Sixthman Summer Road Trip Hits Miami Tonight

I've been fortunate to take a Cayamo Cruise three times over the past few years (here's my wrap from this past year). Their excursions feature

some of the best singer/songwriters and Americana artists on the scene

today, even though genres aren't so strictly defined as to exclude other

acts that tend to bend the boundaries. Organized by Atlanta's Sixthman

organization, it's akin to a floating music festival, one that lasts

seven days and spreads itself out over several shipboard venues. I've

seen Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller,

Richard Thompson, Brandi Carlisle, the Indigo Girls, Loudon Wainwright,

and John Prine in the most intimate of environs, but the opportunity to

catch up with the artists in informal settings -- at the pool, during a

shore excursion, or even as they scarf down their meals in the buffet --

makes for an incredible experience that can't be duplicated in the usual

landlocked concert environment. 


It's

noteworthy, then, that representatives of the Sixthman clan are taking to

the road in a bus tour that will hit various intimate venues

nationwide for the Summer Road Trip while spotlighting some of the artists that play Cayamo and

the company's other cruises. While the talent doesn't exactly qualify

for headliner status -- Chuck Cannon, Tim Brantley, Bronze Radio Return,

and Trailer Park Ninjas are among those being touted -- the tour does

offer an introduction to many of the performers that have become

regulars on the various Sixthman circuit, Cayamo included. 


The

tour kicks off with a stop at Miami's Transit Lounge this evening. Naturally, you can expect the company reps to be on hand,

chatting up the audience and encouraging those in attendance to sign up

for one of their many outings. Sadly, next year's Cayamo, set to embark

in February, is already sold out, but there is a waiting list for those

who want to hold out for a possible opening. However, with the recent

announcement that Lucinda Williams has been added to the 2012 lineup, I

wouldn't be holding my breath. 


"We just can't

wait an entire year between visits with our community, so we are going

to them and bringing artists with us," Sixthman CEO and founder Andy

Levine said in a news release. He cited a 2006 tour with the Zac Brown

Band that helped give the group initial exposure. 


Sixthman Summer Road Trip. Chuck Cannon, Tim Brantley, Bronze Radio Return, and Trailer Park Ninjas. 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at Transit Lounge, 729 SW First Ave., Miami. No cover. Click here.


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