Photos by Dave Vann via Jam Cruise’s Facebook page
The MSC Divina sailed past Cuba yesterday, as Jam Cruise 12 continued on its journey to Falmouth, Jamaica. The day’s music kicked off with a set from the Infamous Stingdusters, who welcomed Keller Williams to the stage for a few tunes. WIlliams then took the stage for a set that saw Steve Kimock and his son John join in for a couple of songs, including a take on the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of the World.”
Next, Anders Osborne and his band—bassist Carl Dufrene and drummer Eric Bolivar—came out for what ended up being one the day’s most exciting performances. The trio were joined, for the duration of the show, by Ivan Neville and guitarist Peter Stelling, who helped kick off the set with “Windows” and “Five Bullets” (Stelling is the husband of Jam Cruise’s Annabel Lukins Stelling.) Mike Dillon then sat in on percussion for “I Shot The Sheriff” before fellow New Orleanians Billy Iuso, Stanton Moore and George Porter Jr. came out for “All Along the Watchtower.” In what is bound to be one of the week’s highlights, Osborne and Friends were then joined by Cyril Neville for “Fire on the Mountain” as the ship sailed past Cuba with the sun setting over the mountains along the island’s coast. Most of the guest exited before pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier showed to help close out the set.
Stanton Moore Trio played an hour long show at the Magic Hat Solar Stage across from the Pool Deck while fans waited for The New Mastersounds. The British quartet was joined by full horn section for most of their crowded set, which also featured a sit in from The Motet singer Jans Inger.
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang was the next act to appear at the Pool Deck stage. The pair got some help from a few guests, including Mike Dillon, trombone player Carly Meyers and Skerik. Meanwhile, New Orleans rockers The Revivalists were joined by 10-year old guitarist Brandon Niederauer—hot off a Gregg Allman sit in before the ship set sail—in the middle of their set, while Dillon and singer Maggie Koerner joined them later in the show. All of this was taking place as Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity band rocked the Pantheon Theater with a eclectic lineup that included three background singers, a keytar player and a horn section.
Thievery Corporation took to the Pool Deck for one of the night’s most anticipated sets. The world music outfit performed with half a dozen different singers, who joined them for originals such as “Lebanese Blonde” and “Amerimaka,” as well as covers such as Sly and The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner, who is on the ship as a member of Conspirator, played a piano set in the ship’s atrium. Brothers Past/American Babies guitarist Tom Hamilton joined Magner for their intimate performance, which included a mix of originals and covers from the likes of The Beatles.
Unfortunately Pork Tornado—and Phish—member Jon Fishman got sick after New Year’s Eve was unable to make it to the boat, leaving the group without a drummer. Galactic’s Stanton Moore filled in for the absentee Fishman as the band kept things interesting with a grooving set. Over at the Pantheon Theater, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe worked through their Ray Charles tribute show with collaborator Zach Deputy, and the group even invited Annabel Lukins Stelling on stage as a background singer.
Eric Krasno Band held things down on the upper level before Lotus came out on the Pool Deck stage. The jamtronica quintet ripped through their material for a hour a and a half before inviting their friend Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic to throw some saxophone into the mix. In a surprising move, artist at large Roosevelt Collier then sat in with the band on pedal steel for much of the remainder of their set. Meanwhile, ALO’s Pantheon Theater show featured appearances by Karl Denson, Galactic trombonist Corey Henry and fiddler Allie Kral.
The music continued, even as Lotus wrapped up their set at 4am. The jam room—led by Meters bassist George Porter Jr.—kept things going with a superjam that featured a number of performers, including a horn section, keyboardist Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall and Dumpstaphunk’s Tony Hall Ian Neville and Nikki Glaspie. DJ logic also kicked off his session in the Galaxy Disco at 3am.
Jam Cruise will dock in Falmouth, Jamaica early today. Music will resume later with sets from Galactic, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, The New Mastersounds, a John Popper and DJ Logic-led superjam and more.