Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam to go on as scheduled, despite snow

Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam will go on as scheduled, despite the snow, Warren Haynes said Thursday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam will go on as scheduled, despite the snow, Warren Haynes said Thursday.

"He would drive through a blizzard to see Warren Haynes,” Kathy Rhodes, of Lumberton, N.C., said of her husband.

Dusty and Kathy Rhodes drove almost four and a half hours to Asheville to see Haynes at the annual charity event.

"How many have you been to?” Kathy asked her husband.

“Over 16,” Dusty replied.

Lucky for the Rhodeses Haynes said, as of Thursday, they could count on the charity event happening.

"What I know, as of now, is the concert will go on,” Haynes said. “We have no plans to cancel. They're going to, at some point, announce to make sure everybody is cautious about leaving, when the show is over, and we're going to keep our fingers crossed and hope that plan remains intact."

Downtown Asheville business owner Tressa Thornton hoped so, as well.

"We all benefit from it every year, because of the after flow, you know, when it's over," Thornton said.

Thornton planned to open Tressa's, her jazz and blues club.

"I got great musicians coming in," Thornton said. "I've got some hot apple cider and we're going to spike it with something good, and I'm just thinking what kind of great drinks would be fun."

For staff at Wasabi Japanese Restaurant, across the street, manager Mary Yound said they may open, they may not — it was just watch and wait as of Thursday.

"We will see, but if it's going to be really bad, then, you know, there's no point that we're going to be open and, you know, for the safety of our employees,” Yound said. “So, we're definitely going to consider our staff and stuff."

Restaurant and bar staff downtown suggested calling ahead before heading to a business.

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