According to a not-so-subtle hint posted to social media by Mountain Jam yesterday, fans of the jams are going to be pleased with the lineup for the 15th annual edition of the event in 2019. “We like our PB&J with lots of Jam. How ’bout you?” the post asks, along with the hashtag “#backtothejam”.Mountain Jam was founded by Warren Haynes, Gary Chetkof, and members of WDST/Radio Woodstock in 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the local rock radio station. Named after the beloved Allman Brothers Band song, it began as a one-day event centered around jam-oriented music and continued that way for many years, hosting acts like Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Benevento/Russo Duo, Mike Gordon, Phil Lesh & Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, RatDog, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, the Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Les Claypool, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, and more. Co-founder Warren Haynes played the festival every year from its inception through 2016.In recent years, the look—and, more importantly, sound—of the festival’s lineup has changed considerably, shifting toward more mainstream, radio-friendly rock acts. In 2017, the first year without Warren on hand, the Mountain Jam lineup was led by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Peter Frampton, and Steve Miller Band, to name a few. The 2018 lineup, led by Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and Alt-J, marked the festival’s biggest departure yet from its jam roots.Many of Mountain Jam’s most loyal fans have been disheartened by its shift toward the mainstream in recent years, lamenting the fact that the beloved event had departed from its jam-centric roots as it tried to remain viable in the ever-changing festival climate. However, from this new hint, we can assume that the festival has heard the cries of its loyal fans. Mountain Jam is going #backtothejam in 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited.Who do you want to see play the 15th annual Mountain Jam in 2019? For more information on Mountain Jam, head to the festival website.
Oct 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women and children younger than 3 in California will soon no longer receive vaccines containing more than a trace of mercury, under a law approved this week.Vaccines for those groups will contain no more than a trace of thimerosal (termed thimerosal-free in the industry)—a preservative in some vaccines that contains ethyl mercury. The law takes effect in July 2006, according to news services.Parent-led activist groups attribute increased rates of autism and other neurological disorders in children to mercury, although scientific studies have failed to confirm any clear link.California becomes the second state, after Iowa, to ban the agent in vaccines.In signing the bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I believe that an abundance of caution merits the acceleration of the process already under way to remove thimerosal from the last few vaccines that contain it,” according to a Los Angeles Times story.The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said, “Any time we can reduce public exposure to mercury or any other neurotoxin and there is an alternative readily available, we should be promoting the alternative.”Vaccine producers have voluntarily reduced thimerosal levels in vaccines, except for Aventis Pasteur, sole supplier for flu inoculations for children younger than 2, the Times story said. The company was the only vaccine manufacturer to openly oppose the bill. The agent is used to control bacteria and fungi in multiple-dose vials, the usual and most cost-efficient vehicle for distribution of flu vaccine.An Aventis statement expressed disappointment over the law and concern that it might discourage people from getting flu shots for kids. A UPI story from Aug 27, right after the California Senate passed the bill, said Aventis saw the bill “as unnecessarily frightening at a time when the industry is not yet equipped to satisfy demand without using thimerosal.”The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service joined in calling for removal of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines about 5 years ago. By 2001, all the vaccines recommended at that time for children under age 7 were available without thimerosal or with only trace amounts.But this year, in recommending for the first time that 6- to 23-month-old children routinely get flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May did not go on record in favor of a thimerosal-free formulation of the vaccine.The CDC’s position is that the risk of flu complications far outweighs the risk from thimerosal in the vaccine.See also:May 6, 2004 CIDRAP News story “CDC neutral on thimerosal in flu vaccine for toddlers”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/may0604thimerosal.html