I had a feeling that with the impending weather change I would start seeing more announcements for tropical getaways. I guess I was right, because ‘Jamm in Jamaica is here. Read on for the full, officlal press release.

‘Jamm In Jamaica’ Takes The Jamband Festival International

One Week of Concerts in Negril, Jamaica Includes Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, an ekoostik hookah 1991-96 era reunion, The Everyone Orchestra and more, March 25 – April 1

New York, NY – The inaugural ‘Jamm in Jamaica’ festival presents fans of live music the opportunity to enjoy some of the best the jamband and roots music scene has to offer in an ideal tropical location – Negril, Jamaica’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach. The ‘festival held March 25 through April 1, features nearly twenty shows in seven days on stunning cliffs and sandy beaches, concluding in a festival day including all of the acts on the bill.

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’Jamm in Jamaica’ performers include:
Donna The Buffalo
Railroad Earth

Under Full Sail (featuring members from ekoostik hookah’s 1991-96 era band)
Hot Buttered Rum String Band
The Big Wu
Vince Herman

David Gans
The Everyone Orchestra
The Jamm in Jamaica festival presents multiple performances by Donna the Buffalo, the New York state based hybrid that piles reggae, rock, country, zydeco, Cajun, and folk on top of old-time fiddle music together. Railroad Earth will be performing four sets during the week in Negril with their “as rock ‘n’ roll as bluegrass gets without losing the bluegrass in the sound” approach.

Under Full Sail is a reunion group made up of the original ekoostik hookah band members, based on its 1991 – 1996 line up: Steve Sweney (lead guitar), Dave Katz (keys/guitar/vocals), Cliff Starbuck (bass/vocals), Eric Lanese (drums) and John Mullins (guitar/vocals), for the first time since Mullins departed from the band in 1996.

Former Leftover Salmon front man Vince Herman will act as the event’s emcee as well as performing lively, short sets. Jamm in Jamaica features additional diverse artists: bluegrass up-and-comers Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Bay Area singer/songwriter David Gans, and roots rock devotees The Big Wu.

The event will culminate with a massive celebratory coming together facilitated by The Everyone Orchestra’s Matt Butler who will conduct various members of all of the festival artists in a participatory jam with the audience.

Donna the Buffalo and ekoostik hookah are no strangers to international events. In 2004, Donna the Buffalo took hundreds of fans on a week-long Caribbean cruise, while ekoostik hookah has embarked on three international trips customized for their fans including two Negril getaways and a week in Amsterdam, Holland.

’Jamm in Jamaica’ event packages include roundtrip airfare from thirty major airports, seven nights of accommodations in Negril, all airport transfers, and a festival laminate for access to all shows. Packages are available now beginning as low as $699 plus taxes.

For Jamm in Jamaica festival reservations, detailed Negril hotel information, festival schedule, pricing and ticketing information, and additional information please visit www.jamminjamaica.com. Reservations are able to be completed on line.


For questions about travel arrangements, hotels, flights, and destination related questions, contact Sunsplash Tours at 1-800-816-1846 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For questions about the bands, general festival questions, sponsorship opportunities, contact ProActive Entertainment at [email protected]