Photo by Dave Vann
Another year has begun and another Jam Cruise has ensued. Unfortunately, no one from JamBase Headquarters was able to make it on the boat this year but many of our friends were representing, big time. We thought it would be fun to share their favorite moments of Jam Cruise 4 with you and give you the opportunity to share yours with us! Thanks to all the contributors, who so skillfully put the pieces back together to share their experiences with us.

The pinnacle Jam Cruise moment - an almost unanimous choice by all - was at the end of "Hey Jude" as performed by the Brain Damaged Eggmen (Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from The Disco Biscuits and Conspirator and Jake Cinninger, Kris Myers, and Brendan Bayliss from Umphrey's McGee) plus 20 other guests on stage leading the entire pool deck in the final "nah nah nah nah" sing-along. I was not there and I have the chills right now. Here is a taste of that moment. (Video taken from Dave Weissman's digi camera - thanks!)

"Hey Jude" - Photo by Michael Weintrob

And now on to the moments from Jam Cruise 4:

Photo by Michael Weintrob

Mark Brown ("The man" - Jam Cruise, Cloud 9 Adventures)

1. Having a conversation with Michael Franti on the pool deck before their sail away show from the Grand Cayman islands and hearing him pretty much free styling our conversation into one of his songs. It was a perfect show with the sun shining as we sailed away. Also loved the shoutout/standing ovation he gave to the Clean Vibes crew who worked their asses off making sure all bottles and cans from the cruise were being recycled.

2. Speaking with Brownie this past summer about his idea of a special project for Jam Cruise and seeing the Brain Damaged Eggmen come to fruition late night on the pool stage. The Beatles set blew us all away. What a fun show of Beatles tunes done in an Umphrey's McGee/Disco Biscuits style and followed by an awesome set of Floyd.

3. We received request from a few artists to have a stage setup specifically for spontaneous jams. This idea sounded like a natural especially with over 100 talented musicians onboard. This room turned out to be a huge hit and every time I walked in, amazing collaborations were taking place. Really one of kind shows sometimes with over 15 players on a tiny stage in front of intimate crowds loving every second of it.

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Photo by Dave Vann

Matt Hogan (SCI Fidelity)

Jake Cinninger, Jeff Coffin & Jen Hartswick
Photo by Dave Vann

1. Umphrey's McGee – Pool Deck, Monday January 9th
If we're taking everything that goes into a concert experience into account – music, location, vibe, friends, etc – this was quite possibly the greatest rock concert I've seen in my entire life! After spending a restful day in Jamaica (where an amazing beachside massage helped to recharge my batteries), the Umphrey's boys took the energy of that entire ship and sent it into another stratosphere. These were two, flat-out DIRTY, rocking, poignant, funky-ass party sets from UM, and the "Tell Me Something Good" (Rufus feat. Chaka Kahn) cover with Jennifer Hartswick & Jeff Coffin was just unbelievable. The show kept rolling until around 4:30 a.m., and people were still thirsting for more!!! Umphrey's Muthafuckin' McGee!

2. The Jam Room
This was by FAR the best addition to Jam Cruise this year. A plethora of instruments were left in The Cabaret, where a revolving door of musicians were able to sit in to create spontaneous magical musical moments. If, at any point on the cruise there was a moment of down time, you could always say, "let's see what's going on in the Jam Room," where you would inevitably find some of the world's greatest musicians tearing it up with each other. I can't really remember many of the exact lineups, but hopefully some tapes will start circulating, so you can hear for yourselves. Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, Ron Johnson, Brad Houser, Rodney Holmes, Adam Deitch, Jason Hann, Papa Mali, Karl D., Cheme, the guys from New Monsoon, and pretty much every other musician on the boat spent some time killing it in the Jam Room, which also turned out to be the latest-running party each night. Simply incredible!

3. Costa Maya, Mexico
It seemed unanimous that this was the best port Jam Cruise has ever visited. As the last stop on the trip, Costa Maya gave cruisers a chance to check out some beautiful Mayan ruins, and still have plenty of time to relax on a beautiful white sandy beach, which was in eyeshot of the MSC Lirica. Those of us who opted to lounge around the beach all day long were treated to a rainbow sighting over the boat, crystal blue waters, a super-relaxed vibe, and some of the BEST fish tacos & guacamole I've ever tasted! And oh yeah, the TEQUILA!!!

Ugggh … just 3? In that case, honorable mentions have to go to Brain Damaged Eggmen (WOW!!!), DJ Williams (he's a guitarist, folks! Incredible sit-ins everywhere, and his solo acoustic set gave me chills!), Gomez, Digable Planets, Bassnectar (DJ Lorin) and the Blue Room Disco, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the steam room, sunrise, and the entire staff of Jam Cruise 4! To everyone who was on the boat, y'all rock, and I can't wait to do it again next year!!!

