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For everyone that has been following our adventures you should know that we just got back from our first cruise tour. The tour was called Sailing Southern Ground and it was thrown by the grammy award winning Zac Brown Band. There were tons of great bands on this lineup and we were honored to be a part of this trip. This was my first cruise experience so i didn’t really know what to expect. It’s kinda like being in a funhouse with wobbly floors and weird patterned carpet. There’s also casinos and a dining room that looks like a space ship. The deck had this pool that pumped water up out of the ocean and it was full of people all the time.
We had three shows on the cruise. Two of them being on the main deck outside on the big stage and one of them late night in the bar. The time had come to play our first show and the day was awesome. It was really breezy so that made our hair blow on stage, and when your hair blows on stage that makes you look like a pro. Everything felt good after sound check so they introduced us and we hit the first note of our rock show. The sound was huge and the breeze kept blowin. Quickly people got into it and we hooked em by the end of the first song. Obviously everyone was there to listen to music so that always helps. There was even this 60 year old dude in the front row, wearing a captains hat, that kept throwing bud lights at Justin. I guess he couldn’t contain himself from the rock that was being administered to his face. That night Micheal Franti and Spearhead played on the big stage. We all attended as well as participated in this show. James, Jenks, Justin, and I went to the top deck where we expressed ourselves through the art of dance while someone was having an epic soap opera “makeout in sync with the music” moment ten feet in front of us. Footage to be released soon. Mission accomplished.
The next day the boat was docking at the grand caymans so our show didn’t start until 7pm. Doody, Jenks, Justin, James, and I got up late but we were able to make it over to the islands for 2 hours or so. Aaron woke up early so he went over first thing. Doody, James, and Jenks took a taxi to the beach while Justin and I walked to this tiki bar for coolee cooladas and icee hammerheads. The water is so blue there that it looks like some kinda arctic blast powerade flavor. I was amazed so I just stared for a little while to clear my head. We finished our slushees and it was time to board the ferry boat to get back for our show. The show was rockin and we gained even more fans. It was so rockin that I almost form tackled Jenks during one of his guitar solos. Doody also lost his sunglasses from head banging. After the show I ate some long shrimps with tasty dip sauce.
The last show was a late show so we knew it would be a rowdy crowd. We played the center bar where everyone on the ship ends up when its all said and done. The show started at ten and thistime we had an hour and a half to play so it was time to bring the heat. We packed the bar out and rocked it to pieces. Members from Zac Brown Band, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Blackberry Smoke, Shawn Mullins Band, as well as many others were doin some fist pumpin in the crowd. We got tons of exposure from this trip and made many friends with all of the great bands that participated. I am four days back on solid ground and my turntables are still wobbly from all the boat rockin but it’s getting better.
A wise person once said “live every week like it’s shark week”
Today is a good day. And Labor Day weekend will be a good weekend. Because we are going on the ZAC BROWN BAND CRUISE! Pack your bags, we’re headed south to the Grand Caymans! To find out more about the cruise and how you can join us, click the picture above.
This is such an honor, and we are extremely excited and humbled to get the chance to be a part of this awesome trip. We will get to the share the stage with some amazing artists like the Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the Wood Brothers, and many many more.
Don’t worry, as a band with three read heads, we’ll bring plenty of sunscreen.
PS: Heres a quick overview of the cruise….
Sailing Southern Ground, a floating festival hosted by Zac Brown Band, will be home to 2000 friends that value family, food, and authentic music above all else. For those of you who have been a part of the ZBB experience, you get it. You know that emotional performances, spur-of-the-moment collaborations, amazing new friendships, and incredible stories are never far around the corner. Rather than a two-hour concert that you’ll talk about for a week, we wanted to help bring you a vacation that you’ll talk about for a lifetime. Join us for Labor Day weekend 2010, as Sailing Southern Ground will be bringing fans together from all over the globe for one hell of a good time.
We’ll be departing from Tampa, FL on September 2nd, 2010, visiting beautiful Grand Cayman, and returning to Tampa on September 6th. While on board, you can expect an incredible main stage show from your host Zac Brown Band, with many more musicians to be added later. When you’re not listening to pure musical performances, you’ll be hanging out with your closest friends on a beautiful cruise ship, lounging in crystal clear pools or at one of a dozen bars, eating in one of many on board restaurants, enjoying 24-hour room service, and maybe even gambling in the full service casino.