Down To The Sea With Music

Two very different music voyages made some noise this week.  “The Soul Train Cruise” revealed a lineup that includes KC & The Sunshine Band, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Gladys Knight.  Meanwhile, 311’s annual party on the ocean revealed dates and main support acts.

Photo: DeAnna Seamore
California Roots Festival, Monterey Co. Fairgrounds, Monterey, Calif.

311’s adventure tells you nearly everything you need to know in is title.  Called this is a four-day Miami-to-Jamaica adventure taking place Feb. 25-March 1.  It features the very first time the band has played its 1999 album, Soundsystem, from top to bottom.  Since the album’s artwork, songs and even the title were inspired by band members’ individual experiences in Jamaica, the cruise provides the perfect setting for fans to experience a performance of the entire LP.

“The 311 Cruise is just an amazing experience for us and our fans,” vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum said.  “The energy and unity on the ship is always incredible. We especially can’t wait to go to Jamaica this time and to play Soundsystem in its entirety. It’s a dream trip for us and our fans.”

Presented by cruise creator Sixthman and happening onboard the Norwegian Pearl, main support will be provided by Dirty Heads and Pepper.  Other acts yet to be announced will include comedians and DJs as well as bands.  Check out for details.

Set for Feb. 22 through March 1, delivers what the title promises – a top-flight roster of soul and R&B performers providing the soundtrack for a Caribbean voyage onboard the Holland American Eurodam.  In addition to KC & The Sunshine Band, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Gladys Knight, the trip includes performances by James Ingram, The Spinners, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Regina Belle, Original Fifth Dimension members Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), Will Hart of the Original Delfonics, a Las Vegas style Motown revue called “Hitzville,” Chicago’s music man “Uncle George” Daniels and comedian Alonzo Bodden.

Photo: Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP
"K-Earth Boo-Gie Bash," Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Calif.

The cruise will be hosted by Tony Cornelius, the son of “Soul Train” founder Don Cornelius.  Ports of call include Turks and Caicos islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas in the Bahamas and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

“Many times during the ’70s we appeared on Soul Train with Don Cornelius,” Harry Wayne “KC” Casey said.  “I only wish he could still be here to share this magic moment we are going to have on the Soul Train Cruise.  I’m looking forward to bringing our music alive once again, as we did so many times on the TV show.”

Reservations for The Soul Train Cruise are being accepted now.  Click here for more info.