On Wednesday, January 17th, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that will detour through Roatan, Honduras, and the Grand Cayman Islands before returning to port on January 22nd. Yesterday offered up an exciting start to the week, with performances by headliners Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood as well as Lotus, Maceo Parker, Naughty Professor featuring Chali 2na, The New Mastersounds, Con Brio, The Marcus King Band, Antibalas, and more.
With three or four sets of music running simultaneously throughout the night and into the early morning, it was impossible to catch everything. However, here’s a list of six of our favorite moments from Wednesday, day 1, of Jam Cruise 2018. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more coverage from the Norwegian Jade.
2. The Marcus King Band’s Debut Jam Cruise Show At The Stardust Theatre
The Marcus King Band is one of the biggest up-and-coming names on the scene right now, and there was undoubtedly a huge buzz about the group’s debut set on the boat this year (we spotted Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes, Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman, and Robert Randolph during the set). For the performance, frontman Marcus King was fully dialed in, showing off both his insanely soulful voice and immense guitar shredding abilities. However, the group of musicians he’s collected is nothing to scoff at, as they easily held their own against the star power of the band’s young namesake.
The Marcus King Band’s set showed off the group’s versatility, as the band easily navigated more hard-and-heavy rock stylings and heartfelt takes on the blues. One of the standout moments of the set was the band’s use of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s iconic “Ohio” as a springboard into a shred-heavy guitar solo.
See the full list at LiveForLiveMusic.com