Mountain Jam 2008 | From the Mountain, Day 1

Greetings dutiful readers of the LMB. I’m going to put together a full recap of Mountain Jam when I get back to the City. Until then, I figured I’d check in, let you know what’s gone down so far.

Mountain Jam’s first day was, thankfully a dry one. The history of this event doesn’t bode well for the rest of the weekend, however, and today is going to be a wet one, I fear. However, the forecast for Sunday is much better.

The biggest surprise for me was Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. They brought some serious stank to the mountain. Some thick grooves being laid down here, folks. Great music for a festival.

Ivan Neville's Dumpsaphunk

Ivan Neville's Dumpsaphunk

Before Ivan Neville, we made it to the mountain in time to check out Jim Weider’s Percolator Project followed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Each time I see Grace I’m more and more impressed. She brings a great vibe to the scene with her heartfelt, soulful, vocals.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

After the Phunk, Umphrey’s McGee played an hour and a half set leading into Gov’t Mule’s two-set show.

Jake Cinninger, UM

“Don’t Step on the Grass, Sam” featured an band-led, audience-sung chorus, led by Brian, Warren’s guitar tech, holding up cue cards.

Warren Haynes

Well, that’s about all the time I have for now. The wife and I are getting the rain gear packed up as we get ourselves together for day two.

If any of you are here along with me, let me know!