Next year’s third edition of the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea “floating music festival,” co-presented by blues figurehead Joe Bonamassa, will feature Gregg Allman on its bill. The cruise sails from Tampa, Florida on 6 February, 2017, travelling to Costa Maya, Mexico.
The voyage will feature a combination of established and up-and-coming talent, one-off artist collaborations and intimate performances. Also on board will be current blues-rock notables Beth Hart and Joanne Shaw Taylor, Americana sister duo Larkin Poe, guitar virtuosos Anders Osborne and Eric Gales and emerging names such as Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and Mr. Sipp.
Beyond Allman, the cruise will have another Allman Brothers Band connection in the form of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Other artists include Eric Gales, Blind Boy Paxton and London Souls.
Cabins for the event will be available on 23 June, but blues fans can pre-register here. The ship, the Norwegian Jade, will offer six stages of live music, 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, an expansive menu of spa treatments and much more.
“We have some amazing return acts and some legendary new artists this year,” says Bonamassa, “including one of my favourites of all time, Gregg Allman; Jaimoe from the The Allman Brothers Band is bringing his jazz band, a great player named Anders Osborne is joining us, and many more new additions. It’s going to be a lot of fun. And that’s why we do it. It’s all about the music and the comradery between the bands!” said Bonamassa.