Jam Cruise, the beloved musical cruise and destination event, will return back to its five-day format with two port stops in 2019. Jam Cruise 18 will take place from January 7th-12th, 2020, returning to the MSC Divina for stops in Ocean Cays, Bahamas and Costa Maya, Mexico.
One of the many highlights of Jam Cruise is the expansive offering of musical supergroups that rarely perform elsewhere. One of those groups is Dragon Smoke, the Jazz Fest-born supergroup comprised of New Orleans heavy-hitters Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, and Eric Lindell. In January 2019, Dragon Smoke took over the Pool Deck to take Jam Cruise day 3 into the midnight hour. A rare appearance for the all-star crew outside of Jazz Fest, the quartet welcomed a plethora of guests including Big Sam, Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marcus King, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.
This week, Jam Cruise shared pro-shot footage of Dragon Smoke working through a scorching rendition of “Yes We Can Can”, a classic R&B tune written by Allen Toussaint and initially recorded by the Pointer Sisters. Check out Jam Cruise’s latest release from their video vault rollout below:
Dragon Smoke – “Yes We Can Can” – Jam Cruise 17
[Video: Jam Cruise]
Earlier this month, the event finally dropped its highly anticipated Jam Cruise 18 lineup, which is headed by The Claypool Lennon Delirium, moe., Galactic, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Known for their diverse and all-star lineup all around, Jam Cruise 18 will also see performances by Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz, Lettuce, Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Garage a Trois, Dumpstaphunk, Tank and the Bangas, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Keller Williams Solo Set, Electron, Ghost Light, Mihali, The Soul Rebels, Cory Wong, Samantha Fish, Circles Around the Sun, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress (ft. George Porter Jr.), Too Many Zooz, Grateful Shred, Chali 2na & Cut Chemist, Ghost-Note, Cris Jacobs Band, Kitchen Dwellers, Spaga, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Thumpasaurus, Love Canon, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, Marcus King Super Jam, DJ Brownie, and Maddy O’Neal.
An eclectic group of solo musicians and special guests will also board the MSC Divina come next January, including Charlie Hunter, Ryan Montbleau, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Tom Hamilton, Steve Poltz, Holly Bowling, Cris Jacobs, Brock Butler, Walter Wolfman Washington, George Porter Jr., Karina Rykman, Casey Benjamin, Alfreda Gerald, and Roosevelt Collier.
Masters Camp At Sea classes are also available as an add-on program. This extraordinary program is designed for musicians and non-musicians alike, featuring intimate performances, master classes, and artist-hosted jam sessions with Luther Dickinson, Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie, Garrett Sayers, George Porter Jr., Charlie Hunter, Ivan Neville, Robert Walter, and Nigel Hall.
Head to Jam Cruise’s website for more information.