Mountain Jam Announces New Bands


The countdown continues to this year’s incredibly diverse Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain from June 2-5, with the addition of 11 new bands, culturally on-point workshops, favorite weekend activities and kids’ programming. Early Bird tickets are almost sold out and pricing will increase at 12midnight on Sunday (February 28).

The 12th annual Mountain Jam – headlined by the previously announced Beck, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee and Gov’t Mule – announced its final line up this week, bringing into the mix a batch of new bands, including Houndmouth, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Marco Benevento & Superhuman Happiness: A Tribute to David Bowie, and emerging artists the Record Company, Quilt, Darlingside, Elijah Wolf, the Movement, Scott Sharrard, Upstate Rubdown and Saratoga Springs power trio Wild Adriatic.

In addition to what’s happening on the three stages, Festival programming will continue to engage festival-goers with thought-provoking topics and recreational activities. Back for its second year will be yoga with Michael Franti, who joins attendees in poses and practices before he and Spearhead take to the main stage on Sunday afternoon. Jason Pinsky, CEO of Cannastract, a New York-based cannabis company, will lead lectures and Q&A sessions entitled “The Integration of Cannabis and Music Branding: From
Sour Diesel to Snoop Dog” and “A History of Cannabis in America: Past, Present and Future.”

Documentary director Jay Sansone will present a screening of his recently released film, “Let Us Play,” chronicling a six-month period on the road and in the recording studio with funk band, Lettuce. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sansone and members of Lettuce.

Iconic rock and roll photographer Jay Blakesberg will present “Chasing the Light,” a slide show/storytelling presentation about his 35 years in the business, documenting the Grateful Dead to his latest book, “Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender.”

Here’s the complete line-up of bands for the 2016 Mountain Jam:

* Beck
* Wilco
* The Avett Brothers
* Gov’t Mule
* Umphrey’s McGee
* Thievery Corporation
* Brandi Carlile
* Jason Isbell
* Gary Clark Jr.
* Michael Franti & Spearhead
* Courtney Barnett
* Chris Robinson Brotherhood
* Nathaniel Ratliff & the Night Sweats
* Lettuce
* Houndmouth
* Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
* Nahko & Medicine for the People
* The New Mastersounds
* Third World
* Kiss The Viper’s Fang: Marco Benevento & Superhuman Happiness’ Tribute to David Bowie
* Turkuaz
* Donna the Buffalo
* Son Little
* The London Souls
* Cabinet
* The Ballroom Thieves with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra
* And the Kids
* Love Cannon
* Marcus King Band
* Con Brio
* The Record Company
* Quilt
* Darlingside
* Elijah Wolf
* Wild Adriatic
* Jane Lee Hooker
* Copious Jones
* Madaila
* The Suitcase Junket
* Upstate Rubdown
* The Paul Green Rock Academy
* Yogarama with the Bari Koral Family Band
* Ratboy Jr.

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