Jam Cruise 15 To Feature Original Meters, moe., The Duo & More

By Scott Bernstein Apr 28, 2016 8:59 am PDT

Jam Cruise 15 will set sail aboard the Norwegian Pearl from Miami on January 20 and will host a bevy of musical performances across its stages and spaces before returning to Miami on January 25. Today, the initial lineup for Cloud 9 Adventures’ destination event has been revealed. The Meters, moe., GRiZ and the Benevento Russo Duo are among the dozens of Jam Cruise 15 acts announced this afternoon. The lineup also features Jam Cruise stalwarts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Galactic and Lettuce.

Additional Jam Cruise 15 acts include Kamasi Washington, The Motet, The Revivalists, Beats Antique, Vulfpeck, The Soul Rebels, Break Science and JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band featuring Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann. Dopapod, Turkuaz, The Suffers, Earphunk, Brothers Comatose and Love Canon are among the many groups that will make their Jam Cruise debuts next January. The Nth Power drummer Nikki Glaspie has been tapped to lead JC15’s Super Jam, while Steve Kimock, Cyril Neville, Steve Berlin, Mike Dillon, Col. Bruce Hampton, Skerik, Katelyn & Laurie Shook of Shook Twins and Roosevelt Collier will be aboard as special guests.

The original lineup of The Meters – bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, keyboardist Art Neville and guitarist Leo Nocentelli – will come together for a pair of Jam Cruise performances. Jam Cruise 15 will also host the first proper Duo set since 2010 from the Benevento Russo Duo featuring drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento. moe. makes their return to the boat for a pair of performances aboard Jam Cruise 15, while old school jam scene favorites Percy Hill will also play JC15.

You can always count on Jam Cruise to host interesting collaborations both announced and spontaneous and 2017’s trip won’t be an exception. Bassist Reed Mathis will present Electric Beethoven featuring Jay Lane, Todd Stoops and Clay Welch. Matt Butler will conduct an Everyone Orchestra set with the lineup to be revealed closer to departure and ALO guitarist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz will bring his Lebo & Friends project aboard Jam Cruise 15. Additionally, Frequinox featuring Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Will Bernard, Robert Mercurio and Donald Harrison will make a rare non-Jazz Fest appearance on the boat.

Beyond the music, Jam Cruise offers curated programs both on and off the ship. Onboard experiences such as Brews at Sea, Chefs at Sea and Yoga at Sea return on Jam Cruise 15, while Jam Cruisers can also participate in artist-led activities, theme nights, door-decorating contests and autograph signings and witness “seen only on Jam Cruise” artist collaborations, special guest sit-ins and more. Port stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman give cruisers the chance to go ashore for excursions, sightsee, spend the day on the beach or participate in the Positive Legacy Day of Service to give back to the local community.

Those who pre-booked will be able to purchase cabins starting May 3, while cabins then go on sale to the pulbic on May 12 at 12 p.m. ET. Head to JamCruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise 15 Initial Lineup

  • The Original Meters
  • moe.
  • GRiZ
  • Galactic
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
  • Benevento Russo Duo*
  • Lettuce
  • Kamasi Washington
  • The Revivalists
  • The Motet
  • Beats Antique (Live)
  • Break Science
  • JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Vulfpeck
  • Dopapod
  • Turkuaz
  • Percy Hill
  • Frequinox*
  • The Suffers
  • Lebo & Friends (feat. Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garrett Sayers, & Leslie Grant)*
  • Neville Jacobs
  • Reed Mathis Presents Electric Beethoven (feat. Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, & Clay Welch)*
  • The Brothers Comatose
  • Earphunk
  • Magic Gravy*
  • Love Canon
  • Big Something
  • Nikki Glaspie Super Jam*
  • Everyone Orchestra*
  • Nathan Moore*
  • Manic Focus
  • DJ Soul Sister

Special Guests

  • Steve Kimock
  • Cyril Neville
  • Steve Berlin
  • Mike Dillon
  • Col. Bruce Hampton
  • Skerik
  • Katelyn & Laurie Shook of Shook Twins
  • Roosevelt Collier

(All Artists will play two shows, except those denoted with * will be playing one show)

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