Photo Credit: Hana Gustafson
After wrapping the first official night at sea, Jam Cruise 19 continued on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a plethora of high-energy performances spread across the vast MSC Divina ship. From classic covers to jammed-out takes of favored numbers, the tunes flowed from the afternoon into the early morning hours, which offered passengers a constant stream of live entertainment.
With the midday sun beating down on the Pool Deck, Pixie & the Partygrass Boys embraced the day’s opening slot before The Lil Smokies followed up with their set, which included takes “Fortune,” “Decades,” and others, before ending their frame with, “Mending the Fence,” from their 2013 self-titled album.
At the same time as The Lil Smokies frame, Daniel Donato took a seat on the Garden Pool platform and delivered a seaside set. Following Cymade’s funky display on the Pool Deck, the party was pushed to the inner quarters of the boat in response to high winds and inclement weather.
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio rocked the Black & White Lounge, welcoming the crowd’s energy which was reciprocated by the ensemble who cut through choice material. A highlight of the performance included a monumental drum solo carried out by Ehssan Karimi.
While Neal Francis ripped into his display of elevated musicianship, The Word arrived at the Pantheon Theater. Robert Randolph centered himself on stage, surrounded by his impeccable cast of collaborators–Luther and Cody Dickinson, John Medeski and Rayfield “Rayray” Hollowman–whose frame included guest vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and virtuoso guitarist Isaiah Sharkey.
From spectacular displays of improvised moments to a mash-up of Robert Randolph & the Family Band’s “I Need More Love” into a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’.” Inevitably, the group capped their display with a pristine rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.”
Elsewhere on the ship, Doom Flamingo commenced their frame in the Black & White Lounge. During their performance, the Charleston, S.C., ensemble delivered a stacked set, which included a guest appearance by Little Stranger. Simultaneously, The Fearless Flyers lit up The Atrium, with Cory Wong ripping through a selection of numbers.
Next, as the night stretched into morning, Fruition ran through their hour-and-a-half set. At the same time, Karina Rykman kicked off her set, which included fan favorite, “Joyride.” Just as it seemed things were winding down, Andy Frasco & the U.N. hosted a certified party, which stretched till 3 a.m. Music continued for a few more hours as Shira Elias and Lamar Williams Jr. took to the Jam Room.
After the second full day of music, sets will commence again on Wednesday evening, following a day docked in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. View the musical lineup here.
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