Storify: Dispatches from Christmas Jam

Early in the evening, Warren Haynes and local American Idol winner Caleb Johnson performed a duet of the song, "Soulshine." Photo by Jake Frankel

A Woodfin native, Grammy-winning rocker Warren Haynes returned home this weekend for the 26th annual Christmas Jam. Over the course of the 7-hour concert at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, Haynes was joined onstage by Jason Isbell, Billy Kreutzmann, Caleb Johnson, Jackie Green and many more acts.

There were a few missed notes along the way. Country star Vince Gill was forced to cancel his set due to the death of a bandmate. Sierra Nevada pulled its specially made Christmas Jam Session Ale from local shelves, reportedly due to an over-carbonation issue (although it was served safely on tap at the concert). And it was the first year in a long time the concert didn’t sell out the roughly 7,600 seat venue.

Nonetheless, the jam went on, and the proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Concert-goers posted photos and other dispatches from the Dec. 13 event via Twitter late into the night. Here’s a look at some of those posts via the Storify aggregator:

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