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Mountain Jam- Music Festival, Hunter NY

Updated on February 27, 2015
View from descending chairlift.
View from descending chairlift.

You can feel the good vibes emanating from the crowd at Hunter Mountain, NY during their annual Mountain Jam music festival. Held each year on the first weekend after Memorial Day, thousands flock to this beautiful location to experience four days full of amazing music, delicious food, and loads of fun.

Started in 2005 by Warren Haynes and Radio Woodstock, Mountain Jam was originally just a one day concert held in honor of Radio Woodstock’s 25th anniversary. Since then, the festival has grown to a 4 day mega-event, headlining some of the most influential and talented artists in the country.

The staple of the event is of course Warren Haynes’ band Gov’t Mule, who has appeared at every Mountain Jam since its humble beginnings. Michael Franti and Spearhead is another regular who missed the first event in 2005 but has played each year since. You can count on Mountain Jam having a good mix of tried and true ‘festival bands’ such as Umphrey’s McGee and Dark Star Orchestra, as well as artists who have received widespread radio play in the national scene.

One of the big draws to this festival has to be its location. In stark contrast to its winter appearance, the slopes of Hunter Mountain ski resort become swaths of green, dotted with colorful tents. The summer sun sets slowly behind the crowd, showing off the picturesque landscape of the mountainside. One of the best ways to view the scene is by taking their chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and back down, going right over the middle of the main stage concert field.

The food vendors are some of the most varied that you’ll find at any festival. From the most mouthwatering BBQ to a wide array of vegan and vegetarian options, along with pizza, desserts, and coffee, here you can find almost anything you might have a hankering for. A word of note, as is with most festivals, you can find coffee at a lot of vendors, but make sure you’re up for a wait when choosing a specialty coffee stand as these always have lines. That iced cappuccino however, is definitely worth the wait!

The ticket price for Mountain Jam is comparable to other large festivals such as Gathering of the Vibes, but as its continuing to grow, the price is creeping ever closer to those you’d find for Bonnaroo or Coachella.

Three stages, four days, four nights, and one beautiful location. Mountain Jam brings it all, its your job to try to pack it all in.

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