Mountain Jam returning in 2023 to Bethel Woods, not Hunter Mountain
Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Mountain Jam music festival will return in the summer of 2023, but not at the festival's original location at Hunter Mountain. In a one-sentence update on the Mountain Jam website, festival organizers have announced the event will return to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, in 2023. The festival was founded in 2005, by Radio Woodstock President Gary Chetkof in partnership with Gov’t Mule singer and guitarist Warren Haynes. The event then ran for 14 consecutive years at Hunter Mountain. The 2018 festival, the last to be held in Hunter, was headlined by alternative country artist Sturgill Simpson, contemporary British rock act alt-J and Hawaiian folk singer Jack Johnson. The 2020 edition of the event was canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. After declining to present festivals in 2021 and 2022, Mountain Jam will now return during the summer of 2023. Hunter Town Supervisor Sean Mahoney said February 28, there is still uncertainty about holding q largescale gathering like Mountain Jam due to COVID. “Given the pandemic, we didn’t really know whether or not live events of that scale were going to come back in general,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that it’s not coming to Hunter, but that’s a Vail Resorts decision. ...” Vail Resorts is the owner of Hunter Mountain. Mahoney said, “Hunter Mountain was an amazing venue for Mountain Jam and Taste of Country. So we’re holding out hope for the future that events of that style and type come back to the area. The town of Hunter will be willing to support them anyway we can.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.