Blues Is Alive On The Open Seas, Igniting New Artist Development



Aug 06, 2015, 12:00 ET from Joe Bonamassa

ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe Bonamassa's second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Music Festival has announced its final lineup of stellar musicians sailing aboard the Norwegian Pearl February 15-19 from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico. Joe Bonamassa, his fellow artists, and fans continue to save the blues with this amazing music festival focused on promoting talented music veterans and remarkable up-and-coming artists. Guests will enjoy four days of non-stop tunes and unparalleled musical collaborations that you can only find on the high seas with an incredible lineup of today's hottest blues-inspired artists including:

Joe Bonamassa

Eric Gales

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Johnny A.

Blues Traveler

Black Pistol Fire

Beth Hart

Davy Knowles

Vintage Trouble

Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith

Marc Broussard

Selwyn Birchwood

Shemekia Copeland

Jarekus Singleton

The James Hunter Six

Gary Nicholson

Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne

Jim Suhler


Little Hurricane*


Larkin Poe*

Brother Hawk*

Homemade Jamz Blues Band*

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These diverse artists were handpicked to join the festival and create a blend of styles all rooted in the blues – a genre that embodies our deepest emotions, passions, loves and fears. Each artist in this genre feels a profound responsibility to preserve this great music tradition, which is in line with the festival's ultimate purpose of keeping the blues alive for the next generation.

To further this mission, the festival has created a special stage for its Keeping The Blues Alive Ignite ARTISTS (artists indicated with an asterisk (*)). The tradition of blues music is just over a century old, and with each generation, young new prophets of the blues step forward. It is the mission of presenting partner Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to foster the newest wave of talent who will carry the torch for the next generation of blues enthusiasts. These cutting edge "Ignite ARTISTS" are the innovative trailblazers that will preserve the great blues traditions while interpreting them in exciting, new directions.

Alongside stellar music, the Norwegian Pearl will travel to Cozumel, Mexico, which offers a plethora of activities for travelers of all walks. Guests can stroll along tropical beaches, explore local cuisine, shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or choose from a host of exciting excursions offered onboard. A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a full menu of luxurious spa treatments, and so much more!

There is a limited amount of cabins left so book now! Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea begin at $875 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9170 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

About Joe Bonamassa: As Joe Bonamassa enters his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.  Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 16 solo albums in the last 14 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.  In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Blues Album, and with the release of 2014's new studio record Different Shades Of Blue, he debuted at #8 on Billboard's Top 200 (a career high) and received his fourteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist). In January 2015, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he headlined two sold out shows at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.

About Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation: 
Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire, but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within the music industry. Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball Strings, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and individual donors, KTBA has been able to fund music projects affecting over 21,000 students and over 200 schools since January 2014. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools all over the country, and soon… the world!

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