10 Sets Not To Miss Aboard Jam Cruise 14
Today is a bright spot on the calendar for Jam Cruise attendees as the schedule for this year’s voyage has been revealed. There’s so much music packed within the five days of Jam Cruise 14, which departs Miami on January 6 aboard the MSC Divina and returns on the 11th, but the good news is that it’s easy to get between the venues quickly.
Now that the schedule is here, let’s take a look at ten sets which should be a top your list of performances to catch aboard the boat.
1. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 1/6 11:15 p.m. Pool Deck
Picture it: the MSC Divina departs Miami around 6 p.m. and five hours later the party is at full blast. At 11:15 p.m. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will play the outdoor Pool Deck as the lights of the Florida Keys fade into the distance. The Grateful Dead tribute act have been winning raves after each performance and there’s no reason to think their Jam Cruise debut will be any different.
2. ALO 1/6 1:30 a.m. Pantheon Theater
This year’s lineup is a nice mix of Jam Cruise favorites and newcomers. One of the acts in the former category is ALO who always bring their A Game to Jam Cruise. The Santa Barbara natives will be coming off their most extensive tour in years and have a fantastic new album they just released. Everything is set for two standout ALO performances aboard the boat.
3. Paul Hoffman & Anders Beck 1/7 3 p.m. Brews At Sea Stage
Greensky Bluegrass may not be aboard the boat in January, but two members of the group will be. Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck are both special guests on Jam Cruise 14 and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for a rare duo set. We also hope they will be regulars at “The Spot.”
4. Galactic 1/7 11:15 p.m. Pool Deck
There are many Jam Cruise traditions, but one of the oldest and boldest is Galactic’s Pool Deck set. The New Orleans funk act have played each and every installment of Jam Cruise. Galactic’s Jam Cruise sets give fans a chance to see how much the band’s music has changed over the past year and you can always count on the group to include special guests and fun covers.
5. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers 1/8 8 p.m. Pool Deckhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88VI2Y2bZZQ
Speaking of New Orleans, the legendary Dr. John will make his Jam Cruise debut in January. The pianist has battled illness in recent years, so we appreciate the opportunity to catch him with his sensational The Nite Trippers ensemble after a fun day in Belize.
6. Lettuce 1/8 2:15 a.m. Pantheon Theater
At least one member of Lettuce has set sail on nearly every installment of Jam Cruise. The musical ties between Lettuce and the other artists on the boat run deep. We don’t envy the choices that need to be made about just who will share the stage with them at their always impressive theater set, but look forward to seeing who they pick.
7. Holly Bowling 1/9 7:30 p.m. Atrium
Early evening piano sets in the gorgeous Atrium of the Divina have become a staple of the Jam Cruise experience. You’d be well advised to catch at least one of these sets and we’re looking forward to pianist Holly Bowling’s set. Bowling is known for her spot-on interpretation of both Phish songs and jams. Holly is so excited for her Jam Cruise debut that she made a special video series celebrating the upcoming trip.
8. Snarky Puppy 1/9 2 a.m. Pantheon Theater
Snarky Puppy left many jaws on the floor in the wake of their Jam Cruise debut this past January. They have a sound unlike any other band going and now that they have one Jam Cruise under their belts, we’re excited for a late night with Snarky Puppy in the theater.
9. Everyone Orchestra 1/10 3:30 p.m. Pantheon Theater
Each year Matt Butler puts together a slamming lineup for an Everyone Orchestra set that is traditionally held on the last full day of the cruise. No matter who the conductor picks to round out the lineup, you know a good time is in store. We’re happy the set is in the theater which will make for a more comfortable viewing experience than the Jam Room.
10. Electron Pink Floyd Tribute 1/10 12 a.m. Pool Deck
The last set at the Pool Deck on Jam Cruise 14 is a doozy. Electron will lead a tribute to Pink Floyd as the boat starts its approach to Miami. You’ll want to conserve some energy for this one, so remember: Jam Cruise is a marathon not a sprint.