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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why you should still go to Mountain Jam

Now in it's thirteenth year, Mountain Jam returns to its beautiful location in Hunter, NY. Despite some initial changes to this year's festival, there's still plenty reasons to head down to the Catskills for Mountain Jam 2017.

This year, Mountain Jam is back at the majestic Hunter Mountain, June 16-18, 2017. This year might be named 'Changed Jam' because of all the changes, but above all else, Mountain Jam rules the North East as one of the best music festivals around the area. Sure, there's some negative aspects to Mountain Jam like there is to every music festivals, but there's also some great positive things that make the jam what is today.

Let's talk about the good things about Mountain Jam this year, and why it's still worth going because Mountain Jam is one of the best festivals to go to in the Northeast United States.

The Line Up

This year, despite there being no Government Mule, it's one of the best line ups Mountain Jam has seen in a very long time. Each day of the festival is filled with extreme talent from bands all across the country. It's impressive that Tom Petty & Steve Miller are headlining, but what's most impressive about the bill are some of the opening bands. Gary Clark JR is one of the best guitarists you could see in the music industry today, and he'll be jamming out at Mountain Jam this year. Michael Franti & Spearhead put on one of the best festival sets you can see every year at the Jam, and it's always good to see them back on the line up. There's also some new blood this year with artists who never been to the Jam who would be extremely good on the mountain including The Head & The Heart, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Revivalists and River Whyless. 

The Setting

Sure, you could have your Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo & Coachella. However, there isn't a festival in the world like Mountain Jam. It has one of the most beautiful backdrops you could see at any festival in the world-the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Each year, all the artists love to come back to Mountain Jam because of that reason alone. Hunter, NY is also a beautiful town to check out during the summer and is what you think of when you picture an Appalachian village. It's a beautiful thing to be on the slopes of Hunter Mountain looking down at the two main stages at the Jam with the Catskills as the back drop.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Hey music fans, I'm not sure if you noticed, but it's the 40th anniversary for Mr. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Surprisingly, they're of the few rock bands who still has their original line up since the beginning. And you know it's because of their 40th anniversary they will be playing ALL their hits this tour, especially at the jam. They might even play a certain album everyone all knows and love in it's entirety back to back, like the Allman Brothers Band did several years ago. Even if they don't, to see Tom Petty @ the Jam would be an incredible thing in itself. Even if you can't make it for all three days, it be worth to go Saturday when Tom Petty is playing!

Kick off to the Summer
Although Memorial Day weekend might be the kick off for the summer, for everyone else in the festival community in the North East, that reason is Mountain Jam. It's one hell of a kick off party to start your summer. Take my word for it, head to the Jam this year and experience of the best festivals for yourself and get ready to have a great summer afterwards!

Organized, Clean and Neat
In many aspects, Mountain Jam isn't like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. It's a very clean festival, but that's because they've been doing it for thirteen years now. The festival organizers know what their doing and what to expect annually. When a festival is new, there's always plenty of hiccups that might make festival goers frustrated. However at Mountain Jam, every knows what to do and where to go because even the people that go have been there many times. It's a family community that you don't see at some of the other big festivals.

Mountain Jam is June 16-18, 2017 at Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY.
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