I wonder if the Dead had any idea what they were starting when they created an alternative world that professionals, politicians and other generally upright types could escape to periodically without much fear of recrimination. The Deadhead sticker on the Cadillac doesn't draw a second thought these days.
Carrying on that tradition of gentile temporary bohemia is Jam Cruise, soon to be bookng its third incarnation:
- THE JAM BAND GENRE'S ORIGINAL FESTIVAL CRUISE WILL SET SAIL ON JANUARY 6, 2005. TICKETS ON SALE ON WEDNESDAY MAY 19 AT 11:00 am MST.
Jam Cruise 1 and 2 were crowning achievements within the changing face of music festivals and cruise travel. Now, the original Jam Cruise announces Jam Cruise 3, leaving port in Jacksonville, Florida on January 6, 2005 for 4 days aboard Carnival Cruiselines' Celebration.
Jam Cruise 3 will stop in Freeport, Bahamas and, fulfilling a popular request on a questionnaire filled out by last year's cruisers, will offer passengers two full days at sea. The Celebration accommodates 1500 passengers (double the size of the Regal Empress cruise liner used for 1 and 2), and boasts such luxury amenities as 3 pools, nine passenger decks, ten lounges, a twenty-four-hour pizza bar and dinnertime sushi bar, a health spa, and large and comfortable lodging facilities. The fans spoke up and Jam Cruise organizers have listened.
Jam Cruise 3 will host over thirty music performances, featuring fifteen bands from one of today's most thriving music communities - that of improvisational music. The current line up includes Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Col Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit (1st show in 10 years!), Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Umphrey's McGee, MOFRO, Benevento/Russo Duo, DJ Logic , with more artists to be announced soon. In addition to incredible performances by many of the genre's most celebrated musical pioneers, the Jam Cruise experience promises once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations and opportunities for hang time with the musicians who are so often inaccessible backstage.