November 9th, 2006
by Tony Kiss
Dave Matthews will make his first appearance in Asheville at this year’s all-star Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Dec. 16 at the Asheville Civic Center.
Also on the show: Marty Stuart, Robert Randolph, the New Orleans Social Club, The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic, and Haynes own blues-rock band Gov’t Mule and more.
Tickets, priced at $43.50 and service charges, first go on sale at 3 p.m. Monday to Haynes fans through the Web site www.xmasjam.com and then to the general public at 10 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Civic Center box office and through the Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 251-5505.
The Civic Center will seat 7,200 for the show, but don’t expect tickets to last long.
“I think this will be the quickest (sell-out) they’ve had,” said Marcia Hart, the Civic Center’s building administrator.
Rick Rice, afternoon DJ at Asheville's Rock 104 radio (WQNS/FM-104.9) described the lineup as "the most impressive to date. Dave Matthews is huge."
Haynes’ longtime friend Wes Wright sees the jam as “a tremendous gift back to the community. And it’s an opportunity for people to see some great entertainers who may not normally come to Asheville. It’s something that Asheville looks forward to in a greater way every year.”