Mountain Jam goes Virtual on Radio Woodstock this Weekend


Mountain Jam, the largest annual and longest-running music and camping festival in the Northeast announced today “The Best of Mountain Jam”, an exclusive virtual music experience in place of this year’s festival. Originally scheduled for May 29th – May 31st at Bethel Woods, NY, the festival, now in its 16th year, was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Photo by Jim Gilbert

On Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st, fans of the festival can tune in to “The Best of Mountain Jam” for a full day of Mountain Jam performances and backstage artist interviews exclusively on Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST and on  Radio Woodstock’s live stream via the iHeart radio app, and on 

Listeners can expect to hear performances from past Mountain Jam artists including Robert Plant, The Allman Brothers, The Black Keys, Wille Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule, Alabama Shakes,  Bob Weir and Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, Levon Helm, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Grace Potter, My Morning Jacket, Beck, Jason Isbell, Steve Winwood, Les Claypool, The Revivalists, Umphrey’s McGee, Wilco, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dave Mason, Mavis Staple, Lake Street Dive, Ben Folds, Robert Randolph, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dispatch, The Head & The Heart, Houndmouth, Martin Sexton, G.Love, Shakey Graves, Amy Helm, Ray Lamontagne, Sharon Jones & The Dapkins, St Paul & The Broken Bones, Lucius, Trombone Shorty, Courtney Barnett, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sister Sparrow, Toots & The Maytals, Twiddle,  Marco Benevento, Valerie June, Andy Frasco and the UN, Strumbellas, Nicki Bluhm, Dawes, Jade Bird and more.

Photo by Jim Gilbert

On Saturday, May 30th some of Mountain Jam’s most iconic and familiar artists who were set to play the festival this year, will give exclusive live video performances from their own homes. The list includes Warren Haynes from New York, Michael Franti from Bali, and Stephen Lewis from Canada. Live streamed performances will begin at 7PM EDT on both Radio Woodstock and Mountain Jam’s Facebook pages and YouTube channels. In addition, in tribute to what would have been a celebration of Levon Helm’s 80th birthday at the festival, Mountain Jam will stream the entire Levon Helm 70th Birthday Jubilee that occurred in 2010 with special guests Warren Haynes, Ray LaMontagne, Alison Krauss, Donald Fagen, Patterson Hood and Jackie Greene.

Gary Chetkof, Founder of Mountain Jam and President of Radio Woodstock says, “We miss the spirit of the Mountain Jam Festival and all the positive vibes that it brings every spring. We want to keep the music going and give something back to our fans. We hope listening to “The Best of Mountain Jam” rekindles great memories as we relive amazing, powerful live performances.  We hope the weekend performances provide inspiration and anticipation for us all  coming together next year.”

Links for the virtual The Best of Mountain Jam include Mountain Jam Fest on Facebook, Radio Woodstock You Tube, and Radio Woodstock on iHeart Radio.

The schedule for the live performances on Saturday, May 30th

  • 7:00PM – Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun
  • 7:45PM – Michael Franti 
  • 8:00PM – Warren Haynes 
  • 8:15PM – Levon’s 70th Birthday Jubilee (from Mountain Jam 2010)

So while we will be missing Mountain Jam Festival this year, we don’t have to miss the music. Tune in and share the vibe.

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