Past cruises have included John Mayer, 311, Pepper, Rick Springfield, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hootie and the Blowfish, Colbie Caillat, Shinedown, Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Train, Zac Brown Band, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and dozens of other artists. Here are several upcoming musical cruises that feature seriously large names in jazz, bluegrass, rock, pop, country, and more on some of the industry’s most well-known vessels. Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise Like him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Kid Rock knows how to party, and so do his fans. In March 2014, Kid Rock’s 5th Annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise” departs on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Key West for some craziness on Bourbon Street, as well as the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. The beaches of Great Stirrup Cay will be transformed into a “redneck paradise,” so crack those PBR’s open and get ready for let loose. If four nights onboard aren’t enough, there is also an option to book the “pre-cruise party” and stay an extra night onboard before the main events get underway. kidrockcruise.com/ PRIVATE ISLANDS: The ultimate cruise perk Jazz Cruises Holland America takes the concept of the traditional jazz boats of the Mississippi River to a modern level with a jazz cruise to San Juan, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, and a cruise-line owned island in the Bahamas . The week-long “Jazz Cruise” departs from Ft. Lauderdale in January 2014 on the Eurodam with a lineup that includes the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Bill Charlap Trio, Ann Hampton Callaway Quartet, Freddy Cole Trio, Ernie Adams, John Allred, and more than 30 additional performers. thejazzcruise.com/2014 For jazz fans on the West Coast who would prefer a sailing closer to home, the same cruise line offers the “Smooth Jazz Cruise” from San Diego this October onboard the Westerdam . The seven-night voyage includes the coast of Baja California, a stop in Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Artists include Jonathan Butler, DW3, Richard Elliot, Marcus Miller, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Chance Howard, and many more musicians. thesmoothjazzcruise.com/ Mountain Song at Sea (Bluegrass) In February 2014, the “Mountain Song at Sea” kicks off for the second year from Miami with bluegrass and folk artists like Steep Canyon Rangers, Trampled by Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Kruger Brothers, David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio, and many more.
Music in tune downtown for Staunton
3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY . “You just open your mouth in wonder.” Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde and Carson Daly also count themselves as fans. The Auckland native has two theories about why listeners have connected with her music: “There’s not a lot of reality in pop music sometimes. It can feel quite detached from people’s lives, and so that was something people appreciate about my music maybe. But also, it’s super, super simple, which is kind of refreshing.” Royals was inspired by the lavish, over-the-top lifestyle of hip-hop and pop artists. “I realized that lots of the references (in their lyrics) didn’t really relate to anything in my life,” says Lorde, though she does count herself as a fan of Drake and Nicki Minaj. But when choosing her stage name, Yelich-O’Connor sought out a royal-sounding moniker, inspired by her childhood obsession with aristocracy, “something that has always fascinated me. Everything that happened to a royal family in, like, the 17th century is just absurd, but cool.” She added the silent “e” at the end of “Lord” for a feminine touch. She signed a development deal with Universal Records at age 12 after an artists and repertoire rep saw video of her performing in her school talent show. But things didn’t really get going until she partnered with co-writer Joel Little and released her EP, The Love Club, on music-streaming site SoundCloud for free last year. (It was officially released by Universal in March.) She’s arriving stateside for an eight-date U.S. tour that kicks off tonight in Los Angeles, and her full-length debut, Pure Heroine, is out Monday (now streaming at VH1). “The (new) record is quite different from the EP, musically, in that I just have kind of grown up a bit since I wrote the EP.
Music can soothe the savage beast. Music can also make a good dining experience better. Enter John Huggins, owner of Shenandoah Pizza in downtown Staunton. Huggins has made it his mission to blend good music with pizza and a great ambience and provide rising stars a venue. With musical performances spiking in downtown, Huggins understands that its only growing and todays local talent needs a place to showcase their craft. So he is more than happy to open his doors to budding musicians in the Valley. Ive never seen musicians so busy now-a-days, said the pizza entrepenuer, who is also a musical promoter with Shenandoah Concerts. People are more hooked now than ever. Huggins said when he first started only two or three places hosted live evening musicians. Now, there are about six to seven venues along downtown. Patrick Berrang is one musician who appreciates being able to have a place to play. Berrang, a Waynesboro native, said there are more places to perform and larger crowds in Staunton than in the River City.