Solo Shots on Jam Cruise: Don’t Miss Out

We have become accustomed to the fact that most of the bands on Jam Cruise will play twice, which is important given the massive conflicts that occur each day. Want to catch Lotus, for example, but you have a severe conflict with one of their set times? You have a second opportunity. That’s the agony and the ecstasy of any festival with multiple stages.

There are several bands only performing once, however, so you should act accordingly.



One of the highlights of Jam Cruise 18 will certainly be the addition of Les Claypool, who will perform only on sail-away day, Tuesday, January 7. The Claypool Lennon Delirium have the second set on the Pool Deck (9:15-11:00), which will be a blast.

Equally exciting will be his collective know as Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz, playing the Pantheon Theater (1:30-3:30). He will likely have the usual suspects in tow: Mike Dillon, Skerik, and Stanton Moore.


Two of the Disco Biscuits will be on board this time. Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner will join Tom Hamilton and Mike Greenfield for their Electron collaboration. As they did in 2018, Electron will have the final Pool Deck set, Saturday, January 11 (12:00-2:00). That’s their only one.

Aron Magner’s spectacular piano trio Spaga likewise has only one set, Friday, January 10, in the Golden Jazz Bar (9:45-11:15). We were blown away by the power of this band at Suwannee Hulaween, with Magner on grand piano, Jason Fraticelli on upright bass, and Matt Scarano on drums.

Magner also has a solo piano set in The Atrium (7:30-8:15) on Thursday, January 9. Later that evening, head to the Galaxy Disco at 3:00 a.m. for DJ Brownie.

DJ Brownie


“If you want it, here it is, come and get it, but you better hurry ’cause it’s goin’ fast.” Just sayin’…


Feature image courtesy of Rob Roane
Videos courtesy of, Michael Hawkins, and Alec Woodroof

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