Photo by Dave Vann


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Photo by Michael Weintrob

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Bela Fleck & Jeff Coffin - Photo by Dave Vann

Annabel Lukins aka Julie McCoy (Jam Cruise)

1. Watching Bela Fleck and the Flecktones unite together on stage for the first time in 13 months. Jeff Coffin was a special guest last year on Jam Cruise 3… and he got it instantaneously. We started talking immediately afterwards and knew that getting the Flecktones on board would be an extremely powerful reunion. Not too much convincing was necessary and thus, a band I have been seeing for over 15 years played with comfort and gratitude on stage and I had something to do with it.

2. Joining the Brain Damaged Eggmen and many of my peers and favorite musicians on the pool deck stage for a universal sing-along of "Na Na Na" during "Hey Jude" to close their Beatles set. It was a pretty spectacular moment to be on stage, watching the crowd, looking to my left and right, knowing that this was one of the coolest collaborations that Jam Cruise musicians have ever created.

3. The Koala – I'm pretty little and when I give hugs, people like to pick me up, so I sometimes give straddle hugs and wrap my arms and legs around someone. I did that with Skerik at some point and he said, "We've got to take that on stage while I'm playing." Thus the Koala was named. I knew he was sitting in with Galactic during the last set on the cruise, so when I saw him beforehand, we decided the Koala had to be done. So I wrapped myself around him, he put his sax in his mouth and off we went on stage. I held on tight and he went into a STOOPID jam with Ben Ellman and Cheme. It was so surreal, I kept looking at Stanton who I was facing and cracking up, then Skerik turned me around so I was facing the crowd. At one point, he dipped me so that I was upside down looking at the crowd WHILE HE WAS PLAYING. It was a CLASSIC moment in my life and apparently a real hit…especially with Les Claypool who said it was one the funniest things he's ever seen.

Keller Williams - Photo by Dave Vann

Marc Ross, Rock the Earth

1. Jamroom, late night 3 with Hollingsworth, Hann, Rodney Holmes, Jeff Coffin, Karl Denson, Brian Carey, Ben Bernstein, Jeff Miller, Ross Martin, Bo Carper, and others.

Michael Franti - Photo by Michael Weintrob

2. Michael Franti's private show for the Clean Vibes kids and crew in the trashroom. He didn't have to do it, but after meeting the kids and hearing about why and how Rock the Earth brought them on-board, he generously took time out to play a midnight mini-set for them and the regular midnight shift crew in the hot and smelly trash room. Then, just before screening his movie, he made the Clean Vibes kids stand up and take a standing ovation. Rock the Earth, the organization behind the greening effort on Jam Cruise 4, insisted that Clean Vibes be brought on board when, just six weeks ago, it found out that there is no recycling on the MSC Lirica. Clean Vibes, a for-profit concert and festival clean-up company, generously donated their services for free and all 4 Clean Vibers paid their own way to get to and from Ft. Lauderdale. Jam Cruise donated a cabin for Clean Vibes and Rock the Earth's Greening Jam Cruise Project.

3. Brain Damaged Eggman Project -- The Beatles set was sick, sick, sick.

4. The Greening Project -- Not only did we raise the bar by raising over $18,000 from the charity auction, but implemented a new educational aspect to Jam Cruise, hosting a private wine-tasting and panel discussion on "Social Change Through Music." The panel was led by RtE Executive Director, Marc Ross, and featured Victor Wooten and Future Man (Flecktones), Michael Travis (SCI), Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra), Bo Carper and Jeff Miller (New Monsoon) and David Weissmann (Musical Earth).

Billy & Jilian Nershi with Everyone Orchestra - Photo by Dave Vann


Sunrise - Photo by Michael Weintrob

Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits, Conspirator, Brain Damaged Eggmen)

1. Performing "Hey Jude," which has been my life-long dream, and having 20 musicians from all different bands jump up on stage to sing the na-na part at the end.

2. Seeing the sun rise on the last night as we pulled into port while battling with Brendan Bayliss 8-Mile style on the back deck. We couldn't seem to get Jennifer Hartswick to freestyle no matter how hard we tried, though. But suddenly out of nowhere, Magner jumps in and destroys us all. PS - we are all so white, and so awful at freestyling, most especially Brendan.

3. Victor. Jesus, is he insane.

Victor Wooten - Photo by Dave Vann

Jennifer Gass (First Time Jam Cruise Passenger)

1. HEY JUDE during the Brain Damaged Eggmen tribute to The Beatles. The entire pool deck, crew, and musicians on stage singing the "nah nah nah, nana nah nah's" with everyone being in the same moment and capturing exactly what the spirit of Jam Cruise is all about.

2. Walking through the Jam Room in the wee hours of the morning and witnessing the magic of musicians just coming together and making music happen. My personal highlight, stumbling upon Jennifer Hartswick singing a 20 minute soulful version of "Stand by Me."

