Mountain Jam 2016 Lineup Includes Train Performing ‘Led Zeppelin II,’ Bowie Tribute and More
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This year’s Mountain Jam will feature a whole lotta Led Zeppelin — and the former band members won’t even have to leave the house.
The festival’s 2016 lineup includes a tribute to the group’s classic Led Zeppelin II album, which will be performed in its entirety by Train. That set is scheduled to open the Mountain Jam Main Stage at 8PM on Thursday, June 2, part of a headlining bill that will also feature a performance by Umphrey’s McGee.
“Wanting to honor our favorite band, we decided to record our favorite Led Zeppelin record,” said the members of Train in a press release. “Being able to perform it live is the ultimate feeling for us as fans.”
As alluded to in the band statement, Train cut their own studio version of Led Zeppelin II, which they handed out for free to passengers after performing the complete album on their annual Sail Across the Sun cruise this year. The group hinted at a repeat performance in late February, spurring speculation that they were planning another Zeppelin-centric show.
Other highlights of this year’s Mountain Jam bill include a tribute to David Bowie by producer and multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento, which is also scheduled to take place on the opening night of the festival. Later in the weekend, attendees will be treated to appearances from Wilco, Gov’t Mule, Beck, Jason Isbell, Courtney Barnett, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Gary Clark, Jr., Brandi Carlile, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and many more.
Held at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills of New York, Mountain Jam was originally put together as a single-day event held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Woodstock Radio in 2005. Now celebrating its 12th annual appearance, Mountain Jam has grown into a four-day celebration, playing host to some of the biggest names in rock along the way. Previous performers include Robert Plant, Steve Winwood and the Allman Brothers Band, among many others.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Train play Led Zeppelin II
Marco Benevento & Superhuman Happiness: A Tribute to David Bowie
Donna the Buffalo
Jane Lee Hooker
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The New Mastersounds (late night)
Nahko and Medicine for the People
And the Kids
Marcus King Band
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Thievery Corporation (late night)
Gary Clark Jr.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
The Record Company
The Paul Green Rock Academy
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
The Avett Brothers
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The London Souls
The Ballroom Thieves With Maine Youth Rock Orchestra
The Paul Green Rock Academy
Bari Koral’s Yogarama
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