This afternoon the lineup for Jam Cruise 12 came out and it’s a doozy. Jam Cruise 12 will set sail from Miami aboard the MSC Divinia (a new ship and a new port) on January 4th and will probably host performances by about 40 acts by the time it’s all said and done on January 9th. There will be a slew of HT faves aboard the boat this year including Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Eric Krasno, Brock Butler, Nathan Moore and The New Mastersounds.
Jam Cruise is a music festival like no other. From the time you board the boat until the time you leave, you’re visiting a utopian environment with thousands of like-minded music fans. Each year for the last four trips, I’ve left the boat thinking “this is what life is supposed to be about.” There’s opportunities to hang with the musicians in a relaxed environment, tons of music-related activies and plenty of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. While the trip is stacked with scheduled performances, for me it’s been all about the sets you don’t see on the schedule. Whether it’s Nathan Moore holding down “The Spot” or the incredible “Jam Room” or Brock Butler’s sunrise solo acoustic sets; there’s magic happening around every corner.
Here’s a look at the initial Jam Cruise 12 artist announcement…
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Thievery Corporation, Galactic, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, George Porter Jr., The New Mastersounds, The Revivalists, Anders Osborne, Rob Garza (Solo DJ Sets), Conspirator, Gigantic Underground Conspiracy, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lotus, The Wailers, Keller Williams, Keller and the Kimocks, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, DJ Logic and John Popper, The Infamous Stringdusters, ALO, MarchForth Marching Band, Orgone, Pork Tornado, Bonerama, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Monophonics, Mike Dillon Band, Eric Krasno Band, Everyone Orchestra, Alan Evans Super Jam, DJ Logic, Stanley Jordan, Nathan Moore, Brock Butler, Cyril Neville, Bill Evans, Oteil Burbridge, Will Bernard, Alecia Chakour, Skerik,
Master Class At Sea: Col. Bruce, Kofi Burbridge, Butch Trucks, Victor Wooten, Luther and Cody Dickinson
Of note, Galactic will still remain the only full band to perform on each and every Jam Cruise. Over the years certain musicians have become part of the JC Family, earning invites to each forthcoming trip. Brock Butler, Nathan Moore and Skerik are among the bands that have performed on Jam Cruise numerous times in the past. There’s also a bunch of new-to-Jam Cruise acts such as Thievery Corporation, Jon Fishman and Pork Tornado as well as Infamous Stringdusters. In addition there will be a surprise show on a private island.
There will also be a series of Master Classes featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, bassist Victor Wooten, multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge and Luther and Cody Dickinson.
For booking information and for pricing details, head over to JamCruise.com.