3. Days at Sea. No land in sight, plenty of sunshine, and music to dance your ass off too from 11 a.m. - 8 a.m. Does it get any better than that?!?!

Honkytonk Homeslice - Photo by Dave Vann

Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee)

1. Rodney Holmes' transparent poly-rhythms.
2. Claypool's big simplicity.
3. Give it up for the Lee boys.

Brain Damaged Eggmen - Photo by Dave Vann

Steve Kimock - Photo by Dave Vann

Captain Toast

1. Michael Franti's pool deck set on day four was off the hook. With our biggest crowd in one place on the ship yet, all our flags were flying and the sun broke thru the clouds as the Lirica weighed anchor in the Grand Caymans and set sail for Costa Maya, Mexico.

2. The Steve Kimock Band with very special guest pedal steel player Buddy Cage of the New Riders of the Purple Sage fame, Buddy sat in for most of the set in the Broadway Theatre, at one point Steve and Buddy performed a dueling steel guitar jam as they faced each other - steel to steel!!!


Umphrey's McGee - Photo by Michael Weintrob

Critters Buggin - Photo by Dave Vann

Papa Mali - Photo by Dave Vann

Les Claypool

Karl Denson
Photos by Weintrob

Michael Kang - Photo by Weintrob


Mass Wedding - Photo by Dave Vann

Seth Weiner (Shimon Presents)

1. Brain Damaged Eggmen - They gave everyone the chills with their Beatles/Floyd covers. Most special when they went into "Hey Jude" and brought a bunch of people on stage to join in. It was one of those very special moments that felt just oh so good!

2. Wholy CRAPs - There was a bunch of us on the one craps table on board, the table was HOT, we had it going for over four hours. It was insane and a lot of fun.

3. The Mass Wedding - This was really cool. On the first day at sea we held a Mass Wedding for all those who wanted to get married on board Jam Cruise. It wasn't an official wedding, but none the less it was great. Over ten couples got married by Toast and the Father of the ship. Talk about good energy! Certainly a highlight for many.

Antibalas - Photo by Dave Vann

Adam Haft (New Monsoon manager)

1. The Jam Room - seeing all types of combos of musicians jamming with each other at all times of night.

2. Steve Kimock sitting in with New Monsoon for the band's entire final performance on the boat, as well as Jason Hann and Reggie Watts sitting in.

3. Getting to know so many other musicians and managers.

Everyone Orchestra - Photo by Dave Vann

Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)

1. During the first Everyone Orchestra performance Michael Travis coaxed Rodney Holmes to finish the EO set on the kit and mid set they switched the kit from a lefty kit to a righty kit, much to the sound person's chagrin. Then the raffle winner guest conductor got ready to start and Rodney busted into a 5/4 groove. Burton, the guest conductor's jaw dropped. The 5/4 was too much! It all worked out though...

2. 5 a.m. jam room on Tuesday night with Reggie Watts, Steve Kimock and the rest of us. Um, I've never heard anything quite like this before. I think Reggie had the biggest smile of all.

3. Late night Galactic on the Pool deck on the last night. The wind was swirling the smoke from the smoke machine, the air was warm and misty - and Stanton was hitting the FUCK out of his drums. This moment embodied the surrealness and beauty of the whole jam cruise experience for me.

Cheme & Skerik with Galactic - Photo by Dave Vann

Jamie Janover (Zilla)

1. The Jam Stage.
2. The Jam Stage.
3. The Jam Stage.

Jamie Janover and the Everyone Orchestra - Photo by Dave Vann

Jeff Miller (guitarist, New Monsoon)

1. Getting to perform three sets... many great moments within... what an honor!
2. Jamming with Karl D, Rodney Holmes, Kyle Hollingsworth, Reed Mathis, etc.. in an organic jam in the jamroom.
3. Singing in the chorus of "Hey Jude" w/BDEM.

New Monsoon - Photo by Dave Vann


Molly McGee, Winner of Guest Conductor for Everyone Orchestra - Photo by Dave Vann

Dave Weissman (Musical Earth, DSO)

1. The Everyone Orchestra shows. Allowing two audience members to come up and conduct really brought down any barriers between fans and bands – not that there were any, but this got rid of them! Both shows really brought a cohesive element to the "improvisational jam" with tight changes and super melodic portions.

2. The Brain Damaged Eggmen – the entire show was so unique and jammed out! Getting to rock out and dance and sing along to The Beatles and Pink Floyd was such a treat. They were rough around the edges, but the band's sound was great. The highlights of their show was a 1st set closing "Hey Jude" with tons of people on stage singing along (here's a 17 MB MPEG video of that portion - amateur shot from my little digi cam), and then closing the show, thus the night's music, with "Brain Damage > Eclipse." UNREAL. Such a great feeling to see that and sing along – under skies that opened with rain during these sets!

