Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing, legendary guitarist Joe Bonamassa, along with the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman, have announced the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II cruise. The cruise sets sail August 14 to 19, 2020 on the Norwegian Jade, leaving from Barcelona, Spain with stops in Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.
The cruise will feature blues musicians Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, The James Hunter Six, with more to be announced. They’ll be joined by just announced artists Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, King King, Jimmy Vivino, The Suffers, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, and Lakota John, in addition to New Hartford, NY native Bonamassa for this second European voyage.
Music will be featured across multiple stages, as well meet and greets with artists, and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from blues legends. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes, famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera.
Bonamassa has also announced the release of Live at the Sydney Opera House, featuring recordings from his 2016 performance at the UNESCO Heritage Monument. The album will include previously unreleased live versions of tracks from his No. 1 album Blues of Desperation.
Band members on the live release include Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.
Pressed on vinyl 180 Gram and including a commemorative booklet, the Double LP features the exclusive bonus track “Livin’ Easy,” and is due out on J&R Adventures October 25. Pre-order has begun and you can listen to the first track “This Train” below.
Live at the Sydney Opera House follows the 2018 release of British Blues Explosion Live, which marked Bonamassa’s milestone 20th #1 album, and precedes his latest studio album Redemption that took the blues world by storm later that year, bringing him his 21st #1 album on the blues charts.
In addition to Live at the Sydney Opera House, Bonamassa has a new studio album on the horizon, and plans to hit the studio this winter, following his extensive international and U.S. tour dates.
Fall 2019 Tour Dates
Friday, October 18 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Saturday, October 19 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, October 22 – Bakersfield, CA – Fox Theater
Wednesday, October 23 – Rancho Mirage, CA – The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage
Friday, October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Sunday, October 27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Tuesday, October 29 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Wednesday, October 30 – Wichita, KS – Century II Concert Hall
Friday, November 1 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall
Saturday, November 2 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Sunday, November 3 – Springsfield, IL – University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, November 5 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
Thursday, November 7 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
Friday, November 8 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Saturday, November 9 – Washington D.C. – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Monday, November 11 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, November 12 – Binghamton, NY – Broome County Forum Theatre
Thursday, November 14 – NYC – Beacon Theatre
Friday, November 15 – NYC – Beacon Theatre
Saturday, November 16 – NYC – Beacon Theatre
Tuesday, November 19 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Wednesday, November 20 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
Friday, November 22 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage
Saturday, November 23 – St. Augustine, FL – The Amp St. Augustine
Spring 2020 Tour Dates
Thursday, February 13 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery PAC
Saturday, February 15 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
Sunday, February 16 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, February 25 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Wednesday, February 26 – Pensacola, FL – Saenger Theatre
Friday, February 28 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Saturday, February 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Monday, March 2 – Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 3 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
Thursday, March 5 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
Friday, March 6 – Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square
Saturday, March 7 – Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square
Monday, March 9 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Thursday, March 12 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, March 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, March 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, March 17 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center
Thursday, March 19 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
Friday, March 20 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Saturday, March 21 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre