Sunday, November 06, 2005

Hippy Bertha SaxMan!

Love this setlist!

11/5/2005 Fox Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
Bertha > Jack Straw > Dark Star > All Along the Watchtower > This Time Forever > Shade of Grey > Hell in a Bucket, Lazy River Road@, Victim or the Crime@brj, Brown-Eyed Women > He's Gone > Loose Lucy > The Other One > Jam* > Standing on the Moon > One More Saturday Night
E: Touch of Grey
Even deadheads do nanowrimo!
From the Chronicle

Artists find rocking the boat a good thing

Spud Hilton
Sunday, November 6, 2005

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Cruise Briefing

If you still believe that ships are just buffet barges for the blue-haired, shuffle-boarding set, I have three words for you: rock concert cruises.

At the risk of coining the term "cruisapalooza," the latest event that appears to be aimed at getting the MTV crowd onboard (OK, more like VH-1 in this case) is a music festival involving rock artist Dave Matthews, two Royal Caribbean ships, almost a dozen bands and a stage performance on a "secret" isle in the Bahamas.

Tickets went on sale last week for the Dave Matthews & Friends Caribbean Cruise Getaway, a pair of three-night voyages on Royal Caribbean's sister ships Majesty of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas (2,276 passengers each) that take place at the same time and make the same stops. One of the stops is a secluded beach on a private island in the Bahamas, where Matthews and his band will perform for passengers.

While at sea, featured artists will perform in the showrooms and lounges, play poolside acoustic sets and attend question-and-answer sessions, according to the event Web site. Other bands on the bill so far include Bob Weir and RatDog, Toots and the Maytals, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Mike Doughty's Band, Mofro, John Brown's Body and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

The Matthews cruise isn't the first to feature contemporary bands onboard (as opposed to big-band and blues artists). In October, the uniquely named Xingolati (Groove Cruise of the Pacific) offered 40 acts, including alternative circus acts, comedians, an alphabet soup of DJs and 18 bands, all geared toward a crowd between 21 and 35.

"A lot of artists walked around the ship, and people got to hang out with their favorite musicians," said Meredith Sloane, a spokeswoman for Xingolati. "It ran really smoothly."

Also, lesbian and gay travel company Olivia is no stranger to contemporary stars and large events onboard, having hosted Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Winona and Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as film festivals and the filming on an episode of Showtime's "The L Word."

If you're concerned about Royal Caribbean ships taking on 4,500, um, nontraditional passengers, take comfort that Majesty and Sovereign are two of the company's oldest vessels. At the pace of this trend, however, how long will it be before a Holland America ship hosts Burning Man? Hmmm.

For the Dave Matthews event, Sovereign and Majesty leave from Port Canaveral, Fla., and Miami, respectively, on Feb. 3 and sail most of the way in tandem. The trip also includes a stop at Coco Key, Royal Carib's private island, and a Super Bowl party. (No, there won't be a formal night.) Fares for the trip range from $1,000 for an interior cabin to $2,400 for a junior suite with balcony, per person, double occupancy.

For reservations or more information on the Dave Matthews cruise, go to For other events, go to and

Sea culpa: Several readers caught a goof in my profile of the Dawn Princess (Cruise Briefing, Oct. 23). The ship has two main restaurants, but one is open-seating and the other is assigned. Thanks for the catch.

On the dock of the Bay: Cruise ships expected at San Francisco's Pier 35 during the next two weeks: Dawn Princess, Thursday and Nov. 20; Mona Lisa (Holiday). For updates, go to and select the "Maritime" and "Passenger Cruises" links.