Asheville: We need to know by December 8th how many people are interested in order to plan our logistics and such.
Every year for the past 20 years in December, Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule (as well as The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead) comes back to his beloved hometown of Asheville, NC to jam with several of his closest friends in the music business. This highly anticipated event, called Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, occurs at the Asheville Civic Center. These hand chosen performers donate their time and talent to a cause very dear to Warren, Habitat for Humanity. He donates all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Past performers have included such giants in the music business as The Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Edwin McCain, The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Jackson Browne, Peter Frampton and many others too numerous to list. This year the festivities will be headlined by the Counting Crows and Ani DiFranco. Along with the other performers (the list can be found at http://www.xmasjam.com/ and more performers are being added), this year’s Jam should not be missed.
Featured for the first time this year is a group a little different from the musical performers, but just as important. They are MASH PIT. This non-profit organization is a mobile medical group who provides non-judgmental emergency medical treatment to fans, crew and artists in need. Comprised of 6 of the medical industry’s leading emergency care providers, they survive on the kindness of local volunteers (EMTs, RNs, Paramedics, MDs) who wish to help others while enjoying a memorable musical experience. Their love of music combined with their determination to help those in need, create a healing and educational environment for those who find themselves in need of acute care. MASH PIT recognizes that injury and illness happen, even amongst fans seeking to enjoy a musical event. They strive to evaluate and treat you on-site in the hopes of getting you back to your family and friends to enjoy the rest of the event. If a fan is too sick or injured, they coordinate with the local EMS resources and get them to the hospital for a higher level of care. Either way, they are watching and roving and making sure that all are safe and having fun. Some call the MASH PIT team ambassadors of good will and compared them to the Peace Patrol at Woodstock.
Calling all volunteers! Be a part of the team. MASH PIT is shouting out to all available medical people who would be interested in volunteering. Check out their website at www.mash-pit.org/volunteers and sign up using the on-line form. You may also contact the office at 202-596-8918 and provide your information to one of our MASH PIT staff members. This year’s Christmas Jam occurs on December 12, 2009. Orientation will be held on Friday, December 11th at the Convention Center. Deadline for registration is December 8th. With your service comes a limited edition t-shirt, an identifying lanyard, other great perks and the opportunity to enjoy a show while helping others in need. What more could you ask for?