3. Anything involving last-minute, guest musician Zee-Rock who's like Django Reinhart meets Hank Williams Jr.! His real name is Zhenya Rock and he would be seen at night during all hours after music stopped walking around picking his six-string banjo and doing what he calls "Zee-Grass" which is a fabulous mixture of traditional bluegrass and Americana sounding songs, but some sung in his native Russian. So classic! He's a super humorous guy, but it was also quite entertaining to hear music at 4 - 6 a.m., bringing up the sun on more than one occasion.

Duke Amayo of Antibalas - Photo by Michael Weintrob

Brian Carey (percussion, New Monsoon)

1. Jamming with Antibalas for two hours in the Jam room.
2. Having the best seafood meal EVER with Spearhead in Costa Maya.
3. Climbing The Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Brendan Bayliss - Photo by Weintrob

Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee)

3. Victor Wooten's bass solo in the Broadway Theatre........stupid.
2. Going to the Mayan Ruins. That was one big ass temple.
1. The feeling after finishing with The Brain Damaged Eggmen sets.... being on vacation on a boat and getting to go see shows for two more nights.


The MSC Lirica - Photo by Dave Vann

Aaron Benor (Relix)

1. Jan 10 - Brain-Damaged Eggmen, poolside stage. First set ended with "Hey Jude" with Kris singing. I don't think I've ever heard him sing (or noticed that it was him singing). He nailed the vocals, then for the "na na na" coda, the Jam Cruise staff and 15 musicians came out to sing it. Very beautiful moment. Then the second set, the Pink Floyd set, was straight up dirty--great grooves, tight jams and excellent guitar work. Kris and Marc locked in to form a fantastic rhythm section and Aron's keys added the perfect layering.

2. Jan 12 - Last night, pretty late, on the back deck behind the late-night disco. Marc Brownstein and Brendan Bayliss were freestyle rapping. Brownie and Brendan were dropping the beat while anyone who could (or dared to) freestyle over it. I tried and failed miserably. Magner kept it going for a while (mostly knocking on Brendan). When Jennifer Hartswick approached, they begged her to join in, but she wouldn't-- hilarity ensued.

3. Tie between Jan 11--the craps table with Ethan Schwartz, Eric Gerber, Seith "Shimon" Weiner, Dan Berkowitz, Lou (Keller's Sound guy), Renee, Rick from Deleware, David "Sugar Daddy", Josh (Carrie's husband) and Rob from the OC. I rolled the point the hardway, everyone won big and celebratory cigars ensued -- and Jan 12 -- New Monsoon with Steve Kimock. That show was HOT! Let Bo sing!!

Photo by Dave Vann

Jeremy Jones (JamBase Photography, Uber Music Fan)

1. Michael Franti and Spearhead by far the official band of Jam Cruise. A poster child for getting on a boat and having a good time while keeping in touch with the world around us, reality. I love keeping in touch with reality, it is where I live and I don't want to forget that there are people still out there that need me, us, to keep their world turning. His first set was during the day casting off from the Cayman Islands. That was my first Spearhead show - seen Franti solo with other bands, and it was everything and more. Then we were treated to the documentary "I am not alone" about his travels to Iraq, Israel, and Palestine. The moment where Franti took the Palestinian man to speak to the Israeli soldier at the wall was incredible. WOW!

Gomez - Photo by Weintrob

2. My number two is seeing one of my best friends, Burton, conduct the Everyone Orchestra. The EO was raffling off tickets for people to guest conduct at both shows and Burton won the Sunday raffle. Burton is one of those guys that loves music, loves talking about music, talking about who played with who, who is the best drummer, where is the next big show, how many times that song has been played, and so forth. So who better to get up there and conduct than him. His insistence on Rodney Holmes going into a drum solo was classic.

3. Gomez bringing two of the best sets in recent memory. I was really into the Karl Denson and the Les Claypool, the Eggmen were a lot of fun and really different, Galactic was tight, Bela was back, Similak Chyld was rolling, but Gomez was the heat. It was one of those moments where my only previous encounter with these guys was on the CD player. The fellas from England brought amazing lyrics, towering vocals, and tight playing. Did I mention their vocals are sublime? Their tightness was a nice contrast to the long play of the majority of the bands and the "Soul Kitchen" and "Going Out West" with Antibalas Horns was a fabulous ending to their last show. Hey Julie McCoy! More bands like this next year...

William Fenner (Returning Jam Cruise passenger, 51 year old engineer)

1. Catching the Critters Buggin show in the Lirica Lounge and being just blown away by Skerik's oh-so intense sax work against the pounding pulsating drum work from his band mates drum circle. T hat is still resonating through my soul.

2. Being on the beach in the fisherman's village at Costa Maya and watching the entire beach become a mini festival with a beautiful white sand beach and the cruise ship at port in the distance.

