Ivan Neville’s solo piano sets in the luxurious Atrium room on Jam Cruise have come to be a highly anticipated staple of the sea-bound fest. With just about every influential funk artist on the lineup, fans aboard the boat are constantly treated to once in a lifetime sit-ins and collaborations, but there’s something particularly special about the Dumpstaphunk piano man’s deeply soulful playing and singing that nearly brings everyone to tears.
The Sunday evening set closed with a heartfelt cover of Don Henley’s (Eagles) “The Boys of Summer” featuring a sit-in from Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), followed by a truly spectacular rendition of “Joy Inside My Tears”. The Stevie Wonder classic welcomed an all-star lineup including Trombone Shorty, Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, Nick Daniels (Dumpstaphunk), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), and more.
Watch videos from both memorable performances below.
“Joy Inside My Tears”:
“The Boys of Summer”: