For the tenth straight year, a boatload of hippies will be getting high as balls on the high seas aboard Jam Cruise. That is, as long as the bully authorities don't ambush the scene and gank their stashes like they did last year. This year's lineup is looking pretty good, but for real, it would be nice if the peaceful passengers, who will be dropping tons of money on the voyage (and illicit party favors), could make it aboard with their goods so that they can rage the vessel properly.
It's no secret that the jam community has lots of drug enthusiasts within it. So, it seems a bit unfair for the po po to wait for them to all line up to get on a cruise ship bound for the Caribbean and start busting them. Such action reeks of trickery, like the proverbial mustached creep in the white cargo van, calling the kiddies over for a sucker in order to achieve unholy thrills. Granted, most Jam Cruisers are hip enough to take precautions -- that's why only 15 out of 3,000 cruisers were busted last year. But those who avoided the handcuffs had to flush their valuable supplies and board the "trip ship" empty-handed. Bummer!
Well, here's to hoping that the feds, and local fuzz, direct their attention to more serious matters next January and let the kids have their fun. Either way, the ship is gonna be rockin' with the help of these stellar acts:
Keller & the Keels
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Toots & the Maytals
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
The New Deal (final performance)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Matt Hubbard & George Porter, Jr. w/ Steve Kimock
The New Mastersounds
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Break Science w/ Chali 2na
George Porter & the Runnin' Pardners
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Dead Kenny G's
The Heavy Pets
A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone w/ Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels & Nigel Hall
Tony Hall Super Jam
The Everyone Orchestra
Col. Bruce Hampton
Jam Cruise featuring Umphreys McGee, Galactic, Keller and the Keels, and more. January 9-14, 2012, aboard the MSC Poesia, departing from Fort Lauderdale and traveling to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and back. Tickets cost $799 to $2499 and go on sale Tuesday, May 24, at noon EST. Click here.