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Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer: Nerdville at Sea Edition

Joe Bonamassa will join Norm Harris of the legendary guitar shop, Norman's Rare Guitars, as they entertain and delight us with stories about their adventures collecting these prized pieces and guitar obsessions.

This year's special twist will dive into all things NERDVILLE! Our hosts will take you behind the scenes through Joe's home collection so you can experience this slice of guitar nerd heaven!

Meet The Parents

Join Joe with his parents and Roy Weisman with his dad as they tell us the stories behind their humble beginnings while recalling the first meeting between a young Joe and Roy and Eliot Weisman. We will also hear amazing stories from Eliot’s storied career as Frank Sinatra’s manager. Don’t miss this intimate and candid session about a time in their lives that will entertain any fan of music.

Off The Record with Black Country Communion

Join us for an intimate, in-depth conversation with Black Country Communion that you won't experience anywhere else. This incredibly rare hour getting up-close-and-personal with the band will feature stories ranging from the very beginning to the resurrection of Black Country Communion and beyond. And who better to host this super group on stage than the one and only Kevin Shirley! "The Caveman" has produced work for BCC, Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, and Journey...just to name a few!

Audience members will have the chance to ask a few questions of their own, so come prepared. This exclusive experience is bound to provide some never-before-heard tales!

Acoustic Mornings

Last year's artists and guests loved Acoustic Mornings so much, we had to do it again! Ease into your days with sessions featuring handpicked artists from our talented roster. Listen to stripped down sets while sipping on a free cup o’ Joe. We’re pleased to welcome back our sponsor, Monin, to add gourmet splashes of flavor to our coffee (and cocktails)!



9:30am-10:15am The Bros. Landreth

10:45am-11:30am Greyhounds


9:30am-10:15am The Steepwater Band

10:45am-11:30am Matt Andersen 

Sunset Sessions

Pull up a seat in the "backyard" for these intimate shows on the very back of the ship that will take place as the sun sets over the horizon. If you thought you'd seen it all as an alumni of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea, we're excited to introduce this brand new venue to you!

Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith Super Jam

This Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea tradition returns with our jam masters Kirk Fletcher and Josh Smith. They’ll be joined by a who's who list of surprise artists for a show packed with Blues favorites. 


The Marcus King Band & Friends

Marcus King will spearhead this Pool Deck sailaway set and he’s bringing a few friends along with him!  Steeped in southern roots, this jam-packed set will pay homage to the spirit of the Blues and its southern glory. Old school and new school will collide for an unforgettable celebration of music and song.

Stories & Songs with Luther Dickinson and Friends

Join Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars and friends as they dig deep into the Blues. The artists will perform in-the-round sharing their favorite stories, songs, and inspirations delivering an intimate look inside their respective songwriting processes.

Guest Jam Sessions with Backline

What kind of Blues Alive at Sea would it be if we didn’t give YOU a chance to showcase your musical chops? We’ve got stage time and backline set aside for you to jam out with your fellow cruisers.

Here's are some important details about how to participate:


  • Backline
  • Microphones
  • Keyboard
  • Electric Guitar
  • Electric Bass
  • Drum Kit
  • Production assistance + Sixthman crew on hand to help you get signed up and settled in



  • Your OWN guitar or bass (if you don't want to borrow ours)
  • Drum sticks
  • Harmonica
  • Super amazing Blues talent!



  • On the schedule, you'll see a designated time to sign up for one (or more) time slots during the three scheduled sessions. 
  • Find the Sixthman staffer with the sign up sheets. They can help you out. We will do our best to match you with other cruisers, or to sign up your whole group.
  • Time slots are first come, first served.
  • Share the wealth! There are only so many time slots to go around.
  • Once you've signed up for a spot, we'll give you a card with the date and time to help you remember. If you miss your time slot, we'll give it away to someone else. (But we will definitely try to fit you in elsewhere.)
  • If the slots are full, we encourage you to come to the session anyway! There's a chance a spot will open up.


Documentary Screening: I AM BLUES

Grab some popcorn and chill out during this incredible Blues documentary, 

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil' Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. 

Guitar Workshop with Johnny A.

Whether you’re a guitar pro or a novice, you’re bound to enjoy this time with legendary guitarist Johnny A. Storytelling and technique meet classic rock for a guitar workshop you won’t find on land! You might even hear tales of his time spent with the Yardbirds.

Autograph Sessions

Bring a prized possession you've had for years, or your newest Blues Alive at Sea merchandise purchase, and get it autographed by your favorite Blues artists. Artist participation in each of the two sessions will be announced that morning in your daily onboard newsletter and on TV slides around the ship.

Please note: Joe Bonamassa and Black Country Communion will not be included in either Autograph Session. 1 item per guest. 

Ask Sixthman

This is your chance to find out what goes into the planning and execution of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea! The crew behind this floating festival at sea (and others!), Sixthman, will host a live Q&A. Ask us questions, share whatever's on your mind, or simply grab a seat and listen!


More Amenities

Along with tons of musical performances, there will be great activities to be announced closer to sailing! In addition to programming that we'll plan especially for this event, guests can enjoy the following amenities on Norwegian Jade: swimming pool & hot tubs, casino, spa, fitness center, jogging/walking track, and much more!

*Please note - due to the unique nature of this event, we may have to close certain venues and rooms unexpectedly. In the event that we need to close any of these areas we will notify guests as soon as possible. At times, notification may not be public until guests have arrived on board. 

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