From Feb. 25-March 1, making its way from Tampa to Grand Cayman, the Norwegian Pearl set sail on a mission: to prove that blues music is alive and well. In its fifth year, once again, blues-rock superstar and two-time GRAMMY-nominated virtuoso, Joe Bonamassa, teamed up with Sixthman (the premier floating festival curators) to bring together blues fans and artists from all over the world for an unforgettable experience.
This year’s adventure on the high seas, which Bonamassa noted as, “the best one so far,” highlighted some of the greatest acts in the genre and allowed fans to get acquainted with several of its rising stars. For four nights, blues cruisers had the opportunity to navigate their way around six stages, take part in Autograph Sessions, catch intimate performances with special guest stars, and, if their timing was right, run into one of their favorite artists just walking around the ship.
The lineup featured an array of outstanding blues musicians, most of whom played on more than one occasion. While Wednesday was reserved for the stop in Grand Cayman, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, were jam-packed with shows. The bill boasted artists such as King Solomon Hicks, Eric Gales, Luke Winslow-King, Black River Delta, Larkin Poe, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Walter Trout, Reese Wynans, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and, of course, Joe Bonamassa.
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