Since the 1960s, generations of fans have adopted outdoor festivals as the ideal place to experience live musical performances. But in recent years, the best American music festivals have moved onboard specially chartered cruise ships sailing from the U.S. to the Caribbean, Mexico, and elsewhere. One of the first and most successful of these, Roger Naber's Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, is now considered to be the true "Woodstock of the Waves," offering, as it does, the finest in traditional and contemporary music along with the same sense of "peace, love and community spirit" most often associated with late '60s rock festivals. At the same time, these "Blues Cruises" are a welcome contemporary refuge for artists who once performed in juke joints and Chitlin' Circuit clubs throughout the South, most of which have now disappeared. Legendary's January 2007 Blues Cruise to the Caribbean featured more than 70 performances along with 14 special guests. The cruise also featured daylong stops on the gorgeous islands of St. John, St. Barths and Grand Turk, two of which hosted additional concerts, and one a unique "blues wedding" on the beach. Deep Sea Blues is Robert Mugge's 2-hour portrait of that remarkable 7-day music cruise. The film is presented here along with 7 bonus performances: extended versions of songs by Tab Benoit, Otis Clay, Michael Burks and Joey Gilmore, plus additional songs by Duwayne Burnside, Murali Coryell and Jimbo Mathis. For all who cherish soulful music, humorous stories, and truelife adventures in paradise, Deep Sea Blues offers smooth sailing indeed.
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