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Published: 2011/01/09

Jam Cruise Day Five: Maceo’s Super Jam, A Mini-Meters Reunion

Music continued until Jam Cruise 9 returned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL at around 5 AM this morning. As the ship neared land, Wyllys DJed in the S32 Disco while many of Jam Cruise’s marquee names performed for the final time in Jam Room. Hosted by Steve Kimock, the jam segment featured an eclectic mix of performers, including New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich, ALO guitarist Dan Lebowitz, trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick and saxophonist Karl Denson, among others. In addition, Kimock offered a duet with Mickey Hart and super group featuring Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Meters bassist George Porter Jr., God Street Wine guitarist Aaron Maxwell, keyboardist Marco Benevento and Lettuce’s Adam Deitch (who took a rare stab at keyboards). Porter and Kreutzmann also revisited the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree,” a song Porter discovered and fell in love with by playing with 7 Walkers.

The jam session capped off a collaboration-heavy day that kicked off with a set by The Pimps of Joytime on the ship’s Pool Deck. Both keyboardist Ivan Neville and Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli showed their approval of the young funk band by sitting in during the set. Soon after, Nathan Moore and his songwriting partner Bryan Elijah Smith offered a short set on the ship’s eco-friendly Solar Stage that included their third version of a special song written onboard Jam Cruise. Cruise veterans ALO followed with an extended set on the Pool Deck stage that featured a diverse mix of guests: Mother Hips/Rhythm Devil Tim Bluhm, singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm and Living Colour singer Corey Glover. The Bluhms emerged first for a version of “Stick With Me” off Nicki’s forthcoming solo album (which features contributions from the members of ALO and Railroad Earth among others). Glover appeared later in the set for a take on Living Colour’s “Glamour Boys,” a song the members of ALO covered together in a previous incarnation of the band while in high school. Wyllys and Perpetual Groove guitarist Brock Butler performed a few yards away after and brought out Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins for a few songs. Wyllys also invited out a few “friends he met because of Phish”—including Hidden Track editor Scott Bernstein—to sing backup on a cover of Phish’s “Sanity.” Cummins also offered his own solo piano set in the ships’ grand atrium that included a take on “In the Kitchen” with Van Ghost’s Michael Berg on vocals.

Later in the day, guitarist Anders Osborne appeared on the Pool Deck with George Porter Jr. and Vidacovich, as well as special guests Neville, Nocentelli and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. (who made a rare appearance without his Mardi Gras Indian garb). The collaboration marked the first time Nocentelli and Porter—two of the four founding members of The Meters—shared the stage onboard the cruise. Meanwhile. Matt Butler conducted a special Everyone Orchestra performance for passengers who paid to offset their carbon footprint. The improvisational segment featured all four members of ALO, Jennifer Hartswick, the Lee Boys’ Roosevelt Collier, Steve Kimock, Rob Wasserman, Van Ghost’s Mike Berg, American Idol star Taylor Hicks and others. Near the end of performance, longtime jamband scene publicist Dave Weissman proposed to his longtime girlfriend Heather onstage with the band (she said yes).

The members of the Everyone Orchestra then marched upstairs for Jam Cruise’s annual “all musician photo” on the ship’s deck. The photo led directly into Maceo Parker’s Super Jam, which featured Parker and a rotating cast of musicians, including two other classic members of James Brown’s The J.B.‘s, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. A slew of others artists also appeared, including Nocentelli, Porter, Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Taylor Hicks, Big Sam Williams, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Eric Krasno, Lettuce bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch and The Lettuce Horns. The performance brought together multiple members of The Meters and James Brown’s band for the first time in recent memory. After an Awards Show where Big Sam took home the ship’s sit in award and Collier was awarded the “jammiest” performer onboard—Robert Randolph performed with the Family Band. The show found Hicks sitting in on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as well as Collier, Eric Krasno and Glover. Lotus then closed the Pool Deck stage with a midnight set that also featured Collier on pedal steel.

