The initial line up for Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean has been announced and it is a dandy that includes the likes of acoustic blues specialist Eric Bibb, roots rockin’ sisters Larkin Poe and fabled rock star Peter Frampton. Presented by music cruise specialists Sixthman and live entertainment titan AEG Presents along with Joe Bonamassa and the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, the cruise takes place Aug. 16-21, 2019 aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Pearl.
Also among scheduled performers is Joanne Shaw Taylor; her upcoming release Reckless Heart is scheduled to drop in Feb. 2019 so it’ll still be fresh when the cruise sails. Fans are likely to hear a take on the Whitesnake #1 hit “Here I Go Again” from guitarist Bernie Marsden, the co-writer of the song and a founding member of Whitesnake. Soul artist Curtis Harding, blues rocker Philip Sayce, Glasgow, Scotland’s King King, bluesman Ryan McGarvey and Alligator Records recording artist Toronzo Cannon will also be adding to the fun of the floating festival. Rounding out the initial line up is young bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, southern rockers Robert Jon & the Wreck and high energy blues, roots and rockabilly band Little Billie.
The Keeping the Blues Alive sailings most often take place in the Caribbean so fans have a chance to shake things up a little with the 2019 Mediterranean cruise that’ll sail to and from Barcelona, Spain with a couple of exotic stops along the way in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Valetta, Malta. Monte Carlo is renowned for its glitz and glamour, casinos and nightlife and its Grand Prix race; the hub of action in tiny Monaco has been featured in numerous James Bond films. Valetta is a World Heritage City with a concentrated historic district featuring lots of Baroque architecture. And while aboard ship, the newly refurbished Pearl has lots for blues cruisers to do including a spa and gym, casino, 15 bars and lounges and 16 dining options.
Besides the music performances, Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean will offer fans a chance to join the stars in various music-centric activities, including one activity each with Bonamassa and Frampton. Activities may include Q&A sessions, autograph sessions and even the possibility to jam with some of the performers. Bonamassa, who got his start at the tender age of 12-years-old opening for the late B.B. King, is also the founder of the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to fund music programs and scholarships for students and teachers who otherwise do not have the resources to pursue music education.
Pre-registration for Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean cruise is available now here.