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Jam Cruise 2012: Four Big Mainland Shows at Revolution

SoFla Flow pays tribute to South Florida's wonderful jam-band, reggae, and related activity -- both the homegrown, heady, local stuff and national acts passing through.

As this new column sets sail, the annual Jam Cruise is about to as well. And you all know what that means: shows out the wazoo! We hope you're not too burnt from the holidays to rage like crazy this weekend, because the jam will be in full force here on land before it hits the high seas.

Friday, the long-established Donna the Buffalo will bring its eclectic brand of Americana to Revolution. As a kind bonus, the night kicks off beloved local Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers. It'll be great to see those guys on the Revolution stage, with the excellent sound system pumping out their goodness. Be ready to spin!

Then, Jam Cruisers Umphrey's McGee will be holding it down at Revolution for the rest of the weekend, with some special guests. Saturday they'll be joined by Toubab Krewe, who offer a unique and hypnotic, instrumental experience -- blending West African and American music. There will be instruments on stage that are interesting enough on their own, which in the hands of the five members of Toubab Krewe ought to become nothing less than tools for dimensional transportation. Sunday, the English funk quartet the New Mastersounds will be throwing down to open up the night.

To the folks who are heading out on the cruise on Monday, have a fantastic time. May the vibes float you higher than the sun deck! And to those who will be joining this writer in wishing them "bon voyage," I look forward to raging extra hard this weekend with you, picking up the slack of those who may be reserving rage force for their time at sea. To all, I hope to see you at the Post-Jam Cruise show featuring Galactic and friends at Revolution on January 14 and many shows beyond that. Generally, I look forward to all the ragement and engagement that this new venture may bring about.

As all fans of good explorative jamming know, one can never know just what to expect, and that's the fun of it. Indeed, expectations are the death of the jam. I believe it was the prophet Icculus who said, "The trick is to surrender to the flow." That'll be the approach here with this column, and we'll see where it goes. What can be expected is lots of good stuff, because what we have here in South Florida is very good flow!

Donna the Buffalo, with Crazy Fingers. 8 p.m. Friday, January 6, at Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $26. Click here.

Jam Cruise Pre-Party, with Umphrey's McGee and Toubab Krewe. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 7, at Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $32.60. Click here

Jam Cruise Pre-Patry, with Unphrey's McGee and the New Mastersounds. 8 p.m. Sunday, January 8, at Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $32.60. Click here.

Jam Cruise Post-Party, with Galactic featuring Corey Glover and Corey Henry, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Bobby Lee Rodgers. 7 p.m. Saturday, January 14, at Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35.50. Click here.

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Travis Newbill