"A Mecca to which every blues fan must make a pilgrimage at least once." -Blues Revue

The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is recognized as one of the top blues festivals on the planet. It is also the world's only chartered blues cruise.

In its fourth year, this year's cruise hits the high seas on January 22, 2005 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida destined for the Eastern Caribbean. The five star Holland America Zuiderdam boat will sail for seven days all the while hosting intimate and electrifying performances by the world's best rhythm and blues talent: over 60 live performances by sixteen acts! Cruisers have the option to temporarily get their feet back on the ground by indulging in the attractions and beaches in Grand Turk, Tortola and St. Maarten.

Cruisers will bask to the perpetual rhythms of Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland, Phantom Blues Band, Derek Trucks Band, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Kenny Neal Band, Chubby Carrier, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Corey Harris and Zac Harmon.

Plus, nine special guests are confirmed to be on board, including Tito Jackson, guitarist of the Jackson 5. Tito, who learned blues guitar from his father and uncle in Gary, Indiana before the J-5 pop explosion, has returned to his blues roots and will celebrate the release of a blues-inspired album in February 2005. Tito Jackson will sit in on a Blues Guitar Hero workshop and sit in with other musicians who have similar influences.

Cruisers will witness many such rare combinations of talent sharing the same stage, and rub elbows with the stars by participating in artist workshops and autograph sessions. Regular Blues Cruise headliner Taj Mahal exclaims, "It's a Blues Festival where everyone has a Backstage Pass!"

The testimonials are abundant: "Life-changing." "Magical." "The time of my life."

An ever-growing family of dedicated fans are counting the days, hours, and minutes until the LRBC sets sail each year. The cruise's menu of daily themes, contests, no-holds barred fun and sense of community are what really keep this ship afloat. For more information visit www.BluesCruise.com or call 1-888-BLUESIN (258-3746).

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[Published on: 11/22/04]

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