By Team JamBase Jan 12, 2007 12:00 am PST

Burning Spear with Umphrey’s McGee
Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
There is nothing like Jam Cruise. It’s High Sierra meets Jazz Fest on a luxury cruise line in the Caribbean. A sense of freedom permeates everything that happens, and the party never ends. You wanna ask Skerik how the hell he makes all that noise? Go for it. There’s no backstage and no barrier between what you want and what you get. Feel the need to get front row and give Ivan Neville a high-five after he crushes the keys? Done.

Every year Jam Cruise gets better, and number five would be the best yet. With three full days at sea and port stops at the islands of Turks and Caicos and Cayo Levantado, a private island off the Dominican Republic, Jam Cruise is a musical paradise worth every penny.

Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
The fact that everyone lives on the boat, there are no cabs to catch or hotels to run off to, allows for once-in-a-lifetime collaborations to take place at any given moment. Where else are you gonna see Burning Spear sit in with Umphrey’s McGee? Or how about Luther Dickinson playing drums with Patterson Hood? Brock Butler sitting in with The Disco Biscuits, Steve Kimock with ALO, John Morgan Kimock with George Porter Jr. and Trevor Garrod, JJ Grey with Galactic, JamBase’s own SuperDee playing violin with Perpetual Groove, or the specially formed Garage a Benevento? It’s all happening all the time on Jam Cruise.

There were psychedelic Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin covers, all star Grateful Dead tributes, Brock Butler leading PGroove through “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ to Fuck With” > “Samson Rap” > “Rhymin’ and Stealin'” (better than you would ever think) and The Disco Biscuits killing “Paul Revere.” The highlights go on-and-on-and-on. Instead of trying cover five days of bliss on the boat we’ve gathered some of favorite artists’ and associates’ Top 3 Moments to help tell the tale of our little party on Jam Cruise 5.

Continue reading for the Jam Cruise Top 3…


Winston & Sonia Rodney
Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Burning Spear
1. Jamming with Umphrey’s McGee on the Pool Deck.
2. Jamming with George Porter Jr.
3. How everyone was like one big family.

Patterson Hood
1. Hanging with my Family.
2. Hanging with Luther and Neisha Dickinson / Jomo and Aidan / John and Christine.
3. My daughter acting all punk rock and yelling at well-meaning unsuspecting strangers who got too close to her. (She is almost two and folks would get in her face saying “How cute” and she’d let them have it!)

Marc Brownstein :: The Disco Biscuits
1. Annabel and Peter’s Engagement.
2. Vince Iwinski’s (Umphrey’s McGee manager) – freestyle performance on the back deck – “Now I got some stinky hippies standing next to me!”
3. Allen Aucoin’s smooth as ever reprisal of “Echoes” coming out of “Cyclone.” Caught the Pool Deck by surprise even blew my mind!
4. The HeadCount Presidential Debate – Crazy Charlie’s platform of Party till 10 a.m. – now that is what Jam Cruise is all about.

John Morgan & Steve Kimock
Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Steve Kimock
1. John Morgan Kimock with George Porter Jr. (w/ Zero & at Jam room/Cotton Club).
2. Sitting in with ALO on the pool deck.
3. Collecting sea glass in Turks & Caicos.

Marco Benevento
1. My red and black stripe socks.
2. Feedback sword fight between Skerik and I.
3. Horny Manatees.

Trevor Garrod :: Tea Leaf Green
1. Jammin in the Jam Room with George Porter Jr. and John Morgan Kimock.
2. The 4 a.m. jam session on the top deck with members of Hot Buttered Rum, TLG lighting crew and other folks that got so raucous that the captain complained.
3. Patterson Hood from Drive-By Truckers in the Cotton Club.

Marco Benevento :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Tim Carbone :: Railroad Earth
1. Joining my friend Jeff Austin and playing “Ophelia” with ALO.
2. Taking part in the Social Change through Music Panel Discussion.
3. Getting a great start to the jamming by sitting in with Tea Leaf Green on the very first night!

John Skehan :: Railroad Earth
1. Sounds of San Francisco set (specifically the “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot”).
2. Watching the High Sierra scene take over a luxury cruise ship.
3. The way the boat still rocks your body days after disembarking.

Nat Keefe :: Hot Buttered Rum
1. The Grateful Dead set with TLG, ALO, and Zero. The songs I played were fun, but the highlight was dancing backstage while my homeboys ripped up “Help” > “Slip” > “Franklin’s.
2. Hanging with musical colleagues and friends.
3. Playing the island set. The sight of everyone dancing with the backdrop of sand and bright blue water… Improvising with Greg, Tim and Andy.

