Posts Tagged ‘Hunter Mountain’

Festival Fever: A Taste of Country Music Festival, 6/13-15/13

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Hunter Hayes hits the stage at Hunter Mountain in Hunter this summer…

Yes, the fast-rising country music newcomer will be one of the featured performers at the Taste of Country Music Festival, a new three-day fest that will take over the ski center from June 13-15, just one week after Warren Haynes’ annual Mountain Jam fest.

Among the nearly dozen performers who have been announced for a Taste of Country are the fests’ headliners – Willie Nelson & Family, Trace Adkins and Lady Antebellum.

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LIVE: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 6/3/12

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Stevie Winwood

Stevie Winwood

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Driving down Route 30 past Gilboa through Schoharie County, I was pretty excited to be heading towards Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain. The devastation of last year’s flood was still evident, as was many of the road and bridge repairs that made the drive easy. I was struck by the many creekside parking areas, which made the area very friendly to tourists and fishermen.

Although unable to attend the first three days of the festival this year, I had accessed some of the music on the internet. Gov’t Mule – made up of festival organizer Warren Haynes, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, keyboardist Danny Louis and drummer Matt Abts – had played two extended sets on Friday and Saturday and were joined by “The Ramble On the Road” band in the second set Saturday for a tribute to the recently deceased Levon Helm.

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Festival Fever: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 5/31-6/3/12

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Led by guitarslinger extraordinaire Warren Haynes, Mountain Jam will once again take over Hunter Mountain in Hunter for four days of wonderful and wildly eclectic music, beginning on Thursday, May 31.

Naturally, Haynes’ band Gov’t Mule (or rather one of Haynes’ bands) will be headlining on the Friday and Saturday nights, but the eighth annual fest’s roster of diverse talent also includes Steve Winwood, Ben Folds Five, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Roots, the Word and much, much more.

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LIVE: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 6/4/11

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Mountain Jam

Mountain Jam

It’s been a long time since I went to a “Festival” type concert, but at the urging of a friend who was calling me lame, I bought a one-day pass for Mountain Jam. When I looked at the schedule for Saturday, a couple of performers jumped out at me – Mavis Staples and the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, and a chance to see Gov’t Mule. So, this 54-year old headed up the mountain wearing a NYRA “Alabama” hat, a Buck Dharma Archive T-shirt and comfortable shoes. I packed one of the kid’s backpacks with everything I needed to enjoy the concert – a change of clothes, with a hoodie and heavy sweat pants for when it got cold, a camera, binoculars (never used them once), bug spray, sunscreen, Aleve, my medicine, a big water bottle and a flashlight. With a Coleman camp chair, I was ready!

We found a place a couple of hundred feet from the stage, and claimed (or so we thought) our ground for the day and began 12+ hours of music and people watching. The crowd was very diverse – families with very young kids up to people I would consider old. The weather was spectacular – sunny with a breeze and in the mid-70s – and as we got there, the Ryan Montbleau Band started playing. Never heard of them before, have no idea what any of the songs were called, but it was a vibrant performance that swung and rocked and fit the bright weather. The guitar player was excellent and had one of the best, if not the best solo of the day. These guys ended their set by saying they play house parties! I don’t know the names of the songs, but I am going to find out.

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Festival Fever: Bluestock Update

Monday, March 14th, 2011

We’ve already told you about Bluestock – the big, three-day blues festival that will be taking place at Hunter Mountain in Hunter on August 26-28.

But Bluestock organizers have added some notable new acts to the bill.

Gregg Allman – who released a solo album “Low Country Blues” on Rounder Records earlier this year – will headline one of the three days. The other previously announced headliners are Buddy Guy and Elvin Bishop.

New Orleans hornman Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have also been added to the line-up.

And the strangest new Bluestock announcement?

That’s right, film action star Steven Seagal will co-host the festival, as well as perform with his band Thunderbox.

Festival Fever: Big Bluestock Blowout Bash

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Had enough of the snow and ice and cold? Why not think happy thoughts? Like maybe August…

That’s when Hunter Mountain – which is also the site of Warren Haynes’ annual Mountain Jam festival in June – will be hosting the inaugural Bluestock Music Festival, billed as three days of “peace, love and blues.”

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2011 Line-Up for Mountain Jam

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Yeah, it sure feels like winter out there right now, but looking over the freshly announced line-up of bands for the Mountain Jam festival in June is sure to be enough to warm you up for bit.

The seventh annual Mountain Jam festival rolls into Hunter Mountain in Hunter, expanding to a four-day event which will take place from Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5. The festival will also be offering camping this year.

And the initial roster of bands that are scheduled to perform was announced today.

So who’s coming?

Since guitarslinger Warren Haynes is one of the festival’s driving forces, it’s no surprise that Gov’t Mule is returning (headlining on June 4), but the Warren Haynes Band will be playing as well, (headlining on June 3).

And My Morning Jacket is returning to headline the closing day of the fest, June 5.

But there’s more – much more. Also on tap for Mountain Jam VII are:

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Festival Fever: Mountain Jam, 6/4-6/10

Friday, March 26th, 2010


The sixth annual Mountain Jam presented by Warren Haynes and WDST-FM sounded like a great fest when they announced the initial line-up back in January.

But they’ve added lots more acts since then, and now it’s shaping up to be a real blockbuster of a fest – three days, four stages, 50 bands at Hunter Mountain in Hunter from Friday-Sunday, June 4-6.

Still more bands are yet to be announced, but here’s how the Mountain Jam schedule looks at the moment:

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