Pretty similar tastes as me, nice article. I agree there was too much funk or perhaps the issue is not enough really good funk. I was getting tired of it before hitting the jam room for Porter's night and then I felt redeemed. It was good in there. Some of the best music of the night (I finally called it quits somewhere in the middle of George's 3rd vocal mic of the evening). The last night's jam room which featured a large dose of George, who clearly has more stamina to be on stage than Kimock, was even better. The ability to have a so-so bed (vs a thermarest), air conditioning, food and a shower for five days of concerts is a great combination.
GSW, ALO and the Kimock Jam Room really highlighted the shortcomings of the lineup:
1. The Jam Room is too much of a well kept secret or not enough of what the rest of the music is like.
2. Too much funk, much of it not that good and it never went anywhere and most of it sounded the same.
3. Not enough songs with lyrics and melodies and all that.
4. Too serious. Aside from the Piano lounge, ALO and maybe a little Robert Randolph it seemed a little up tight. This goes back to a lack of artists with real songs (GSW fits perfectly on the boat, but I think was also a bit of an outcast in that they have range and are entertaining.) There are additions like a Jerry Jeff, Todd Snider, or Robert Earl Keene that would be wonderful additions, especially for the daylight sets, expand their audience and introduce the jam audience to them - they also work really well for a nautical/beach theme.
5. Jazz, Southern Rock, Southern Rock and Jazz, Latin based music. I despise Electronica, but understand it is some people's bag and given multiple stages going off at the same time it cuts down on conflicts for me. But with Col Bruce on the boat (I saw him eating enough - just happened to have similar schedules I guess), I never managed to see him on stage. Think the original ARU or Allgood which just got back together.
6. Scheduling. Split here. I loved the first HORDE's ability for one band to segue into the next live and without the break. Cool musical moments and kept you from getting bored during the band changeover. The flip side is it gives an opportunity to catch some other stuff. I realize not all stages would work for this nor all bands, but it may be workable. Aside from that, I think scheduling two funk bands against each other or two electronica ones sucks. On the plus side it did drive me to the Jam Room the first time, but there were enough good and bad periods of music (IMO) that I think doing something of a theme at a stage for the night with some segue between bands would be cool and cut down on having to run all around the ship.