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Workshops In Healey Brothers Hall

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

Stay tuned for workshop offerings for Mountain Jam 2015! Here is a list of workshops that were offered in 2014:


Acoustic Jam with Michael Franti


Making his 9th consecutive appearance at Mountain Jam in 2014, Michael Franti will perform a very special acoustic set inside Healey Brothers Hall!

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The New Breed of American Songwriter: Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Valerie June, Connor Kennedy


Where does songwriting inspiration come from in the digital age? How do you mix modern topics with an old sound? Join Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper), Valerie June, and Connor Kennedy as we explore these questions and more. The artists will field your questions and perform some of their favorite American tunes.

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Please Be With Me: Reading & Discussion with Galadrielle Allman, daughter of Duane Allman


Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, Please Be With Me (Spiegel & Grau hardcover, 2014) is a revelatory meditation on the impact of her father, the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Not only is this THE definitive biography, with never-before-seen stories, photos, and primary source interviews, it is also a touching and beautifully written story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.


The Ins and Outs of Afrobeat with Miles Arntzen (Antibalas / EMEFE)


Antibalas' young drummer and conductor leads a group through the inner workings of afrobeat music as created by Fela Kuti, utilizing members of Mountain Jam performers ANTIBALAS and Miles' group EMEFE. Miles will illuminate what makes an afrobeat song tick, highlighting the formulas at work that propel the music forward and make us dance the night away. Miles will also explain the role of the drummer in afrobeat music (and music in general) and the role that drums play in leading a band. There may even be an afrobeat jam at the end... so come ready to participate!

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Why the Allman Brothers are the greatest American rock band


A conversation with ABB biographer Alan Paul, author of the best selling One Way Out: Inside the History of the Allman Brothers Band.

Alan Paul, a senior writer for Guitar World magazine, has covered the Allman Brothers for 25 years, conducting hundreds of interviews and attaining an unprecedented level of access and information. His best-selling oral history One Way Out: Inside the History of the Allman Brothers Band is the definitive book on the band.

Paul will be in conversation with Kirk West, the band’s legendary Tour Mystic and photographer, who was the photo editor of One Way Out, which includes 150 images, most of them never-before-seen. Paul and West will offer up deep insights into the Allman Brothers Band and what has made them one of American rock’s greatest, most enduring institutions.


What a Long Strange Trip It's Been - The Rock and Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg - 1978-2014


This brief 30 minute presentation will have Jay discussing his journey as a Music Photographer starting as a young Teenager in the 1970's, up thru today where his work is seen in national Magazines, on CD Packages, and of course on-line.

Jay will speak for 15-20 minutes and the remaining time will be open for Questions from the audience on any photography topic.


“You just keep turning while I’m playin’ in the band” Hooping to the Jam Workshop


Come groove with the ultimate dance partner: a Hula Hoop! This workshop will explore multiple elements of hoop dance, mostly focusing on using the beat of the music to surrender to the flow. We will introduce the fundamental concepts, such as waist hooping, hand hooping, and the “vortex”, and how to use the music and rhythm to connect each of these tricks. We will also introduce fun ways to “pick up” the hoop. This workshop is open to hoopers of all experience levels, and kids are strongly encouraged.

The workshop will end with an open jam where you can practice all the moves you learned, and get an opportunity to freestyle with the music. All hoops will be provided to borrow, with the option of purchasing one after the workshop. We also encourage you to bring your own hoop if you have one.

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The Fountain Of Youth: An in-depth discussion with Mountain Jam Visual Artist Jack Laroux


Jack Laroux, a New York City based artist with a secondary studio based in the Catskill mountains, will navigate the attendees through his original painting entitled,“ The Fountain of Youth “. He looks forward to discussing his progressive art making process and career in a relaxed open forum setting. Jack will share his inspiration for the central concept and imagery revolving around the legendary tales of the fountain of eternal youth, space and time. He will explain his signature style utilizing a layering technique of spray paint, oil and acrylic and the tedious one month process to create the original artwork for the Mountain Jam.

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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.


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