Mountain Jam just wouldn’t be if it weren’t for Mr. Warren Haynes. He’s a huge reason why this festival has just wrapped up its 8th year!
Govt Mule played 2 shows during Mountain Jam, headlining both Friday and Saturday nights. We caught the Friday night show.
Under heavily cloudy skies, fans began filling the mountain in front of the East Stage. We stopped at a concession to purchase a rain poncho since the skies had grown increasingly threatening, and the winds had picked up.
Just as Warren walked out onto the stage a light drizzle started to fall. Govt Mule eased into a seventies-style slow psychedelic jam. A faint green light washed the stage as Warren coaxed some beautifully soulful leads from his guitar. The leads were so very expressive that words were not required. It was as though the host of this great party was taking a gracious, slow and deliberate bow to acknowledge the thousands that had come out to celebrate music.
As the jam intensified and sped up, so did the lights. The stage was ablaze both visually and audibly. The audience was pumped and moved and swayed with the music. The sound was crystal clear.
When Govt Mule took a break between songs, Warren suggested that the crowd “Will the rain away”, seconds later the sky opened up and it poured. The audience seemed to be oblivious to the rain.
About 45 minutes later, it was still pouring, incredibly enough, very few people had left. The show was simply too captivating to leave, even when the winds picked up and driving rain pelted the audience – they rocked on.
Eventually Warren acknowledged the weather and explained that usually the band would take a half hour break before resuming jamming into the night. Because it was pouring however, the band had decided to keep playing right through their allotted break. The crowd greeted this news with an uproarious cheer.
The jam was in full swing, and the mountain was filled with music and enthusiastic fans who were completely undaunted by the foul weather- the true spirit of Mountain Jam.
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