Cayamo 2014 – Day 1

Stay and Cruise in Fort LauderdaleDateline Feb 7 2014

Stay and Cruise in Fort Lauderdale.

Today is the day our cruise sets sail from the Port of Miami.  We arrived the night before, and stayed at the Hampton Inn on Sterling Road, Fort Lauderdale.   We waited too long to find a hotel closer to Miami, so we ended up here.  That’s okay though, as we flew into FLL anyway, and the motel had free shuttle to from the airport.

We made arrangements thought QLS shuttle service for a ride from the motel to the cruise port in Miami, so that process was pretty straight forward.The driver earns his pay navigating traffic we arrived at the terminal at about 12:30.

Elephant Revival Welcomes Crusisers

Elephant Revival welcomed us on board.

The line was kinda long, and it took about an hour and a half to get checked in.

When we boarded the boat at about 2pm, Elephant Revival was playing in the lounge.  Got to hear them play “Grace of a Woman” and a couple other songs, but it was crowded, kinda noisy and standing room only.

We checked out our room and had a late lunch.  We were going to listen to Bronze Radio Return @ the pool stage, but it was too hot for a couple of Minnesotans, so we headed to the Spinnaker Lounge to get a good seat for Joe Purdy.   Even the sound check was amazing.  Can’t wait to see him perform.

Joe Purdy and CJ Hillman

Joe Purdy and CJ Hillman

Joe is amazing.  I’m already fulfilled.  He played a few new songs, and several from This American and 4th of July.  Just Joe, his guitar, and his friend Christopher John Hillman on the pedal steel.  This is what it’s all about.  I have been listening to Joe’s music for many years, and have all of his albums.  It was a highlight to get to see him in person, performing less than 20 feet from my seat.

NOTE: We were not allowed to record the performances, so I have found similar ones of the artists on sites that I frequent.  So these are very similar to what we got to experience.

After Joe’s show we headed down to bar city and listened to Max Gomez.  He sounded really good live.  Beautiful version of “If I could rule the world”.  Max will be performing in the Spinnaker lounge later, so we’ll have to catch him there too, where the acoustics are better.

We hung out in bar city and got a good seat to hear Liz Longley.  She sang Bad Habit, Skin & Bones (if you choose your eyes during that song you’ll swear you are listening to Sarah Jarosz) and several other songs too.  I had heard that she is good, and I heard right.  Can’t wait to hear her in a spot with good sound.

Liz is amazing.  Seth Glier joined her on stage to sing a new song they just wrote together.  She did a really fun song called Dough for Dough. Graced us with “You Got That Way” and “Camaro”.

8:30 pm and it was time for a trip to the garden café for a quick bite to eat.  We wanted to head back to the Spinnaker Lounge to get a good seat for Holly Williams.  She and her band gave us a great show.  She’s a fine performer.  She played a lot of songs off her latest release, called Highway.  Her mom joined her on one song, and that was nice.

We ended the evening with a slow in the StarDust Theater.  The group The Lone Bellow did a tremendously bodacious show.  Very loud, lively, animated, fun and electric.  The crowd, though averaged age of 55, was loving it.  The Lone Bellow is normally a string trio, but Brian played electric guitar, and they had an electric base with them and a drummer.  It’s not what I was expecting, but fun nonetheless!

Off to bed at 1:30am.

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