3. The second day at the end of his show (at 4 a.m.) when the crowd is asking, screaming & pleading for more, Karl Denson advised the crowd to "pace yourself". That became our catch phrase for the cruise.

3a. At our last sit down dinner our waiter (who we had dinner with every day by our choice) had tears in his eyes as we said good-bye and told us in very broken English how this was the best cruise he had ever seen.

Gabby La La & Mike Dillon - Photo by Dave Vann

Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin, Les Claypool)

1. Skerik dissing the pizza during the Critters set, last day at sea.
2. The Lee Boys Rocking out first day at sea.
3. Drinking Espresso.

Photo by Weintrob


The Greening Project Prize - Photo by Vann

Revelry - Photo by Dave Vann

Jam Cruise 4 Artists - Photo by Weintrob

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jerbear87 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 05:09PM
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Wow wish i could have made it. Looks solid all the way through /I bet Nershi and Kang threw down as well a s Umph. and Keller shti and Karl Denson. A buddy of mine told me that every show was sweet in its own way. Tripping balls on a boat crusin the ocean while jammin to sweet grooves during winter none the less! OUT OF SIGHT

chrisgearing_78 Thu 1/19/2006 06:36PM
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Cool festival err boat trip but I think it is more like Madison House fest. there are enough Madison House festivals going on... enough already.

kgies Thu 1/19/2006 07:20PM
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so many great momemts, i'll try to keep it to three..

1) the costa maya beach party...I can't believe everyone came! (except skerik, where was he anyway??)

2) the apes, the apes, the apes, oh and the apes!!!!!!!! (**love** these guys and thier music too!)

3) critter's buggin in the lirica lounge!

the fact that i saw sooooo much great music and was completely fufuilled, yet have such different memories than those posted above!

jam cruise is the best....i must stop obsessing!


CHIEFTON starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 07:56PM
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This cruise was a great one! Not sure if it is fair to compare to past years, since each brings more to the table each following. I feel blessed to be a part of Jam Cruise, this is my 3rd. God Bless the promoters. BUT for God's sake lets get a boat next year that knows how to make pizza!! PS swiming with sting rays in Caymen Islands is not a good idea on Acid!

kb4404 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 11:05PM
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1. Hairy Apes BMX with Karl D and Brad Houser!
2. Meeting Bela Fleck in the hallway.
3. Gomez and New Monsoon! Check these guys out if you haven't heard them!

That's just a few highlights!! What a great time, with a boat full a great people! The vibe was perfect!!!

Dogfood starstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 06:20AM
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They should get a good line up next year. No String Cheese outside bands, no Umph...

ParrotheadFargo starstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 07:15AM
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Embeded Video in the story, the is F**king cool! We need more of that!

Wish I could have been on the Luv boat this year, Better start saving of next! Looks like too much fun!


CDR starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 08:20AM
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Wow! I just watched the "taste". What a beautiful scene!!!

djwmusic starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 08:23AM
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Thanks to everyone that made this experince one of the most memorable ever.

-DJ Williams-

toestothenose starstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 08:43AM
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The photo's and words are a great recap of highlights. That short download of "Hey Jude" is quite cool! - Now I just have to wait for a copy of the Brain-Damaged Eggmen to surface.

TRBLand starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 09:30AM
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Hillary Bonner (Returning JamCruise passenger)

1) Claypool's poolside set on January 11 was by far one of the most, um, interesting shows I've seen. From Gaby singing the White Rabbit cover to the sick, sick dueling beats of Mike and Jay to Skerik's continual freak-you-out style; Les has definitely found himself one hell of a project with these folks. Not to mention, the Colonel himself conducting the band with his full-out rock-n-fall over bass lines. The strong tropical breeze ruling the deck during this set was blowing just for us at the will of Col. Claypool himself.

2) The staff- I just want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing staff of this beautiful ship. On the morning of disembarkation, some friends and I were at breakfast. Our waiter and some other members of the staff were revelling at how much they would miss the jam cruisers. I was amazed at how even the bar staff, who we definitely worked into the ground, were loving (almost) every second of the crowd and the music. When I returned home, I realized what a culture shock we must have been to most of them. I even ran into a couple of "undercover" staff members dressed to the max in boas and visors so that they could come out and get down with us while avoiding identification by their bosses. I like to think that a lot of the fantastic members of this staff will take the music home with them much like I do each year.

3) Umphrey's Muthafuckin' McGee is right! These guys stole the show as the "younguns" of jam cruise! Each time I see the UM, it's as if they have played a thousand shows since the last one. Their first set with a sick "In the Kitchen" opener and a special visit from Keller for a delightful performance of "Fame" was a fantasmic way to kick off the best boat trip I've ever been on. Other UM moments include: Brendan sitting in with Keller and Michael Travis for a rockin version of "Jane Says," The Braindamaged Eggmen...I agree that "Hey, Jude" was one of the top moments of the trip...and the jam room. My I <3 UM t-shirt that I bought on the boat last year was a great, great purchase.