George Porter Jr. :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Aaron Redner
Hot Buttered Rum

1. Meeting and performing with Donna Jean Godchaux!
2. Performing on the private island.
3. Being warm in January!

Dan Lebowitz :: ALO
1. Greyboy Allstars on the Pool Deck first night.
2. Sounds of San Francisco Grateful Dead Tribute featuring ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum and Zero.
3. The Lot Dawg, Thumpy, Tanner, Studerus, Merchata Presidential Extravaganza.

Zach Gill :: ALO
1. George Porter Jr. stumbling through the bridge of “Don’t stop Believing” (by Journey) during Rock Star Karaoke.
2. Donna Jean jumping in to hit the back up vocals on “Franklins Tower.”
3. Steve Adams falling out of his bunk.

ALO with Steve Kimock :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Steve Adams :: ALO
1. Hanging out with Donna Godchaux.
2. The Jam Room. At one point I caught George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Robert Walter, Karl Denson, Martin Fierro, DJ Logic and various others up on stage, making some pretty good music.
3. The Presidential Debate. Marc Brownstein did a great job keeping things rolling while Lot Dawg dropped mad vision of global charisma, community and actualization!
3. Acoustic jams in the piano room with Deanne Herman (SuperDee), ALO, Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Trevor Garrod… This was the sweet getaway!
3. The Greyboy Allstars, Garage a Benevento, and Galactic. Super-stoked to see all three of these bands again!

Dave Brogan :: ALO
1. Garage a Benevento in the Teatro!
2. Playing “Franklin’s Tower” with Donna Godchaux.
3. Late night breakfast buffet with President Lot Dawg.

Garage a Benevento :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Jenna Lebowitz
Manager for ALO

1. Jam Cruise vibe. The entire experience created by Annabel, Mark, Josh and the Jam Cruise team.
2. ALO and Friends acoustic show in the Piazza. Incredible, intimate performance with members of Hot Buttered Rum and Railroad Earth.
3. Garage a Benevento Sunday night show. Mind, body, and soul shaking show.

Alison Lewis
1. Patterson Hood.
2. Singing in Karl D’s Super Jam.
3. Patterson Hood, again…

The New Mastersounds :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Weintrob
Pete Shand
The New Mastersounds

1. Bass In Your Face Workshop.
2. Sitting in with Galactic.
3. Jam room on the last night jamming with Elgin Parks from Greyboy Allstars, and Fuzz from Deep Banana Blackout.
4. I Also loved the Dirty Dozen gig on the Pool Deck.

Simon Allen
The New Mastersounds

1. Our three hour set in the Cotton Club with sit-ins from Karl D and George Porter on the first night.
2. Los Amigos Invisibles – my favourite band on the boat.
3. 70s night. The hot outfits all over the boat. I just had my Austin Powers glasses and I was set.

SuperDee with Perpetual Groove
Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
Matt McDonald
Perpetual Groove

1. Seeing Brock Butler play with the Disco Biscuits.
2. Having Deanne Herman play with us.
3. Hosting a Crapshoot game in which nothing but industry people showed up. What a bunch of degenerates we all are. Fortunately people won big!

Ben Ferguson :: Tour Manager
Perpetual Groove

1. Spreading out on sun chairs with our entire crew after a long night to listen to Brock’s voice carry across the deck of the ship during his beautiful solo set. Wish it was longer!
2. The Jam Room – don’t even know where to begin!
3. The abundance of Pink Floyd on the boat – Brock’s set, the Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee.

Eric Gerber :: Manager – Royal Artist Group
1. Derek Trucks in the Theatre.
2. Garage a Benevento in the Theatre.
3. BINGO! with Skerik.

Sounds of San Francisoc Grateful Dead Tribute
Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
J. Bau
Hard Head Management

1. Sounds of San Francisoc Grateful Dead Tribute. Pure bliss.
2. Karl D Super Jam. “Super Jams” usually mean a ton of musicians playing together for the first time, vamping on “Cissy Strut” for 30 minutes. Props to Karl for putting in the work to plan the players, songs and write out charts with changes and solo orders on them. Was a perfect set of classic funk and soul covers by some of the best musicians in the world.
3. The steam I took after coming back on the boat from Grand Turks to prep for the big night ahead. Never felt better.

