ATLANTA, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa, and Sixthman are proud to present Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III, year three of the incredible four-day floating music festival featuring Bonamassa and some of the most celebrated names in blues. This year's festival will journey across the Caribbean aboard Norwegian Jade on February 6-10, 2017, sailing from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico. Guests will enjoy performances from some of the biggest names in music, while discovering new favorites among emerging blues artists on multiple stages throughout the ship. From rare artist collaborations to intimate gatherings with musically inclined cruisers, the festival will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Joining the 2017 festival are Grammy®-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, Grammy®-nominated vocal powerhouse Beth Hart, California folk-rockers Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, modern blues phenom Joanne Shaw Taylor, guitar virtuosos Anders Osborne and Eric Gales, American roots sister act Larkin Poe, Blues Music Award's Best New Artist Album winner Mr. Sipp, and more.
Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman Band, Beth Hart, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Anders Osborne, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Eric Gales, Larkin Poe, London Souls, Mr. Sipp, Mingo Fishtrap, Honey Island Swamp Band, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Muddy Magnolias*, Blind Boy Paxton*, King Solomon Hicks*
*indicates Ignite Artists
Music enthusiasts can pre-register for the sailing HERE before cabins are available on June 23, 2016. Once onboard, fans can expect to enjoy three performances by Joe Bonamassa, multiple artist collaboration shows, activities with many Blues Alive at Sea artists, commemorative lithographs signed by Bonamassa, dozens of live performances by living legends and emerging blues talent, and opportunities to jam with fellow cruisers. Between fun in the sun in Tampa and Costa Maya, guests can get their kicks at sea aboard Norwegian Jade. Norwegian Jade offers Norwegian's signature Freestyle Cruising experience, along with six stages of live music, 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, an expansive menu of spa treatments and much more.
"We have some amazing return acts and some legendary new artists this year, including one of my favorites of all time, Gregg Allman; Jaimoe from the The Allman Brothers Band is bringing his jazz band, a great player named Anders Osborne is joining us, and many more new additions. It's going to be a lot of fun. And that's why we do it. It's all about the music and the comradery between the bands!" said Bonamassa.
As in prior years' sailings, 2017's festival will feature a special stage for Ignite Artists. The artists chosen for this stage are innovative trailblazers with roots in blues, taking the century-old tradition of blues music and interpreting it in exciting new ways. One of the missions of Keeping the Blues Alive is to foster the newest wave of talent who need to be heard by all music lovers and will carry the torch for the next generation of music enthusiasts. This stage gives these young, new artists a platform to introduce their music to a wider audience.
Video recap from 2016's 2nd annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: https://vimeo.com/165438651
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea's sold-out 2015 maiden voyage and 2016's Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea II saw the floating music festival sail to beautiful locations like Key West, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, while entertaining over 4,000 blues aficionados with performances by many of today's best blues artists, including John Hiatt, Robben Ford, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blues Traveler, Beth Hart, Ana Popovic, Vintage Trouble, Marc Broussard, Shemekia Copeland, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and many more.
The sold-out festivals raised a combined $75,000 in donations for Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which helps to fund scholarships and music programs for students and teachers across the country. Both festivals were such overwhelming successes that Bonamassa and Sixthman couldn't wait to sign up for a third in 2017.
For the Best available Cabins, sign up for Pre-sale here: www.bluesaliveatsea.com
Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea III begin at $999 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at www.bluesaliveatsea.com or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9170 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.
About Joe Bonamassa:
Joe Bonamassa has established himself as one of the premier guitar virtuosos of his generation, and distinguished himself as an incisive and compelling songwriter, a gutsy and soulful vocalist, as well as one of the most popular touring-and-recording artists around, averaging over 100 sold-out shows worldwide each year while amassing a body of work that spreads the already deep waters of the blues-rock form. Still in his 30s, the Grammy®-nominated bluesman has already racked up more #1 Billboard Blues Albums than any other artist in history – 16 and counting – and all on his own label, J&R Adventures. His brand-new studio solo album, Blues of Desperation, is a galvanizing set of 11 originals that landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, his highest charting yet. http://jbonamassa.com/
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 music education. 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 reaching over 38,000 students with over $114,000 donated so far. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in education and scholarships all over the country. http://keepingthebluesalive.org/
ABOUT SIXTHMAN: Since 2001, Sixthman has pioneered themed cruise experiences, creating intimate shared encounters for bands, brands, and their fans. We are proud to be celebrating our 15th year and the accomplishment of executing 94 festivals, hosting over 207,000 guests for 835,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artists such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Train, Pitbull, Paramore, Florida Georgia Line, Diplo, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and for brand partners such as Turner Classic Movies, VH1, SiriusXM's Outlaw Country, Walker Stalker Con, truTV and others along with Sixthman curated festivals,The Rock Boat and Cayamo! Our festivals at sea bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive music vacation experience with fan/band interactions throughout the voyage and in port. Our home ports of call include Miami and Tampa Florida with dream destinations to the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and the Bahamas. For more information, visit www.sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud. LIVE LOUD.
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