A few weeks ago, Jam Cruise made serious waves in the jam community when the beloved musical cruise and destination event announced that it would be expanding to six days and three port stops. Jam Cruise 17 will take place from January 15th to 21st in 2019, returning to the Norwegian Jade for stops in Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
Today, the event has finally dropped its highly anticipated Jam Cruise 17 lineup, which is headed by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, and Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock. Known for their diverse and all-star lineup all around, Jam Cruise 17 will also see performances by Leftover Salmon, The Motet, ALO, Turkuaz, Spafford, Fruition, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Nth Power, SunSquabi, The Porter Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Monophonics, Southern Avenue, Jon Stickley Trio, Magicgravy, Star Kitchen, The Sweet Lillies, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, DJ Soul Sister, and Subset.
Given the event’s focus on jams, the cruise will be hosting a number of special all-star supergroups, including Dragon Smoke, a band featuring Ivan Neville, Robert Mercurio, Eric Lindell, and Stanton Moore, as well as The Cleaners, a group featuring Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, Kevin Scott, and Deshawn Alexander. Special guests, who will be offering their talents in the form of frequent sit-ins and hosting special jam sessions, include Skerik, Big Sam, Roosevelt Collier, Daniel Rodriguez, Leslie Mendelson, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. For booking and more information, head to JamCruise.com.
For those wanting to celebrate the announcement, fans in New Orleans for Jazz Fest can preview The Cleaners during tonight’s official Jam Cruise Lineup Announcement Party at The Howlin’ Wolf, which will see The Cleaners’ Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, and Deshawn Alexander, plus Dave Schools, come together as the Daze Between Band. For more information and tickets, head here.