Over the years, the industry’s seen a great influx of music festivals, which has lead to a perversion of sorts to the typical medium: It’s no longer just a party in the field. Lately, a few fests have taken things to the sea, going down Lonely Island-style (hint: On a Boat!). Yet before the likes of 311 and Kid Rock were hired to serenade folks on the waves, Jam Cruise was the one seafaring festival you could count on. It’s the one that started it all.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the MSC Poesia sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 9th and makes scenic stops at Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica before heading back home. As for the musical entertainment, this year’s lineup is topped by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Keller & the Keels, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Toots & the Maytals, and Soulive.
Other notable acts include Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), Breaking Science (w/ Chali 2na of Jursassic 5 fame), and according to the press release — the final performance of Canadian electronic three-piece The New Deal.
Cabins go on sale Tuesday, May 24th at noon EST. Be prepared, as there are lots of cabin options to mull over: standard ocean views to swank suites with a balcony. Head over to the festival’s website for details.