010720 Jamcruise I

By the time 2019 rolled around Jamcruise had been going on for seventeen years and it had been on my radar for about half that time. Of course a cruise stacked with solid live music playing virtually around the clock was right up my alley, but it seemed like every year the dates conflicted with my regular gig at the National Arts Centre, so I always had to give it a pass. But early in the year I had noticed that the dates for Jamcruise 18 meshed perfectly with my calendar…

050314 Dr. John Tribute, New Orleans, LA

The lineup for this amazing tribute concert was scheduled to include the likes of Mavis Staples, Jimmie Vaughan, Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Warren Haynes and so many more, not to mention the man himself, Dr. John…

032816 George Porter Jr., New Orleans, LA

If you’re ever in New Orleans you’ve got to get to the Maple Leaf Bar for a show. There’s nothing classy about the classic dive but it’s been a live music institution for the last forty years or so in a town that knows its live music. On March 28th, 2016 I took my own advice and hopped the iconic St. Charles streetcar far from the French Quarter to the nondescript venue…

011120 Jamcruise V

January 11th, 2020 was the fifth and final day of the luxury sea-cruise of groove that is Jamcruise, and with a rare full sleep under my belt I tried to make the most of it. I started the day with a little yin-yang: a workout up in the gym followed by an hour munching on croissants and cheese in the cafeteria. It’s all about balance…