Dr lonnie smith
Mike Gordon Band
will blades / billy martin duo
Marco Benevento Trio
Mickey Melchiondo, Jr
Neal Evans Trio
Lee Fields and the Expressions
Aquarium Rescue Unit Reunion
B.I.I.G. (Batisite, Ivan, Ian, George)
Shmeans Expansive Consciousness
MIke Dillon Band
Robert Walter's 20thCongress
Eddie Roberts West Coast Sounds
artist at large: ?uestlove, Bobby Vega
What I like about this line-up is that it has all of the usual JC family, but in different bands / projects than usual. So it'll be a nice switch in set-lists. Obviously you had me at Ernest Ranglin and Dr Lonnie. I'd prefer to get George, Ivan and Ian on the line-up in some other fashion because I'm not a big fan of Russell.
How about this idea: you announce a usual list of bands with a disclaimer that none of the bands listed will play a set, but every musician will perform as part of no less than two bands or projects playing sets on the ship. The actual concert line-up is only released to passengers as they board.
Sail away party: Midnight Disturbers
Then in the theater: Jeff Sipe Band ft Felix Pastorius, Jimmy Herring and Will Blades
Late night on the pool deck: ?uestlove Selections ft Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, Bernie Worrell, Louis Cato, Karl D, Chali 2'Na and Mos Def
Felix that is a cool concept. If I understand correctly. You announce all the musicians coming on the boat, but nobody knows until they get on said boat what actual bands, past, present, future and in what combinations the musicians will perform.