Jam Cruise will offer all your typical sea-vacation attractions: all-you-can-eat fine
dining, casinos and other fun activities, spa facilities and pampering service, and
opportunities to explore new places (this cruise will dock at some of the most beautiful
beaches in the Bahamas and Key West).
But Jam Cruise ditches the typical background boat entertainment, opting instead to make
music the focus. Jam Cruise 2004 has confirmed some of today's favorite modern pioneers of
improvisational music to perform on three different stages: an outdoor stage on the boat's
top deck, an indoor theater, and an intimate nightclub. Jam Cruise passengers can choose
to enjoy any or all of more than 22 concerts, plus all-night jam sessions between the
stars on board. The show admission is included in the cabin price. Musical acts confirmed
thus far include: Galactic, Keller Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Peter Rowan's
Reggaeabilly, Billy Nershi (of The String Cheese Incident) and Liza, Karl Denson's Tiny
Universe, Jerry Joseph, The Disco Biscuits, MOFRO, Particle, Umphrey's McGee, Supreme
Beings of Leisure (DJ set), and DJ Z-Trip. Additional acts will be announced soon.
Jam Cruise is a modern offspring of a long tradition of camping music festivals, a
tradition that began during the ‘60s with bands like the Grateful Dead and events like
Woodstock. The concept was to spend time with friends and build community through music.
Over the past decade, this underground movement has enjoyed a revival, amassing a broad
variety of musical talent and a loyal following of adventurous music lovers. Such
qualities have allowed the scene’s bands and promoters to be increasingly innovative in
the events that they organize.
“Jam Cruise is a concept that we have been nurturing for quite some time, and we couldn’t
be more excited to finally execute our ideas,” says promoter Josh Moore of Athens-based
Jomo Entertainment, who is organizing the event with partner Mark Brown of Brown Coffee
Productions in Delray Beach, Florida. To make sure that the inaugural Jam Cruise is a
premium experience for everyone involved, Moore and Brown have also brought Roger Naber to
consult. Naber is the producer and mastermind behind the highly successful Legendary Blues
Cruises, a similarly music oriented cruise catered to a different clientele. “In many
ways, the jamband scene has mastered the art of organizing a festival,” Moore continues.
“So what’s next? The bands and fans are waiting to be even more inspired than their last
adventure. They want the ultimate musical experience in a magical location. That’s what
Jam Cruise offers.”
Music-travel experts Madison House Travel will be coordinating cruise accommodations for
the event, as well as any flight and lodging needs passengers might have. Madison House
Travel, owned in part by the popular improvisational band The String Cheese Incident, was
started four years ago in anticipation of precisely this kind of music-travel trend.
Jam Cruise 2004 will accommodate just under 800 passengers. Cabin prices range from
$500.00 to $1025.00 per person, plus port charges, service fees and gratuities. Madison
House Travel will begin taking Jam Cruise 2004 reservations on May 20, 2003. Please call
303.544.1909 or visit www.madisonhousetravel.com.