Lumineers, Avett Brothers rocking out at Mountain Jam music festival

The Lumineers will be among some 50 bands

The Lumineers will be among some 50 bands performing at the ninth annual Mountain Jam Festival this weekend. (Credit: AP)

The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Primus and Widespread Panic are among some 50 bands heading to Hunter Mountain's four stages for the ninth annual Mountain Jam music festival, to be held today through Sunday.

The festival, held in Palenville, Greene County, launched in 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Radio Woodstock company. Each year the fest hosts thousands of music fans, many of whom camp or stay in condominiums onsite.

Gary Chetkof, Mountain Jam's founder and promoter, said last year's festival attracted about 12,000 fans. He's expecting an attendance of about 15,000 this time.

"In past years, we really just had two headliners: Gov't Mule headlined two nights, and then we had a Sunday headliner [Steve Winwood]," Chetkof told Newsday Westchester. "This year, we really have four headliners. We have Primus [on Thursday] night, Widespread Panic [on Friday] night, Gov't Mule [on Saturday] night, and Phil Lesh and Friends [on Sunday] night."

And those groups don't even include the wildly popular acts The Avett Brothers ("I and Love and You") and The Lumineers ("Ho Hey"), who play the festival on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

Last year's festival featured an all-star musical tribute to the late Woodstock rocker Levon Helm, best known for his work with The Band. Dying after a decade-long battle with cancer at age 71, Helm was a regular at the fest, even celebrating his 70th birthday there in 2010. His daughter, Amy Helm, who was part of last year's tribute, will perform a set of her own on Saturday.

"Overall, the talent lineup this year is the strongest we've ever had," Chetkof said.

IF YOU GO

What: Mountain Jam music festival

When: Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9

Tickets: Remaining daily passes start at $49; remaining three-day passes start at $232; remaining four-day passes start at $257; VIP passes are sold out

Info: Hunter Mountain, Route 23A and Route 32A, Palenville; 800-486-8376; www.mountainjam.com; www.huntermtn.com

TOP 10 ACTS

Here is a list of 10 of the top performances scheduled to play this weekend's Mountain Jam music festival, in chronological order of their performance times. For the complete schedule, visit www.mountainjam.com.

Who: Primus
Genre: Rock
When: 10 p.m.-midnight, Thursday, June 6
Where: East Stage

Who: The Avett Brothers
Genre: Folk rock/indie
When: 5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Friday, June 7
Where: East Stage

Who: Widespread Panic
Genre: Rock
When: 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, June 7
Where: East Stage

Who: Amy Helm
Genre: Rock
When: 2:15-3:15 p.m., Saturday, June 8
Where: West Stage

Who: Michael Franti & Spearhead
Genre: Rock
When: 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, June 8
Where: East Stage

Who: Gary Clark Jr.
Genre: Rock/blues
When: 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8
Where: West Stage

Who: The Lumineers
Genre: Rock
When: 6:45 p.m.-8:15, Saturday, June 8
Where: East Stage

Who: Gov't Mule
Genre: Classic rock
When: 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Saturday, June 8
Where: East Stage

Who: Dispatch
Genre: Indie/roots
When: 3-4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 9
Where: East Stage

Who: Phil Lesh and Friends
Genre: Rock
When: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, June 9
Where: East Stage

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