Spend December With Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule & Friends

Warren Haynes is getting in the spirit of the holidays already. And the holidays are all about traditions. In addition to announcing dates and the initial lineup for his annual , Gov’t Mule has booked its annual New Year’s Eve shows in New York.

This year the Christmas Year Jam is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two nights at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., Dec. 13-14. Today’s lineup announcement coincides with World Habitat Day, which is fitting because the Jam benefits the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity for the 15th year in a row.

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Great Stage Park, Manchester, Tenn.

“We have a lot of great artists on board with more big names to be announced shortly, along with a few surprises,” says Haynes.

The Phil Lesh Quintet will be there for one of its first shows in over 10 years – featuring Haynes and Lesh along with Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco and John Molo.

Plus, The Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to the Christmas Jam after a 13-year absence. The “supergroup” is made up of Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe and Matt Slocum.

And for one more return project, Gov’t Mule and John Scofield will team up once again as SCO-MULE. The two acts first joined forces in 1999 for two gigs described as “legendary shows of mind-bending live prowess.”

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Gathering Of The Vibes, Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Conn.

Michael Franti has promised to deliver another unique set with many of the acts on the bill. Fans who were at the Christmas Jam five years ago got to see Franti’s solo set expand to a full band featuring Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on mandolin.  

So far, the lineup also includes Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Keb’ Mo’, O.A.R., The John Scofield Uberjam Band and special guests Bill Evans, Ron Holloway and Kevn Kinney.   

Additional performers will be announced soon.

VIP tickets and travel packages go on sale Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Presale tickets, including a limited number of discounted two-day passes, will be available Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. Eastern. The public onsale is scheduled Oct. 18.

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DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.

As for Gov’t Mule’s New Year’s Eve plans, the band will take over New York City’s Beacon Theatre Dec. 30-31. Dec. 30 features Vintage Trouble and Dec. 31 boasts three full sets from Gov’t Mule.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 9 at 12 p.m.

For more information visit WarrenHaynes.net.