Since I was the first to break the news of JamCruise to the general public, in an interview with Josh Moore (found here), I figured I should be the one to write a preview for it. So, I headed on downtown to see if I could get some quotes from Athens’ very own music promoter. Josh didn’t want to talk about JamCruise, he had more exciting news.

So, it’s left up to me to tell you about the first jam festival at sea. I am the one who shall tell you how it takes off from Ft. Lauderdale and over a five day (January 6th-10th 2004) stretch lands in Key West, Nassau, Bahamas, and makes it’s way back. It’s up to me to tell you that Keller Williams, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Peter Rowans Reggaebilly, Umphrey's McGee, Particle, The Disco Biscuits, Tishamingo, Ming & FS, Jerry Joseph, Bill Nershi and Lisa Oxnard, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, DJ Z-Trip will all be freaking their funk for all the freaks for five full days. The music will take place at various stages within the cruise ship, (including disco party below), and some on land at the three tropical locations the boat will dock.

JamCruise radio will be pumping the boats airwaves in the spare time that the various talented performers will not be performing (and maybe it will broadcast those performances as well- Who knows? Shoot I don’t know everything, almost everything, but not everything.)

The bad news: JamCruise sold out in 45 minutes. And now for the good news- the same exciting news I said that Josh was telling me earlier. And here it is, from Josh Moore: "We are pleased to announce JamCruise II (January 10th-14th) riding the same journey as the first one, but with a different lineup. This line-up includes Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Col. Bruce Hampton, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Disco Biscuits, Galactic, Donna the Buffalo, Hackensaw Boys, Michael Franti & Spearhead, RAQ, and many more."

"The folks that already have tickets to the first, will be given the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the second JamCruise, with a discount. Then, if there are any spots left, the people that are on the waiting list will be given a chance to purchase their tickets. If there are still any tickets left after that, they will go on sale to the public."

So there you have it, another breaking story out of Athens, from the striking beauty Mad Mode.

Madeline Modeliste
JamBase | Athens
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[Published on: 7/14/03]

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