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There will be many reviews of this past weekend in Asheville. I, too, have an opinion of the surreal three-night musical romp in the mountains. But this thread is to let you know that there were other reasons that Asheville, NC will continue to be an annual trek for me. It was more about the moments. The moments where if you weren't in that particular space at that particular time, you surely missed out on something that is hard to put into words.

As I drove through the relentless and tumultuous weather towards my ultimate destination, I had many thoughts about how the weekend would play out. I had no real expectations, just hopes and wishes. Thoughts. Internal inquiries, if you will. I wondered who would go on stage with who. I wondered what amount of sleep I would NOT get. I wondered how many people I would recognize in the crowd around me from past shows. I wondered if I would meet some new faces to go with the names here on this site. I wondered why it felt like it took three days to get to Asheville.

With the driving rain that was inevitable, I just kept my game face on and continued on my journey. As I finally saw a sign that read "Asheville, 10 miles", the first of many surprises occurred. The rain let up just enough, and then....as fast as a lightning bolt...the sun burst through all the black and grey. It was still sprinkling, so I knew what might be out there. I twisted my head from side to side, looking out my windows, looking in my rear-view mirror. Then, I saw it. Yes, a beautiful and most complete rainbow. The lilac/indigo hues still stick in my mind's eye to this minute. A wave of relief came over me, washing away all the white-knuckled anticipation I had to have the long drive be almost over.

Again, pulling away from mentioning anything musical in this thread, I will jump to Friday night when, even though I was in the Civic Center, a very bright and full moon was outside. Outside, waiting for everyone when they finally came out the doors at 4:20 a.m. I wasn't able to really view the full moon at its peak, but you could absolutely feel the presence of something special that night inside the venue. My guess it was the circle of nocturnal brightness.

Saturday / Sunday, waiting for a taxi to take my tired bones to my hotel, was my final highlight of celestial magic. It was one of those right-place-at-the-right-time deals. I looked up just as a shooting star fell behind a building. I just kind of opened my mouth and stood there.

Mind you, people, these things are nothing out of the ordinary, really. Any number of us have seen rainbows, full moons and shooting stars....but to all be in one location in such a short period of time...it truly had me in a surreal state of mind by the time I left Asheville, NC.

You'd think that all of this would have been just about too much to handle for one weekend. And it was, almost.

What pulled all of this together for me, what honestly made me believe I was witness to something that I wouldn't have appreciated had I not been right there, was what I saw on Saturday night/Sunday morning at the show.

Warren had been such a presence throughout the entire weekend, of course, playing with everyone and anyone and praising them along the way. Many musical highlights for everyone in attendance. Some were almost too good to be happening.

But what I saw put a different kind of tune in my head, and deeply in my heart. I am tearing up as I type this. From my vantage point, I could see the backstage action pretty easily, as could many people around me. Maybe someone else saw this as I did. But I felt like I was there, alone, witnessing a very beautiful moment. I recognized the man that Warren was walking toward as his father from pictures. And mind you, my friends, what he did was very natural. Warren walked over to his dad and gave him this hug that was so warm and firm and full of love. Oh, my heart. I stood there, with a tear quickly running down my cheek (just as it is now) as I felt like I was somewhere else. Not at a musical miracle that I had counted down the days to attend. I was in this very special place that had its own setlist of emotions and feelings.

I drove back home through the mountains yesterday, thinking about all that I had taken in. And even though the music that took place can never be duplicated anywhere, ever, I kept coming back to the 'other' moments. The ones that really meant the most to me.

Thanks, Warren, for being yourself, and sharing your love of music and people with the rest of us.


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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 09:00 AM
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There will be many reviews of this past weekend in Asheville. I, too, have an opinion of the surreal three-night musical romp in the mountains. But this thread is to let you know that there were other reasons that Asheville, NC will continue to be an annual trek for me. It was more about the moments. The moments where if you weren't in that particular space at that particular time, you surely missed out on something that is hard to put into words.

As I drove through the relentless and tumultuous weather towards my ultimate destination, I had many thoughts about how the weekend would play out. I had no real expectations, just hopes and wishes. Thoughts. Internal inquiries, if you will. I wondered who would go on stage with who. I wondered what amount of sleep I would NOT get. I wondered how many people I would recognize in the crowd around me from past shows. I wondered if I would meet some new faces to go with the names here on this site. I wondered why it felt like it took three days to get to Asheville.