Vince Iwinski :: Manager for Umphrey’s McGee
1. Burning Spear with Umphrey’s McGee creating the Jammin on Jam Cruise song that hasn’t left my head yet.
2. Seeing the MSC Opera approach Grand Turk from miles away on the horizon as I sit on the beach waiting for it to arrive.
3. Annabel’s engagement – classic!

Continue reading for writers, photographers and associates Jam Cruise Top 3…


Annabel Lukins aka Julie McCoy :: Jam Cruise Director

Annabel getting engaged on Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
1. My boyfriend (and now fiancé) Peter proposed to me on stage in front of 500 people. They threw a t-shirt over my head at the awards ceremony that I was running, and completely unbeknownst to me, Peter walked on stage, flashing the ring and was on his knee by the time they took the shirt off my head. And I was in a pirates costume to boot! I can’t believe I got engaged in a pirate’s costume. I can’t believe I’m engaged! WOO HOO!!
2. Sounds of San Francisco – Grateful Dead Tribute. Hands down my favorite set of the ship. The fact that ALO, TLG and HBR, who all come from my generation of, “yes we saw the dead 20+ times but not nearly enough,” NAILED every song AND they got to perform with the effervescent Donna Jean Godchaux. And along with that highlight, I spent 45 minutes with Donna Jean talking about her first Dead show, my first Dead show, and everything that followed (her meeting Keith and joining the band, me going on tour and ending up in the music business). It was a mind blowing conversation.
3. George Porter, Jr. When I booked the man to come Jam Cruise, he told me that he barely knew any of the bands on board and asked “what should I do, who should I play with?” I said, “George, just show up.” Show up indeed… can you say AT EVERY SHOW, ON EVERY STAGE. The man was on fire. And he performed with grace, passion and a WHOLE lotta bad ass grooves. His wife said to me, “Thank you for bringing my husband on Jam Cruise. I haven’t seen him smile this much in 40 years.” They celebrated their 40th anniversary on board… classy couple they are. In the words of George Porter, I’ll give it back to him, “May your grooves be phat!”

SuperDee :: JamBase Director of Production, Design & Whatnot

Brock Butler with The Disco Biscuits by Dave Vann
1. Annabel and Peter’s engagement during the awards ceremony.
2. Led Zeppelin conjuring the rain on the pool deck twice – once during Galactic’s cover of “Kashmir” and once during Umphrey’s McGee’s cover of “Immigrant Song” the next night.
3. Sitting in with Perpetual Groove on “Only Always.”
Honorable mentions / ties:
4. Brock sitting in with The Disco Biscuits for “We’re Not Gonna Take It” > “Run Like Hell.”
5. Steve Kimock sitting in with ALO for “Plastic Bubble.”

Andy Gadiel :: JamBase Founder & President
1. Annabel “Julie McKoy” getting engaged during the awards ceremony!
2. The Disco Biscuits first set (“Magellan” > “Above the Waves” water theme opener plus “Paul Revere” rap).
3) The Jam Room: The Kimocks (Steve & John Morgan) + George Porter Jr. w/ Martin Fierro and Karl Denson on saxes .

Aaron Kayce (Kayceman) :: JamBase Editor-In-Chief

Luther Dickinson and JJ Grey by Dave Vann
1. Luther Dickinson sitting in on drums with Patterson Hood for his not so solo set.
2. SuperDee sitting in on violin (and killing it!) with Perpetual Groove.
3. Cayo Levantado – our own private island. There is no hangover cure like the warm ocean, hot sun and Coca-Cola.
And of course, raging on a boat in the Caribbean!

Tanner Wyer :: JamBase Sales
1. Electing the shit out of Lot Dawg.
2. LEBO! (ALO)
3. Living the dream with friends. This boat is 100000000x better with people you love there.

Benjy Eisen :: Freelance Journalist (Rolling Stone, Paste, Relix)
1. Rendezvous at “ten to eleven.”
2. The Disco Biscuits late-night show on the pool deck; entire show.
3. Perpetual Groove “Ryhmin’ and Stealing” (Beastie Boys cover).

Mike Greenhaus :: Staff Editor Relix Magazine

The Disco Biscuits :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
1. The Disco Biscuits’ fan selected Pool Deck set (specifically the almost seamless segue from “Echoes” > “Above The Waves” and “The Great Abyss” > “Cyclone” > “Echoes”).
2. Brock Butler’s cover-heavy acoustic set, book ended by the post-jam space-rock of the Secret Machines and the proto-jam space-rock of Pink Floyd.
3. Patterson Hood’s somewhat acoustic, and somewhat less solo, solo-acoustic set.
Bonus: ALO’s bastard version of “Girl, I Want to Lay You Down” with members of Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum on our podcast Cold Turkey.

