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Artist Autograph Sessions

The chance to meet and greet the artists of KTBA only comes twice a year! During our two sessions, bring a prized possession you've had for years or a newly purchased piece of KTBA merchandise to get autographed by your favorite Blues artists. Artist participation in each of the two sessions will be announced that morning (and is subject to change) in your daily onboard newsletter and on TV slides around the ship.

Please note: Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd will not be included in either Autograph Session. 

Ask Sixthman

Whether you have sailed with us before, or you’re joining us for the first time, you’re bound to have interesting questions about the production of a massive floating festival. This is your chance to ask the Sixthman gang whatever’s on your mind about Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea, Sixthman, themselves, each other…or anything else you’d like to know!

Documentary Screening: Satan and Adam

When you're craving some down time while still being entertained, we invite you to attend a screening of the incredible documentary Satan and Adam. Grab some popcorn and watch this incredible story unfold.

In 1986, two musicians from the opposite ends of life met on the streets of Harlem. Against the backdrop of racial violence in the city, Adam Gussow, a young white Jewish harmonica player, and Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, an older black Mississippi bluesman, joined forces to blaze a new musical trail. Bi-racial blues. Po-mo blues. Whatever you want to call it, it changed their lives forever. Shot over 30 years, Satan and Adam showcases a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music at a time when America finds itself still deeply divided. 

Dust Bowl: Stories Behind the Songs with Kevin Shirley

Join Kevin Shirley (a.k.a. “The Caveman”) for an illuminating and exclusive look behind the songs on Joe Bonamassa’s album “Dust Bowl”. Kevin will tell stories of recording the album, details of the writing process, and share an in-depth deconstruction of the songs. His demonstration will include a breakdown of arrangements, isolation of instruments and Joe’s solos, and a playback of original multi-track recordings. The floor will be open to any and all questions you have for Kevin!

Gibson Custom Guitar Safari Showcase

We're pleased to offer the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with Gibson, the world's premier guitar manufacturer! Stop by during our two scheduled showcases to learn firsthand from Gibson Custom Shop expert Matt Hallum as he shares his insider knowledge on the special craftsmanship and other fun facts. Then it's "open play" time! Put your hands on the available collection of finely-crafted electric and acoustic guitars and pick, play, and strum these beauties!

Guest Jam Sessions presented by SWMG

Our KTBA artists aren't the only ones with musical chops on this ship! This is one talented group of people and we are excited to give you the opportunity to jam on stage with your fellow Blues cruisers! In addition to scheduled slots with provided backline, you'll find a designated "acoustic jam" area to utilize spontaneously throughout the entire cruise for pick-up jam sessions!

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

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

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


WHAT YOU PROVIDE:

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


HOW IT WORKS:

  • Once the schedule is released, 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.

 

Guitars Anonymous with Sound Wealth Management Group

Our sponsors, SOUND Wealth Management Group will host two mixer events to make new friends while indulging in common passions and sharing stories. These events will feature a selection of guitars from SWMG's impressive private collection which boasts over 40 rare, vintage, and boutique guitars. Guests are invited to bring their instruments and share them with other music aficionados.  

You can find more details about SOUND Mixers on their website (www.soundwealthmanagement.com) or by following them on Twitter (@SWMGsoundmixer) and Facebook.

Hoehner Beginning-to-Intermediate Harmonica Workshop

Our sponsor, Hohner Harmonicas, will share their passion for truly enjoying music with perfectly crafted instruments by gifting every guest on board with their own Hohner Blues Band Harmonica! Bring your new instrument to this workshop on board, led by electrifying harmonicist Dennis Gruenling of Nick Moss BandWhether you're a novice or experienced player, everyone's welcome to whistle a tune together.

Acoustic Mornings

Ease into your days with intimate sets from members of our talented bill during Acoustic Mornings. Listen to stripped down tunes 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)! 

Stay tuned for the announcements on which artists will be participating in these enchanting shows closer to sailing!
 

Paul Shaffer's Super Session

Paul Shaffer, the famed singer, composer, and music director, famously known from his time as the band leader and sidekick to David Letterman, is curating this once-in-a-lifetime show! Paul will spearhead the Super Session featuring Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, and many more of our talented artists for a jam-packed set. This super show can only be experienced on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea V!

Reese Wynans & Friends

Keyboard legend Reese Wynan’s distinguished playing has become synonymous with Joe Bonamassa’s signature sound ever since becoming a fulltime member of the band back in 2015. From jamming with the earliest iteration the Allman Brothers Band to his significant time with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese’s iconic status is well deserved of someone with such a storied musical career. For the first time in Reese’s five decade long career his world class talent will be center stage during the debut of his new project Reese Wynans and Friends. This KTBA exclusive performance will feature appearances from some of the biggest talent on board and special guests.
 

Reese Wynans & Friends will perform two identical sets, allowing everyone the opportunity to attend one of these special sets in our majestic seated venue, Stardust Theater. All guests will have an assigned ticket to either Show 1 or Show 2 printed on their onboard keycard. Seating is General Admission for both shows. 

Sunset Sessions

As the sun goes down over the horizon of the blue waters, you'll be treated to multiple Sunset SessionsPull up a seat on our aft-facing venue, Sports Court, to sit in the open air and enjoy live performances in the most beautiful setting. 

Stay tuned for the announcements on which artists will be participating in these enchanting shows closer to sailing!

Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa

 

We’re thrilled to bring Joe Bonamassa's just-announced weekly SiriusXM radio show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, to the cruise. Join Joe and special guests for an exclusive KTBA at Sea edition of this show! 

 

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 Pearl:

 

 

Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
Casino
Spa
Fitness Center
Jogging/Walking Track
Sports Court


*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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