Jungle Jam will be back in Jacó on the southern Pacific coast in January for the fourth year in a row. Taking place Jan. 16-19, the intimate four-day festival will be headquartered again at Hotel DoceLunas, which is one-mile inland from downtown Jacó, secluded in five acres of jungle gardens.
Jam bands will play at DoceLunas as well as at various smaller venues around Jacó, creating plenty of opportunities to see and party with the musicians. Last year’s event combined talented artists with small crowds, creating a very friendly environment with plenty of space for dancing. According to event producer Eric Freitas, the 2013 event drew about 1,500 people.
The lineup of bands incorporates an array of genres and styles including roots reggae, funk, soul, hip hop, fusion, Americana, jam and electronic. Returning artists include Max Creek, Oteil Burbridge, The Ryan Montbleau Band, and Zach Deputy, who the Tico Times interviewed in 2013.
New bands in the 2014 lineup include Slightly Stoopid, G Love and friends, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Expendables, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Dopapod and Kung Fu.
Festival organizers are offering new types of ticket packages this year, making the festival accessible to a wider range of budgets. “We want all the fans to be able to afford to attend this paradise of grooves!” explains the website. One of the new options is an early bird $199 six-day camping package, which includes free showers, potable water, access to nearby food vendors, admission to the concert, and access to the VIP area.
Campgrounds are located on the DoceLunas property.
There are other ticket options like a $50 day pass, camping with ground transportation, VIP hotels and condo packages, as well as organized group day trips. There is no discount for Costa Rican residents. However, there are two giveaways currently taking place, so maybe you can win your way in to the Jacó Jungle Jam.
For more information, see the Jungle Jam website: http://www.junglejam.com/