For the fourth year in a row Virginia-bred singer-songwriter Nathan Moore set sail
aboard Jam Cruise, where his task
was not only to play a set on the Magic Hat Stage but to hold down an area of the MSC
Divina dubbed "The Spot" from 1 a.m. until the sun came up.
Moore's "Spot" developed organically on Jam Cruise 9, when he started playing acoustic
songs just outside of the Jam Room on one of the boat's side decks. The ship's more song-
based musicians would drop by "The Spot" to sing and be merry with Moore and his sidekick
Bryan Elijah Smith. Many cruisers appreciated the respite from the high-impact funk found
on the boat and would stop by to take a breather of sorts. "The Spot" has become more
popular with each passing cruise as more cruisers and musicians have sought out the
Jam Cruise 12 went down on a different boat than the past cruises Moore took part in, but
after using the first night for "recon missions" to find the best place to hold "The Spot"
Nathan spent the remaining nights of the trip performing for cruisers along with upright
bassist Lex Park, multi-instrumentalist Ethan Hawkins, fiddle player Jay Austin and
guitarist Bryan Elijah Smith. Guests during the trip to stop by "The Spot" included Steve
Kimock, Zach Deputy, Allie Kral, Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass and
members of the Infamous Stringdusters. Each evening around 1 a.m. Moore and his mates
would set up at "The Spot" and would perform well past sunrise.
Moore kept a camera on hand to record not only some of the action at "The Spot," but his
experience on the ship in general. Enjoy his fantastic six-minute montage:
[Published on: 1/14/14]