Being hailed as the “Biggest Blues-Rock Party at Sea,” this music festival is celebrating its 5th year featuring Bonamassa and some of the most celebrated names in blues. Sailing from Tampa, Florida to Grand Cayman, 2100 of the most passionate fans will enjoy performances from some of the biggest names in live music, while discovering new favorites among emerging artists on multiple stages throughout the ship.
Joining Joe Bonamassa on the 2019 festival are a robust mix of new and returning blues powerhouses, featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Ruthie Foster, Samantha Fish, Larkin Poe, Davy Knowles, Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Monte Montgomery, Chris Cain and newcomer Sarah Rogo.
Once onboard, fans can expect multiple artist collaboration shows, activities with many Blues Alive at Sea artists, dozens of live performances by living legends and emerging blues talent, autograph sessions with select blues stars and opportunities to jam with fellow cruisers while sailing an idyllic Caribbean course aboard Norwegian Pearl.
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’s first four sold-out voyages saw the floating music festival sail to beautiful locations like Key West, the Bahamas, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Montego Bay, while entertaining over 8,400 passionate blues fans. The sold-out festivals raised a combined $334,000 in donations for Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which helps to fund scholarships and music programs for students and teachers across the country.
Sarah Rogo is a 25-year-old blonde haired and blue-eyed surfer who started playing guitar and writing songs at 13 years old. Unlike most teenage girls she spent hours listening to music in the local public library, where she discovered a live album recorded by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, ‘Alone and Acoustic,’ which she says changed her life. That’s when she first started singing the blues.
She was raised in New England, but Sarah moved to the beach town of Encinitas, CA, less than two years ago and quickly became a staple in the local music scene earning her a nomination for “Best Singer-Songwriter” at the 2018 San Diego Music Awards.
Earlier this year veteran artist manager and label owner Michael Lembo of Mike’s Management and Funzalo Records met Sarah at a local songwriter expo and the two clicked. Lembo signed Sara to his label and she is currently in pre-production for her debut studio album due out in 2019.