Jam Cruise

Let your freak flag fly!

jamc003I just returned home from the 14th sail of Jam Cruise with my husband, and I’m stoked to share this post with you! Combine Mardi Gras and New Orléans Jazz & Heritage Festival aboard a grand ship with thousands of music and art lovers in the middle of the sea wrapped into 5 nights, and you have the formula for pure awesomeness!

There was tons of activity all over the ship including around-the-clock live performances, games, workshops, classes, meet & greets, and more. You could even get married in the Jam Cruise Wedding. There was no telling who you’d see playing in the 2 a.m. Jam Room or dancing at the 3 a.m. disco.

Speaking of dance, I lunged into African dance at the Afro Fire Workshop under the musical leadership of Weedie Braimah and dance instruction of Andrea Peoples. I also attended the concert photography workshop with photo pros Josh Timmermans, Dave Vann, and Michael Weintrob. I learned about how they found their passion for photography, creative processes, techniques, and past concert experiences. Their work is raw, emotional, and compelling in different ways but effective just the same.

I zen’d out at Anton Mackey‘s yoga class with tunes provided by Motion Potion, and let my body recoup in the hot tub. On the rare occasions that I felt tired, Tony and I sat on our balcony and scoped the sea for dolphins during the day and star constellations at night. The food in the 24 hour buffet was hit-or-miss, but my favorite bartender Gary kept my cup overfloweth. I wasn’t ready for the theme nights that honored video games and The Great Gatsby, but I did have a cute dress for red night. The costumes were major and I absolutely loved how committed everyone was to their characters. A lot of jammers also expressed themselves by decorating their cabin doors in extravagant draping, star dust, and streamers. Tony and I enjoyed catching a show with Misha & Kate, owners of Good People Kitchen in Alexandria, Louisiana. I laughed when Kate said, “This is the place where you can really let your freak flag fly.” I couldn’t have said it better.

I got to see some of my favorite artists and bands: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Galactic, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Soulive, Dr. John, and Dumpstaphunk. The energy of the jammers was electric and I had the time of my life! Check out the video below to see a bit of this fantastic voyage from my perspective.

     Jam Cruise is a unique adventure you have to experience for yourself, at least once in life! Visit Jam Cruise online for more details.


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