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As Monday night segued into Tuesday morning, Jam Cruise pulled into Falmouth, Jamaica. Most patrons spent their time exploring the town and other parts of the island, though a number of guests got the chance to see Positive Legacy’s Jammin’ in Jamaica benefit show featuring Everyone Orchestra with The Wailers, members of ALO, New Mastersounds, The Revivalists, MarchFourth Marching Band, Steve Kimock, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Kofi Burdridge, Allie Kral, Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman, Dumpstaphunk drummer Nikki Glaspie and a number of local Jamaican reggae artists.
The Wailers kicked things off with a sunset performance on the Pool Deck just as the ship began to leave the island. The group was then followed by the MarchFourth Marching Band, who had just finished leading hundreds of purple clothing-clad guest around the Pool Deck during the Purple Parade. In addition to the music, the night also featured a Tex Hold Em’ tournament that included a variety of fans and artists alike. Activity host Ivan Neville was eliminated from the competition relatively early, but the keyboardist stuck around to deal cards and mingle with fans.
Meanwhile, over at the Pantheon Theater, John Popper, DJ Logic, George Porter Jr., Stanley Jordan and Adam Deitch got some help from saxophonist Bill Evans during their super jam, which featured a number of excellent improvisational moments from Jordan and Popper. Robert Walter’s 20th Congress took the stage at the Black and White Lounge around the same time for a show that included a sit in from Eric Krasno.
Galactic, the only band to play every Jam Cruise, drew one of the week’s biggest crowds for their set at the Pool Deck, which featured appearances by Mike Dillon, Carly Meyers and Skerik, as well as some soulful vocals from New Orleans singer Maggie Koerner (the latter of whom appears on their album Carnivale Electricos ). On the other side of the ship, Robert Randolph & The Family Band were joined by old friend Krasno and Roosevelt Collier in the Pantheon Theater, while the Stringdusters teamed up with the same duo during their packed set at the Black and White Lounge.
Things got even more interesting as the night wrapped with a few sit in heavy shows. The New Mastersounds invited out Rebirth Brass Band’s Corey Henry, who is on the ship as a touring member of Galactic, and Trey Anastasio Band’s Jen Hartswick during their gig at the Pantheon Theater, while Conspirator performed with Lotus drummer—and onetime touring Conspirator member—Mike Greenfield, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams, Big Gigantic drummer Jeremy Salken and Roosevelt Collier during their set at the Pool Deck.
As is usually the case on Jam Cruise, the night’s Jam Room kept the music going into the wee hours. This incarnation of the project was led by Nigel Hall, who was assisted by a rotating cast of musicians, including Eric Krasno, Robert Randolph (on percussion and electric guitar), Nikki Glaspie, Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeans” Smirnoff, Kofi Burbridge, 20th Congress/Dap-Kings member Cochemea Gastelum, Ivan Neville, singer Alecia Chakour and her brother Alex Chakour, guitarist Billy Iuso, Trey Anastasio Band/Lettuce member James Casey, Dumpstaphunk bassist Tony Hall, multi-instrumentalist Ben Hovey and more, as well as members of Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Bootsy Collins’ Funk Unity Band. 10 year-old guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer also laid down a version of “Voodoo Child” while backed by a band of seasoned professionals.
Jam Cruise continues its journey to the Bahamas with sets from Thievery Corporation, Lotus, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, ALO, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and many others.