With the driving rain that was inevitable, I just kept my game face on and continued on my journey. As I finally saw a sign that read "Asheville, 10 miles", the first of many surprises occurred. The rain let up just enough, and then....as fast as a lightning bolt...the sun burst through all the black and grey. It was still sprinkling, so I knew what might be out there. I twisted my head from side to side, looking out my windows, looking in my rear-view mirror. Then, I saw it. Yes, a beautiful and most complete rainbow. The lilac/indigo hues still stick in my mind's eye to this minute. A wave of relief came over me, washing away all the white-knuckled anticipation I had to have the long drive be almost over.

Again, pulling away from mentioning anything musical in this thread, I will jump to Friday night when, even though I was in the Civic Center, a very bright and full moon was outside. Outside, waiting for everyone when they finally came out the doors at 4:20 a.m. I wasn't able to really view the full moon at its peak, but you could absolutely feel the presence of something special that night inside the venue. My guess it was the circle of nocturnal brightness.

Saturday / Sunday, waiting for a taxi to take my tired bones to my hotel, was my final highlight of celestial magic. It was one of those right-place-at-the-right-time deals. I looked up just as a shooting star fell behind a building. I just kind of opened my mouth and stood there.

Mind you, people, these things are nothing out of the ordinary, really. Any number of us have seen rainbows, full moons and shooting stars....but to all be in one location in such a short period of time...it truly had me in a surreal state of mind by the time I left Asheville, NC.

You'd think that all of this would have been just about too much to handle for one weekend. And it was, almost.

What pulled all of this together for me, what honestly made me believe I was witness to something that I wouldn't have appreciated had I not been right there, was what I saw on Saturday night/Sunday morning at the show.

Warren had been such a presence throughout the entire weekend, of course, playing with everyone and anyone and praising them along the way. Many musical highlights for everyone in attendance. Some were almost too good to be happening.

But what I saw put a different kind of tune in my head, and deeply in my heart. I am tearing up as I type this. From my vantage point, I could see the backstage action pretty easily, as could many people around me. Maybe someone else saw this as I did. But I felt like I was there, alone, witnessing a very beautiful moment. I recognized the man that Warren was walking toward as his father from pictures. And mind you, my friends, what he did was very natural. Warren walked over to his dad and gave him this hug that was so warm and firm and full of love. Oh, my heart. I stood there, with a tear quickly running down my cheek (just as it is now) as I felt like I was somewhere else. Not at a musical miracle that I had counted down the days to attend. I was in this very special place that had its own setlist of emotions and feelings.

I drove back home through the mountains yesterday, thinking about all that I had taken in. And even though the music that took place can never be duplicated anywhere, ever, I kept coming back to the 'other' moments. The ones that really meant the most to me.

Thanks, Warren, for being yourself, and sharing your love of music and people with the rest of us.


Peace.




Outstanding post and I can feel your love and happiness! Its great to be alive and a music lover!

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 09:32 AM
Fully understand the feeling, and heard some good karma was happening, and well written Joylyn!

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 09:55 AM
thanks for posting that.

I can't even begin to imagine how amazed and proud Warren's father must be of his son. To think people from all over the nation drive/fly in to Asheville, during this time of year, to see him and his phriends play amazing music....and raise so much $$ for such a cause. It really is a bit of a miracle.

Not to get too dramatic but introducing the "family's" to our extended family, especially Warren, has truly changed our lives....a common thread, many shows that we all go to together. During the week of Tgiving we had me, my brother, his wife, my father, his wife, her sister, and two cousins, amongst MANY friends for the Susan T show. And that's just one example - it's the same when Mule/ABB/dTb comes to town.

This is a great place....a great many wonderful people - fans, crew, and performers - come together to change many lives one note at at time. I can't get enough....

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 10:27 AM
Beautiful post. Had my emotional moments too. What an incredible experience Asheville was. Extremely friendly, polite and helpful people. I was 3 days in awe. Not only by the awesome music but also by this gathering of people with a shared passion. Nice meeting you at Stella Blue!

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 12:05 PM
Truly a beautiful post Mudflapgirl ! It was a magical weekend !

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 12:19 PM
Thanks a bunch...

ABBDutchFan, it was great to meet you, too. I am glad you had such a fantastic time. I could tell you were enjoying yourself because you were smiling every time I saw you!

 

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Loving your post, Mudflapgirl!!! You and ABBDutchFan have both brought big smiles to my face this morning with your wonderful accounts of what sounds like a magical musical weekend!

 

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It truly was magical. I felt every word you typed. On the way home I mentioned how strong the Christmas Jam vibe was in Asheville. You could feel it twenty miles out on Thursday. It got stronger each day. Then Sunday, Asheville was so quiet. We all had experienced something you just don't experience at a usual concert. Beginning Thursday night with the PreJam, it lasted until 1-2am. Friday it was up early, breakfast, then get in the noon time line at Stella Blue. Another daytime event filled with music. Then it was grab something to eat, and head for the Civic Center where you met a very long line of festive folks.

