In keeping with Christmas Jam’s three-decade tradition of giving back to the Asheville community, Grammy Award-winning vocalist-songwriter, producer and revered guitarist Warren Haynes and the W&S Charitable Foundation have donated $400,000 to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity — one of the largest ever in the event’s history, bringing the new total to $2.7 million raised since 1999.

Proceeds for this donation were derived from the 30th Annual Christmas Jam weekend in Asheville that took place in December 2018 which included the Pre-Jam at the Orange Peel, two nights at the U.S. Cellular Center, Xmas Jam by Day at the Asheville Music Hall, The One Stop, and Jack of the Wood, The Snow Jam at the Orange Peel and the Xmas Jam Pop-Up Gallery.

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Vocalist, songwriter and revered guitarist Warren Haynes is pictured during the Christmas Jam performance in 2016.

The year 2018 marked an unforgettable year in Christmas Jam history with its iconic guests including Dave Grohl and Eric Church and even the addition of The Snow Jam, an impromptu show at the Orange Peel with Dave Grohl and Warren Haynes which closed out the four-night Christmas Jam music marathon.

After 30 years of hosting the Christmas Jam, Haynes and the W&S Charitable Foundation will take a brief hiatus from their annual arena show at the U.S. Cellular Center this year. The 31st Annual Christmas Jam will resume in 2020 at the U.S. Cellular Center.

This break will enable the team to build even further upon Christmas Jam’s charitable reach and mission to best serve the needs of the Asheville community and return in 2020 with an exciting line-up and a weekend full of memorable music and Christmas Jam activities.

An announcement regarding the 31st Christmas Jam will be made in early 2020.

Warren Haynes shares:

“Since we started the Christmas Jam in 1988, it has grown in every way we wished for, and in many ways that we could have only hoped for when we first set out. After three decades, and an amazing two-night 30th Anniversary last year, it feels like the right time to take a brief moment to press pause. We have poured our heart and soul into creating this annual event and our commitment to serve the Asheville community and Habitat for Humanity remains strong.

I am so grateful to our many partners that help us bring the community together around the Christmas Jam every year, including the city of Asheville, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, WNCW, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CID Entertainment, all of our production partners, venues, hotels, and local businesses, our incredible staff and volunteers, and countless others. And, of course, all the fans who have supported the Christmas Jam. We can’t do it without you.

I will certainly miss seeing you all this year. Christmas Jam has become such a special time for me, my family and our Asheville community, and we look forward to continuing the tradition that we have all built together for many years to come. We are already planning a big show for 2020 and we can’t wait to share with you what’s in store. We will see you next year.”

For more info, visit www.xmasjam.com or www.warrenhaynes.net.

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