John Popper, Allman Brothers To Play Christmas Jam

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, the Allman Brothers Band and other improvisational-rock luminaries will celebrate Christmas together this year by doing what they do best: jamming all night long.

Those acts will be among the headliners at the 12th annual Christmas Jam, to be held December 21 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, according to organizers.

Former Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, who left the band to found the power trio Gov't Mule, puts the concert together each year. Gov't Mule bassist and former Allman Brothers member Allen Woody died in September, leaving the band's future uncertain.

"It started out as a chance for all of the local musicians to play together, the one time of year when everyone was around,'' Haynes said in a written statement. "Each year, more national acts get involved. Everyone is there for the right reasons — to play good music and to spread good vibes.''

This year's show will also include singer/songwriter Edwin McCain, blues veteran Little Milton and roots-rockers Bottle Rockets, as well as a reunion of the original members of cult jam-band Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit.

Wintertime Blues — The Benefit Concert, a double-CD set documenting last year's show, which featured many of the same artists, was released Tuesday (December 5). Proceeds from the concert and the CD will benefit the housing charity Habitat for Humanity.