Thanks to everyone at Madison House and Cloud Nine for the amazing journey and for your continual efforts in making Jam Cruise the best vacation ever!

ltsinmd starstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 11:09AM
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i am a 52 y/o rocker who to be honest wasn't all that familiar with all the bands but was uniformly blown away by the artistry and the imagination. my 19 y/o asked me to join him [and pick up the tab}. the late night sets {or early morning] were phenomenal, highlighted by umphrey's mcgee and galactic. bella was sublime and franti was inspirational.
till next year

froghead starstar Fri 1/20/2006 11:46AM
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Sorry to be so critical, but you could have taken more time to put a sweet article together. Hey jude was mentioned 10 too many times. I hoped for more reviews (such as Les. Oh well, ill have to go see it for myself next year.

robotsfromthefuture starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 01:55PM
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Holy crap, that was by far the coolest thing I have ever done in my entire life. I would like to thank, Mark brown, Capt. Toast and the whole crew for making dreams come true. You guys have created new a level of KICK ASS.
Les Claypools 2nd set melted my brian, I'm still not right. Critters Buggin is one of my new favorite bands, they need to tour more. Galactic's 1st set was a crazy super jam, it was off the hook. The Fanastic 4 were so good, it turn out to be Fantastic 8 shortly after the set started. One of the best parts was DJ Williams getting up and playing with every one and their momma, he got around. Oh yea, how could I forget about the best part of the whole cruise, the hotdog pizza was f*cking awesome. I see ya'll on the next cruise.
Scuba Steve

freekfreely Fri 1/20/2006 02:12PM
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Bring back the Disco Biscuits next year.

euphonic starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 02:30PM
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Thank you to everyone who I experienced this magical event with, and esp. to the staff for all their hard work in putting together the best festival I have ever fathomed. My top 3 JC4 moments would have to be:

1) Being front center for Les Claypool's first show on the Pool Stage. My girlfriend and I were surrounded by hardcore les fans like ourselves and it just added to the absolute madness that went down that night. Brain-damaged eggmen followed right after. It dont get much better than that. Ya'll may remember seeing me, I sported the roman helmet and red and gold mask on several of the nights.

2) Bela Fleck & the Flecktones first show in 13 months in the Broadway theater. I can not tell you how intimate and mind-blowing this show was. I left the theater that night speechless. Watching Lebo bring a painting to life right in front of us all while the flecktones lit the pace up was nuts. This may have been the show of the cruise for me.

3) Hairy Apes BMX!!(first show w/ Brad Houser, Karl D, & Z-Rock) Oh my god what a show! My girlfriend and I watched the entire soundcheck with some of our new friends we met aboard, and it was just us, the band, and several other musicians such as Stanton Moore and Skerik in the Lirica Lounge and it was just a great feeling. The Apes then preceeded to drop a musical bomb in that place. The crowd was so into it and the entire show was just in-your-face craziness. I left there dripping sweat with the biggest smile on my face. Cant wait to see these guys play again.

Theres so much more I would love to write about, but I dont want to take up too much space. Very quickly, other notable mentions were DJ WILLIAMS!!(It was great watching one of my fav local musicians bring the heat with every one if his sit ins, his acoustic performance was beyond touching, and I loved the fact that he was really taking a step up to the next level of his musical career), making friends with Gabby La La and requesting she play golden flea and then to have her tell us once she got down from the stage that she played it for us! JAM ROOM!!! I think all of you understand how fukin badd ass this room was. THANK YOU SO MUCH JAMCRUISERS. I WILL SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!! Much love.

stu62 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 02:55PM
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I'm a 60 year old rock'n'roll geezer who signed on just so I could spend a week with my college age daughter. I had a blast!! Highlights: Victor's 12 minute solo, GOMEZ!!!, Brain Damaged Eggmen, Umphrie McGee's furious mambo melting into the coda from Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", Bassnector vs. Kang, and every single moment watching Stanton Moore behind his kit. Best comment: Father Frank, the ship's priest, said it was the best cruise he's been on in 15 years. My ultimate goal: Jamcruise and the Delbert McClinton cruise back-to-back. Keep a-rockin'.

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 07:39PM
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pharndog starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/21/2006 03:37AM
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In complete honesty, after reading that review, I don't think have ever been more sold on an event in my entire life... And I've read alot of reviews.

Great Article. See you next year.

gratefulone starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/21/2006 08:16AM
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Unbelievable Time! I usually just lurk on the message board but just reading the highlights of my trip brought tears to my eyes. It was truly an amazing adventure. I am forever grateful that I went.

Ching Sat 1/21/2006 03:42PM
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Bout time Clean Vibes got some props.... FUnny but at Bonnaroo we bust our ass cleaning after 90K people and no one seems to care??? GLad to see Franti giving props.. Much love to that guy...Now if we can get the same after we clean up after 80-90k people....