The Rhythm Devils and Galactic closed Jam Cruise’s entertainment in the Teatro Carlo Felice. Steve Kimock sat in with The Rhythm Devils throughout its set and George Porter Jr. emerged for a jam that led into a jam based around “That’s It For the Other One.” Kimock performed during both The Rhythm Devils’ sets as well as both of Bob Weir’s shows earlier in the week. Galactic—the only band to perform on each Jam Cruise—also welcomed a number of the ship’s musical passengers, including Collier, Big Sam, Will Bernard, Rebirth Brass Band’s Coney Henry and all four members of ALO (who sang with the group). Likewise, Glover—who came onboard as a vocalist for Galactic—sang on a number of songs, including Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”


There are 13 comments associated with this post

Dave Weissman January 10, 2011, 11:33:28

such an amazing week on board JC9! Unreal times – and a huge thank you to Matt Butler and everyone in the Everyone Orchestra for making Saturday the coolest possible day of our lives! Plus, I got to play some music on the mid-deck with Nathan Moore, Steve Kimock, Dave Bruzza, Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman (Of Greensky Bluegrass), and others, plus, even a tune with Jerry Joseph! (Yes, he was around)...Not many words can sum it up but “WOW”...2012 pre-book anyone?

Dan January 10, 2011, 18:21:05

“So, this proves not only are the writers here incompetant, the readers are too.” You mean because they make up words like “incompetant”? C’mon buddy, I dare ya, refudiate that!

dynomite January 10, 2011, 18:27:39

Befuddled, WTF! It may have been a typo but you don’t have to be so bitter. Just because you we’re home beating your meat instead of partying on JC.

JD January 10, 2011, 18:33:54

WTF Befuddled! A couple typos and you’re all bitter. Just because you were at home beating your meat and not on JC raging with everyone else you don’t have to be a douchebag. How about you make it on the boat next year so we can read your pulitzer prize caliber reviews…

Befuddled January 10, 2011, 19:59:18

“C’mon buddy, I dare ya, refudiate that!” True, I got nuthin on Sarah Palin, you got me there. Good one mate, I loved that comment! And it is true, JD/Dynomite (since you’re clearly the same girl), I was indeed beating my meat, reading reviews about JC and being bitter. Bitter that I go to so many shows during the year, I have to pass on JC…yes, it’s such a “problem.” But forgive me for expecting a bit more from the reviews and other articles, more than being riddled with typos. And if you think this was the first time, you clearly don’t come here often…No, this ain’t the NYT, but I would like to read this site for a week and not find a typo. Is that too much to ask? Lastly, no comments for the guy who accused Dave Schools and Jerry Joseph of doing heroin instead of playing? I guess that’s ok, huh? I’m bitter?

tallboy January 11, 2011, 16:24:26

Don’t know what you are talking about bizzle, Schools was in the jam room several times. He was watching JoJo’s sets and was very visible all over the boat. I personally saw him a ton so lay off the H talk, that is just shitty.

bizzle January 10, 2011, 08:29:49

........meanwhile WSP’s Dave Schools held himself up in his cabin cooking spoons with jerry joseph as the two musicians were hardly seen on JamCruise 9 aside from their performance with Stockholm Syndrome..

kevin January 9, 2011, 22:36:08

“That’s it for The Other One”

Befuddled January 9, 2011, 23:06:42

“thats the name of the song, goon” Ohmygod. It is NOT the name of the song, dolt. It’s Other “One” not “Ones”. So, this proves not only are the writers here incompetant, the readers are too.

Befuddled January 9, 2011, 19:53:12

“The Rhythm Devils throughout its set and George Porter Jr. emerged for a jam that led into ‘The Other Ones.’” “The Other Ones?” What else did they play, the Allman’s “Sweet Melissa”? Oh man how this site’s reporting has gone downhill. And I doubt that’s just a typo, the writer really thinks that’s the name of the song…and it’s doubly embarrassing no one caught this before it went live. Come on guys, get it together.

Scott January 9, 2011, 20:01:03

Congrats Dave and Heather!!

luke January 9, 2011, 21:42:59

thats the name of the song, goon

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