Do musicians ever play on land anymore? In addition to the ever popular Rock Boat and Jam Cruise series, we must add the Blues Cruise. In its fourth year, this year’s cruise finds its groove on January 22, 2005 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida destined for the Eastern Caribbean (Grnad Turk, Caicos, Tortola, St. Maarten).
The five star Holland America Zuiderdam will cruise for seven days, hosting intimate and electrifying performances by some of the world’s best rhythm and blues talent, with over 60 performances by sixteen acts.
Cruisers will bathe in the thick blue rhythms of Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland, Phantom Blues Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Kenny Neal Band, Chubby Carrier, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Corey Harris and Zac Harmon.
Blues cruisers will rub elbows with the stars by participating in artist workshops and autograph sessions. Regular Blues Cruise headliner Taj Mahal exclaims, “It’s a blues festival where everyone has a backstage pass!”