Much love

sunlovely starstarstarstar Sat 1/21/2006 08:24PM
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I really didn't think that much could top my JC1 fun. I'd prefer not to repeat any trend but-Umphreys McGee!!-gets better everytime, words will never do. KDTU second show, slammed down some funk!!! Bela-a pleasure. The Lee Boys sunday morning-thank you and can I get an amen. All the music rocked and the best thing about JamCruise is that all these amazing musicians are on the loose and you never know what to expect- the synergy is off the hook. I know I'm not alone- the Franti movie was moving and everyone should see it, it makes up for spearheads repetition and how you feelin's to know he is after the truth and sharing. The crew was overworked and surviving, even with 2000people who for the most part don't rest. If the boat never hit a port and just went in a big circle people would still love it. It's a playground for big kids.

Lord_Nikon starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/22/2006 06:35PM
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Wow, If I wasn't already pre-booked for Jam Cruise 5, I'd be busy pre-booking for Jam Cruise 5.

It was wonderful.

totalot starstarstar Sun 1/22/2006 10:17PM
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Glad to hear the event was solid, but I got to tell you that I am bummed that SCI, Madison House and Jam Cruise took so heavily from Xingolati and could not come up with thier own concepts. Basically, if you put together SCI's New Years and Jam Cruise you get Xingolati...Jam Cruise even took some of the same artists after they rocked Xingolati...Bass Nectar...EO, not to mention performance artists and dressing up are all of a sudden part of Jam Cruise...Jam Cruise folks were on Xingolati and it is obvious....

FairyintheTiara Sun 1/22/2006 11:33PM
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To: Hillary Bonner
Thank you for taking the time to compliment the staff. Silvano looked awesome in the feathers and Vegas visor!!
The bands were off the hook and the staff made us at home. I love the Casino team!!
Smiles and much love,

dmckee3313 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/23/2006 02:12PM
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My life will never be the same. Went last year and couldn't wait for this year. And next year feels like an eternity. It is an honor and a privelege to be able to participate in the floating musical utopia we call Jamcruise. Thanks to Annabel, Capt Toast, and everyone who makes it possible!!

BTW--you who mention JC trying to be like Xingolati--JC was around before Xingo...the folks who put on Xingolati came on JC3 last year to figure out how to do their own West Coast version. SO I'd say Xingo is trying to be like JC.

jkorn Tue 1/24/2006 07:27AM
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another 30 second clip from Hey Jude taken from on the stage behind the na na na nas


zeerok starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/25/2006 09:34AM
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JC waz superb!
1 request:
keep that jamroom open 24 hours !!!!
international a +

southernsoulmc starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/25/2006 10:45AM
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Oh my Gosh!! You mean we have to wait a whole year to do that again?? Amazing. Truely amazing. Beautiful people, beautiful music, and beautiful vibes. Jam Cruise is out of this world. If you haven't been, you should be the first in line for next year...and if you have already experienced it, you couldn't imagine passing it up! Jennifer Hartswick added so much this year..you go girl! Umphrey's ROCKED THE FREAKIN' HOUSE YA'LL!! No denying it...and Bela was a wonderful addition. Everyone loves a little pickin' and dancin'! : ) The new ports (Jamaica was awesome!) added so much to an already perfect experience. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. And to the person with the comment about JC trying to be like Xingolati...hello?!...since WHEN is it bad to have soo much of a good thing? Don't worry about replication..Jam Cruise is by far in a class of it's own. Period. See ya next year! Oh- and BRAVO Annabel!! Your hard work is truely appreciated!

kgies Wed 1/25/2006 04:58PM
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jam cruise is not trying to be like xingo and xingo is not trying to be like jam cruise...they both are similar, but obviously very very different!! I think the promotors actually have made an effort to make these events different (i.e. the performance art connection in xingo, the bigger focus on live music on JC)....

and yes, this is JC four...xingo has only happened once...get a clue!

anyhoo...if you are sold on this event and are not pre-booked, you best be getting to it! no doubt the good cabins are likely to be gone before this goes onsale to the general public!!

vivajonica420 Thu 1/26/2006 10:38AM
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One of the most memorable times I've ever had. I will be back every year. The vibe was incredibly positive and warm the whole time. The music was amazing and land time was uplifting!

cjammer Thu 1/26/2006 12:50PM
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Michael Franti will bring a tear to your eye
Costa Maya is the bomb
Umphrey's McGee are ROCK GODS!!
DJ Lorin enough said
Jam Room was off the chain
Have P Groove on the boat next year
See you next year.....

shackca starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/29/2006 12:38PM
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Just Amazing!!! The greatest vacation one can imagine (and that I ever had)

