Ever since catapulting onto the live music scene as a teenager, Marcus King has been able to find comfort in almost any situation. The Greenville, SC-bred bluesboy-turned-bluesman has staged everything from hair-raising shredfests with Mastodon’s Brent Hinds to a loving recreation of The Band’s The Last Waltz, and that was just during the course of his Four Of A Kind pandemic streaming series.
Today, March 11th, King celebrates his 26th birthday, and we’re looking back on his star-studded superjam onboard Jam Cruise 18.
As King told Live For Live Music in an interview ahead of his Jam Cruise blowout, “I got big plans for that, man! It’s going to be ‘Disco Night.’ It’s me and Nigel Hall, he helped me out, he’s a big fan of, like, good disco, just like I am. It’s just R&B music with a little extra funk. Nigel is going to be a part of it with me. The rest of the musicians I’m gonna keep under my hat as a surprise for everybody. But it’s going to be the good stuff from the disco years. I’m really encouraging people to dress up. I might dress up. Bring your bell bottoms, bring your polyester shirts, your medallions. Let’s get weird.”
The performance in the ship’s Pantheon Theater treated fans in the room to a rotating cast of artists that included (get ready) Kevin Scott, Ivan Neville, Danny Mayer, Devin Trusclair, Dean Mitchell, Turkuaz horns, Dumpstaphunk horns, Stanton Moore, Adam Deitch, Cris Jacobs, Robert “Sput” Searight, Luther Dickinson, Tony Hall, Dominique Xavier Taplin, Karina Rykman, Nicki Bluhm, Nikki Glaspie, Roosevelt Collier, Eric Benny Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, Alfreda Gerald, and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph.
Together, King led the rotating cast of players through performances of a string of Disco-era classics like “Skin Tight”, “Boogie Nights”, and “Pick Up The Pieces”, along with more covers of Isley Brothers‘ “Work to Do”, Kool and the Gang‘s “Freaky Deak”, and wrapped the set with Tower of Power‘s “What Is Hip?”
Relive the all-star Marcus King-led super-jam from Jam Cruise 18 via the audio player below.
Marcus King Super-Jam – Jam Cruise 18 – 1/11/20
[Audio: Bryan Belay]