JAM CRUISE 4: THE WALRUS IS...


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!!!

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