1) Leaving the port in Fort Lauderdale, with Antibalas JAMMING - amazing, glad I was able to catch them play again and see the members jamming all over the ship

2) After the tour in Ochos Rios (and climbing the falls) paying the tour guide extra to take us to get killer Jerk Chicken and a Red Stripe at some hideaway shack - and running into Karl Denson just chilling out

3) the Music was just amazing - seeing all the musicians jamming all over the place, Wooten and the flecktones jamming, kimock band, Keller, Umphreys, Gomex, Lee Boys, Eggmen, DJ Williams(incredible talent) Papa Mali, Galactic. Man, I could go on and on, just amazing

Thx JC staff, lets please do this more often!!!

stokis :)

Melisiciousness starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/29/2006 11:13PM
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Melissa Bruck(jamcruise newbie)
I am SO SO SO glad that I said f*%k it. I missed it last year and there ain't no way I'm missing it again. A credit card is maxed, but the best decision EVER!!! It was by far the best time I've ever had in my life(next to BM). The BEST musical festival ever created. I think all the music was absolutely fabulous. Every band and every artist were phenominal. The lowdown of my top moments.
=) Singing along at the top of my lungs during "Best Feeling" with Keller during deck set @ twilight and realizing the true meaning of the song. Being mistaken for his girlfriend(even though he's married) by these boys in line was pretty cool, too.
=) Being fresh off the Cayman scuba diving boat, double fisting red stripes, dancing my ASS off to Franti's set on the deck with those same boys. (Let me tell you that dancing sideways Jamiraqui style on the top deck of a moving cruise ship and just watching the waves rush by is the BEST!)
=)After being all sweaty from dancing to Galactic, Jam Room, Bassnectar, Jam Room, Claypool, and Jam Room again. Then jumping into the pool, then sitting in the hot tub for 2 1/2 hours to watch the sun rise.
=) I think each and every person that I met was the reason for going. I went alone(having a few friends going seperately) and on the singles program-absolutely fabulous. I met SO many new friends for life.
=) Eating dinner with Mike Dillon and not realizing who he was until about halfway through(I wasn't ever that up close before)
=) But, I honestly think that my top favorite moments were at Bassnectars sets. He absolutely tore it up and caused my to get down, and up, the sideways, then spinning,(repeated in all combinations) the most. There were moments that the rocking of the ship was so intense and incredible bass-beats were so cosmically alligned that I am sure it was the best energy in the universe.

kimberlymanning starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/30/2006 01:39AM
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like our own secret world adrift at sea-so much love, unity, and creativity- such a powerful experience, I'm so greatful for all your votes and energy on board- thanks to those who went to visit Bob Marley in 9 mile. Thanks to Jaime for playing at my yoga and to those who stretched-to Papa Mali, DJ, Rebecca, the Fan 4, EO, SouleyeSleepyhead and to everyone else for jamming with me-thanks to Julie, Marc, and Toast and the staff and thanks for the JAM ROOM! and the waiting to get of the boat jam

Love and Light


ps. from my experience Xingo and Jamcruise have a very different vibe like burning man parties and rainbow gatherings- but attract like minded folks

Durkin starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/7/2006 02:06PM
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Kim your such a hottie!

And DJ you rock and are one cool ass mofo!

OK so my favorite moments:
1) The love. I don't think there was single moment that I didn't feel it.
2)Watching Umphrey's from a hot tub at 3 in the am.
3)Hearing Keller and Brendan cover Tenacious D.
4)Asking Les if wanted to do a J in Mexico and him turning us down.
5)Bela Fleck's set on the pool deck.
6)Everyone Orchestra both sets.
7)Seeing Jen everywhere and wanting to tell her she rocks everytime because of the amaizing "Tell Me Somthing Good".
8)Antibalas getting the party started.
9)The endless jams in the jamroom and the spontanious jams that happened from people getting up and playing with others like Papa Mali's second set on the pool deck...that rocked.
10)Fantastic 4
Things I didnt like:
1)Watching them tear it down at 5:30 am as we were pulling into port.
2)The two nights I got sleep...I shouldn't have done that.

Can't wait for next year! :)

Jack and Coke

perpetual starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/8/2006 09:31PM
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My magical moments on jamcruise are perpetual. Sipping bahama mama's with billy nershi and giving out free high 5's with brendan bayliss, priceless. Getting down to the fantastic four playing nautilius, and dancing with franti all night. Finding duke (anitbalas) in the elevator playing with the mirrors. Having a fake tattoo party with papa mali at 4:00 a.m. feeding costa mia tequila to stanton moore. Gettin down in the anchor room and not getting caught. Having my love pick me up in his arms, while we slow dance to micheal franti's voice. Busting keller williams smoking a cigerette, then passing him something worth smoking. meeting friend's for life. The most beautiful, unforgetable 6 days of my life. Thank you annebel and mark. see you next year capt. toast