One thing I can say about the Warren Haynes, many of us have seen him many, many times. Just when you may think it will happen a certain way, Warren does the unexpected. So, you have to expect the unexpected at the Christmas Jam. This year was my 8th Jam in a row, thats every show in the Civic Center. Govt Mule has closed every show except the show with Gregg Allman a few years back. Warren comes out, and we are thinking its the usual acoustic kick off to another Jam. But Warren pulls a Ace out of the deck and Govt Mule opens the festivities. WOW. They kicked out a few songs and the Mules set was over. Then Warren announced, "Now thats out of the way, we will start the good part of the show."

The rest of the night was so magical. Very intense, many guest musicians on and off the stage. Before the jam, all the pre thoughts about the jam, was the nights may end earlier. Boy was I wrong. Friday was a long long day of music. Starting at 12 noon, the Allman Brothers ended their last song ironically at 4:20 am. The Brothers kicked @$$, and kicked it hard. They were as intense as I have ever heard them. Guest musicians included Ruthie Foster, Susan T, Tal Wilkenfield, John Paul Jones, and Ron Holloway. Tal Wilkenfield came out and showed us nobody intimidates her. She nailed it. Then my guess came true. The Allmans jumped in to Mtn Jam. Everybody starts looking at their watches and thinks its going to be 5am before we get out of here.......Mtn Jam slowed to a snails pace, and out jumps John Paul Jones and Mtn Jam slams in to Dazed and Confused. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome is all I will say about that. I didn't even mention what all went on between the Mule and Allman Brothers. Truly one of my best musical experiences in my life.

Friday Night looking at the clock and it showing 4:30am while we were walking out, was honestly a Allman Brothers Show that was a "PLAY ALL NIGHT"show. You here people yell at all their shows, you heard the story about it at the Fillmore. But has it actually happened in this modern day era? I can not recall one show. This one was it..."PLAY ALL NIGHT"

So its back to the motel, get in bed around 5:30 am, sleep til 9:30-10am and its off to our favorite restaurant The Mediterranian Restaurant for breakfast. Great place, great food, great price. After eating we head up to our next day of music. Playing at the Jack of the Wood at noon, was Edwin McCain, Kev Kenny, Col Bruce, Patterson Hood, Jennie Annau, plus others. Very intimate setting. Small stage where you could eat, drink and listen. Then its back to the Civic Center around 5:30pm. This time the line is around the building. much longer than the night before. I guess most folks arrived late on Friday. Most folks who were they Friday were standing in line thinking, how can you out do last nights show. Its not worth trying to compare the two. I am not going to say Friday was better, or Saturday was better. It was all one Jam and it ALL was one of the best musical experiences I have ever experienced. The amazing thing is, I have said that at the end of every jam my last 8 years. I have said it every year and Warren continues to make each year better. I walk away every year in Awe.

Folks are always saying that Warren Haynes is the hardest working person in Rock and Roll. I got to add to that list.

Brian Farmer is also another hardest working person in Rock and Roll. They had an incredible stage setting at the jam. If there is one person who worked their @$$ off its Brian. The man is a machine. He never stopped the whole weekend. Great job Brian. You truly deserve this honorable mention. The Jam would not happen without your dedication.

[Edited on 12/15/2008 by rottinpeach]

 

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Thank you, John.

JoLyn...what a beautiful post. I was tearing up as I read it. Thank you!

 

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Thank you, John.

JoLyn...what a beautiful post. I was tearing up as I read it. Thank you!




When I shot this picture, I thought to myself, Mitzi's gonna love this shot. It was a Gregg Allman night, he was awesome, great keyboards, vocals were very strong. He gave us a lot of smiles. All the members of the ABB's had huge, huge smiles while playing. They really enjoyed theirselves.

 

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I thought this was a cool shot. Jorgan with the jacket and scarf and it looks like Matt is snowed in................


 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 01:16 PM
Jay and Bret took a bunch of photos Thurs night, too. I'd say we'll be seeing some of those.

Great to see all of you. ABBduch, glad to see that you guys made it back and had such a great trip.

Sorry I missed meeting the MudFlapGirl. The chance will come again.

Went to bed at 9:30 last night and still had trouble this morning.

As John said, "PLAY ALL NIGHT!".

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 01:19 PM
Hey JoLyn, you celebrated your Birthday in style!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Keep those reviews coming...

 

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  posted on 12/15/2008 at 01:33 PM
The 13th was my B-day. I had told my buddy last week that the only thing that could make it any better would to have the ABB on my birthday. Since they started @ 2:45, I got my wish.

 

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Happy Birthday to both Alan and Joylyn.

 

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