Aaron Benor :: Advertising Guru Relix Magazine
1. Perpetual Groove doing “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ to F*ck With” > “Samson rap” > “Rhymin’ and Stealin’.”
2. Matt Hogan singing “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” backed by Porter, Simon, Zach, Fuzz and Albert.
3. Umphrey’s McGee – “Dick in a Box.”
Honorable Mention: Craps table, 1/4/07.

Ian Neville on Cayo Levantado by Weintrob
Dave Vann :: Photographer
1. The Disco Biscuits set from the last night when Brock from PGroove came out for The Who song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” > “Run Like Hell. Then the set closer (Beatles – “I’ve Got a Feeling”) with Brendan and Jake from Umphrey’s McGee on the Pool Deck.
2. Burning McGee, when Burning Spear came out and rocked the “Yammin on the Yam Cruise” jam mid set with Rasta flood lights hitting the Pool Deck.
3. Sounds of San Francisco – Grateful Dead Tribute with members of ALO, HBR and TLG with Kimock, Donna Jean and Martin Fierro in the Opera Theatre.
4. All the epic Caribbean sunrises.

Michael Weintrob :: Photographer

Burning Spear and George Porter Jr. in the Theater
Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
1. Jen Durkin with Galactic on “Whole Lotta Love.”
2. Terrence Higgins, Tony Hall, Erik Krasno, Luther Dickinson on “Voodoo Child.”
3. Burning Spear in the Theater.

Matt Hogan
SCI Fidelity & Jam Cruise

1. Rock Star Karaoke – ME singing “Boogie On Reggae Woman” with George Porter Jr., Zach Gill (ALO), Fuzz (DBB) and Simon Allen (NMS). Wow.
2. Cayo Levantado – our own private island paradise.
3. Bass In Your Face Workshop with George Porter, Jr. Oteil Burbridge, Pete Shand and Todd Smallie.

Marc Ross :: Rock the Earth President & E.D.
1. Sounds of San Francisco Grateful Dead Tribute with members of Hot Buttered Rum, ALO and TLG. Sickest Dead cover set ever!
2. The Greening Snorkeling Excursion with Jeff Austin, Tim Carbone and Carey Harmon of Railroad Earth and Zac Matthews of Hot Buttered Rum.
3. Galactic and JJ Grey doing “Sympathy for the Devil” – outrageous.

Lot Dawg :: 2007 Jam Cruise President

President Lot Dawg :: Jam Cruise 2007 by Dave Vann
1. Being elected by the people for the people of the best party in the entire world, and sharing this feeling with my friends who actualized a victory to “MAKE FRIENDS! and LEGALIZE CHARISMA!”
2. When Dan, Dave, Zach, and Steve from ALO took the stage during Galactic’s Opera lounge set to belt out a classic lounge singer act doing – Pointer Sister’s “Yes We Can Can”, this song ended up as my Horoscope for the day.
3. During the debate I had a chance to answer a question that I thought had a simple easy answer. Debate Question: “What jam scene is the best, the West or the East? and Why?” All five candidates answered before me stating that their scene was the best. I answered “We are all one, there is no best side of the country and the best scene was right there on the boat all together, Jam Cruise music fans are the cream of the crop globally.” Apparently I answered on target as the crowd cheered in approval to my response, and it felt good.

Continue reading for Michael Weintrob’s Jam Cruise photos…



The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Tony Hall

Burning Spear

John Morgan Kimock and George Porter Jr.

Martin Fierro

Mike Dillon

Ian and Ivan Neville

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Continue reading for Dave Vann’s Jam Cruise photos…

Photos by DAVE VANN

Burning Spear with Umphrey’s McGee

Tea Leaf Green


Rock vs. Rock Journalism Panel
Burning Spear, Patterson Hood
Benjy Eisen, Aaron Kayce (Kayceman), Mike Greenhaus

Umphrey’s McGee signing posters

Todd Shaeffer :: Railroad Earth

Brock Butler :: Perpetual Groove

The New Mastersounds

Marco Benevento

Dickinson, Moore, Grey

DJ Logic


Ivan Neville

John Gutwillig playing Guitar Hero

JJ Grey with Galactic

Susan Tedeschi with Derek Trucks Band

Brock Butler and SuperDee

Umphrey’s McGee and The Disco Biscuits

Presidential Awards

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