and Mountain Jam. Needless to say, faces were appropriately melted in Asheville.
I heard him exclaim, as there was a fade of the lights; Happy Christmas Jam to all, and to all a good-night!