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Mountain Jam announces 2020 lineup at Bethel Woods with Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, Brandi Carlile, and more

Mountain Jam announces 2020 lineup at Bethel Woods with Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, Brandi Carlile, and more
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From a press release:

Mountain Jam, one of the Northeast’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll music and camping festivals and the largest in New York, announced its lineup today for the three-day music extravaganza at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.

Now in its 16th continuous year, the festival will feature over 30 bands, including headliners Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, and Brandi Carlile, plus performances from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Head and the Heart, Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Margo Price, Yola, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more across three stages. Additionally, Mountain Jam will host a special tribute performance in honor of Levon Helm’s 80th birthday featuring The Midnight Ramble Band and very special guests.

For the first time, both single day tickets and weekend passes for Mountain Jam 2020 will go on sale at the same time on Monday, Feb. 10 starting at 10 a.m. Ticket prices start at $44.50 for single-day lawn tickets. For a limited time, three-day early bird lawn tickets will be available for $99. This year, general car parking will be included in the ticket prices. For more information on tickets, reserved and lawn seating, camping packages, and more, visit

Mountain Jam will return to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY) for the second year running. This year’s festival will again feature Gov’t Mule frontman and Grammy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, and revered guitarist Warren Haynes as co-presenter of Mountain Jam alongside Radio Woodstock and Live Nation, organizers of the Peach Music Festival, which returns to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on July 2-5.

“Mountain Jam 2020 is a unique and highly curated festival, separate and apart from other music festivals,” said Gary Chetkof, founder of Mountain Jam.

“We are thrilled to welcome Trey for the first time in our 16-year history, as well as to welcome back some old friends and to spotlight many of the great women making music today. The Levon Helm 80th birthday tribute will bring joy and tears and some very special guests.

“In addition, we continue to evolve the festival with lawn ticket prices that are lower than we have ever offered, as well as reserved seating options for the day or the entire weekend, and a VIP program that is second to none. On-site camping will be for RVs only this year, as we will utilize nearby campgrounds to offer our fans the best camping experience possible. And returning to Bethel Woods, a world class venue with the rich history of Woodstock, provides Mountain Jam with a special backdrop and amazing vibes.”

“I’m glad to be returning to Mountain Jam again after last year’s maiden voyage at Bethel Woods,” added co-presenter and performer Warren Haynes.

“It’s a beautiful and historic site and a great place to host such a diverse three nights of music.”

“There is no better way to kick-off the 2020 summer season at Bethel Woods than welcoming back Mountain Jam for its 2nd year at our historic concert venue and Museum. We are excited for the cultural opportunity this represents for our guests and community,” Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Chief Executive Officer Eric Frances said.

Fans can stay for the weekend with on-site RV camping packages as well as multiple off-site campgrounds that offer tent camping, car-side tent camping, or glamping options. Shuttles will run daily to the festival grounds. Travel packages (which bundle a ticket with a hotel) are available, as well as hotel accommodations with special discount pricing for Mountain Jam ticket holders.

This year’s Mountain Jam Festival will again feature a yoga program each morning. There will be on-site attractions, including an expanded Hemp Village and Craft Beer Tap House, and the addition of a New York State Distillery Garden featuring the best locally produced products. The Hemp Village will include vendors, activities, and panel discussions over the weekend, covering a range of topics currently being tackled in the cannabis industry as well as a look into the future as legislation and legalization continues to evolve. The Museum at Bethel Woods will be opened exclusively for festival attendees free of charge. A wide variety of food (from gourmet and organic fare to comfort food), arts and crafts vendors, and artist encounters will be available.

Mountain Jam 2020 lineup:

Friday, May 29
Trey Anastasio Band
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Greensky Bluegrass
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Kung Fu
Midnight North
Royal Khaoz
Ciarra Fragale

Saturday, May 30
Gov’t Mule (playing two sets)
The Head and the Heart
American Son: Levon Helm’s 80th Birthday Celebration featuring The Midnight Ramble Band and very special guests
Margo Price
Hiss Golden Messenger
Big Something
Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun
Diana DeMuth
Hayley Jane and Friends featuring Reed Mathis, Michelangelo Caruba (Turkuaz) and Rob Compa (Dopapod)
Caleb Hawley
Jamie Drake

Sunday, May 31
Brandi Carlile
Grace Potter
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Ghost of Paul Revere
David Wax Museum
Sammy Rae and the Friends
Scruffy Pearls
Wild Rivers
Raye Zaragoza
Kevin Daniel
The Rock Academy

The Mountain Jam festival is produced by Mountain Jam Productions, LLC, a collaboration between Chet-5 Festivals, Live Nation, Woodstock, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, and Warren Haynes. Mountain Jam is a three-day, multi-stage event featuring approximately 30 bands on three stages at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, one of the Northeast’s premier natural amphitheaters and the site of the historic 1969 Woodstock festival.

Over the years, Mountain Jam has hosted some of the top names in live music, including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Beck, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Widespread Panic, Portugal. The Man, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Gov’t Mule, Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Steve Miller Band, Alt-J, Ray LaMontagne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Mavis Staples, and many others.

Chet-5 Festivals is the founder of the Mountain Jam Music Festival. Chet-5 produces numerous concerts and festivals in and around upstate New York and co-founded the Taste of Country Festival at Hunter Mountain. Gary Chetkof is the company‘s president and principal owner, and has been for over 27 years the principal owner and operator of Radio Woodstock, the legendary independent radio station broadcasting from Woodstock, New York and streaming globally via the iHeart media player.

Visionary Grammy Award-winning artist Warren Haynes is a cornerstone of the American music landscape, lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. He effortlessly cross-pollinates genres and unfurls solos that broil with passion in his distinctive signature style. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, he has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers, and his artistry has led to thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales.

Haynes is a beacon of creativity and musical excellence that inspires fans as well as fellow musicians, evidenced by the diverse array of artists that he has performed and recorded with. As the frontman of Gov’t Mule, Haynes along with his bandmates drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, create consistently honest, organic, and daring music, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered, and active bands in the world whose spot among rock titans remains unshakable. The enduring, globally revered group has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence, and breadth over the course of 16 studio and live albums. Their flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound.

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment company, comprised of global market leaders Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship.

Located on the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival just 90 miles northwest of New York City in the Catskills’ Sullivan County, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural center focusing on history, creativity, and community. Home to an award-winning museum devoted to the story of the 1960s and a 15,000-seat entertainment venue, Bethel Woods is a must-visit tourist and cultural destination, attracting local, national, and international visitors.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2019 Peach Music Festival here.

Photo of Trey Anastasio by Scott Kucharski Photography/NEPA Scene