Jam Cruise 8 will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on January 3rd filled to the brim with amazing artists and the band fans who love them. Today, we’ve got our fourth Jam Cruise Files column which profiles a band or musician scheduled to perform on the MSC Poesia between January 3 & 8. This installment of JC Files features bassist George Porter Jr. who will front a SuperJam on JC8.
Name / Jam Cruise 8 Gig: George Porter Jr. / Host of George Porter Jr. Super Jam [Thursday, January 7 - Pool Deck 5:45PM]
Bands: George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, The Funky Meters, The Meters, PBS
Past Jam Cruise Experience: Guest Artist (JC5), The Funky Meters (JC6), PBS (JC7)
2009: Tours with PBS & John Scofield and The Piety Street Band,
Hidden Track: Can you tell us a little bit about your experience on your first Jam Cruise?
George Porter Jr.: All I can remember was that I played a lot, music that is. My wife and I had a great time and I knew I was coming back the next year…we paid for our room before we got off the ship!
Hidden Track: What was your favorite Jam Cruise moment?
George Porter Jr.: The Jam Room – I was there all the time. There were some great moments in there, sorry they were not recorded, so you had to be there because it all just went away.
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Hidden Track: Are there any artists on this year’s cruise that you are especially looking forward to interacting with?
George Porter Jr.: There are going to be some great sets that are not on anyone’s schedule, like, my plan to get Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Adam Deitch and Troy Andrews in the jam room, that is a must (smile). Also, the Fantastic 4 set that I will be playing is going to be killing. On my second cruise, I did a jam with Mike Dillon and Skerik that was off the hook, again not recorded. Maybe that will happen again, (smile) and The Super Jam will be a set to be remembered.
Hidden Track: Do you have any advice for first time cruisers?
George Porter Jr.: Take it slow. You will get around to all of it sooner or later. Try not to burn out too early – there is a lot of music, food and fun. Also if you are there to get hooked up with someone for the rest of your life, they are there too.