Mountain Jam is excited to bring back a series of workshops taking place throughout the weekend! These workshops will feature various musicians, filmmakers, photographers, dancers and more who will all provide insight into their lives and work. Stop by to listen, participate, and enjoy!

Michael Franti

Yoga with Michael Franti

Presented by Live For Live Music

Wake up with some Sunday morning Yoga with Michael Franti, making his 11th consecutive appearance at Mountain Jam!

Let Us Play

‘Let Us Play’ Documentary Screening + Q&A with Lettuce & Director Jay Sansone

Presented by Live For Live Music

‘Let Us Play’ chronicles a 6 month period on the road and in the recording studio with the funk band, Lettuce. Breaking down the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry of making a modern funk record.

Directed by Jay Sansone, this experiment in rouge and guerrilla film making was shot with mostly a single camera on the road, in the studio, and between sessions.

This screening will be immediately followed by an open Q&A with Director Jay Sansone and members of Lettuce.


Chasing the Light: The Rock & Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg

A Slide show/Storytelling presentation about Jay’s 35 year journey in rock and roll photography – from documenting the Grateful Dead to his latest book Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender

Jay will be signing copies of his books immediately following the presentation.

Cannabis Seminar

Cannabis Seminars w/ Jason Pinsky

A History of Cannabis in America: Past, Present and Future

NYC pre-prohibition of Cannabis, The challenging landscape of New York’s current medical cannabis program and how 2016 is shaping up on a state by state and national level for legalization.

The Integration of Cannabis and Music Branding: From Sour Diesel to Snoop Dogg

The history of Sour Diesel and Discussion of major artists who are launching cannabis brands.

About Jason Pinsky

Jason Pinsky is the CEO of Cannastract, a New York based cannabis company that focuses on bringing “more science” to cannabis extracts and concentrates. Pinsky built his career in the music and technology space establishing his first company Haze City in 1998 where he worked and toured with many legends in the music space including Phish, Medeski Martin & Wood and Lettuce and in 2004 he was the technology director for the Bonnaroo music festival. In addition to music, technology and cannabis, Pinsky is also a partner at Fette Sau, Zagat rated #1 BBQ in NYC for the last 8 years. Pinsky also serves on the expert panel as a concentrate judge for the High Times Cannabis Cup and has been judging cups since the first Amsterdam cup in 1994.

Hula Hooping Workshop

Hula Hooping Workshops with Miss 360

All Levels Hula Hoop Workshop:

Learn how to hoop dance from hula hoop pros Miss 360 & Miss Fly Hips! From waist hooping to wedgies and inversions, this class will cover a broad spectrum of tricks and movements to challenge every skill level.
*Bringing a hoop or two is encouraged. There will be a limited amount of hoops available to borrow or purchase.


Come discover the fun of group choreography! By the end of this open level workshop you will have mastered a complete routine. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to appear in a video showcasing the routine. No dance experience required.

Bringing your own hoop is encouraged. A limited amount of hoops will be available to borrow or purchase.

Partner Hooping Workshop:

Two hoopers are better than one! Bring a friend or fly solo and we’ll pair you up. In this workshop you and your partner will master synchronized hooping and create beautiful geometric shapes.

Bringing two hoops is encouraged but not mandatory. There will be a limited amount of hoops available to borrow or purchase.

About Miss 360

Brianna Mae Clements (Miss 360) is a hula hoop artist, fire dancer, and festival fixture. The Hudson Valley native discovered hooping while attending Mountain Jam IV in 2010. She was enamoured. Since then, her love at first sight relationship with the hoop has matured into a deeply rooted passion and entertainment career that has taken her across the country. Miss 360 has performed for names like American Acrobats, Mac Cosmetics, Holland America, AMEX, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Saks 5th Avenue, and appeared in Vanity Fair Magazine. She also teaches hula hoop classes and private lessons for all ages in NYC, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. This will be Miss 360’s 6th year at Mountain Jam.

Jam With Rock Legends

Jam With Rock Legends of Tomorrow: Paul Green Rock Academy

The Paul Green Rock Academy is a performance based music school founded by School of Rock originator Paul Green and a bunch of his awesome friends. The Rock Academy proceeds from the belief that the best way to learn to play music is to play music and The Rock Academy Show Band, comprised of some of the best young musicians in the Hudson Valley, represents the proof of those beliefs. These fine young musicians come here not to participate in the novelty of kids playing music, but rather in the majesty of kids playing rock music well.

Heads Talk

Heads Talk: Jesse Jarnow & Buzz Poole

Readings & roundtable with authors Jesse Jarnow & Buzz Poole. Jesse Jarnow’s Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America (Da Capo, March 2016) tells the secret history of LSD and the Grateful Dead over the last half-century, fast-paced narrative non-fiction that draws together interlocking stories of chemists, musicians, hackers, tapers, graffiti artists, and more. He has written for Pitchfork,, Relix, and elsewhere and is the author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham, 2012). Buzz Poole’s Workingman’s Dead (Bloomsbury, April 2016) is the latest entry in the legendary 33 1/3 series, a meditation on the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album and its place in cultural history. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, the Village Voice, and more, and he is the author of Madonna of the Toast (Mark Batty, 2007) and other works.