Jam Cruise just announced their lineup for its 16th year, and we’re beyond excited to hop aboard the Norwegian Jade in Miami, Florida, for Jam Cruise 16, which runs from January 17th through 22nd with stops at Roatan, Honduras and Grand Cayman. As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill.Jam Cruise is always diverse in the music it brings to the table, and 2018 will be no different. Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, Naughty Professor featuring Chali 2na, and The Main Squeeze will all be in attendance to provide their funk stylings throughout the cruise. Jam acts Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Aqueous are all set to perform, as well as Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter Jr., and John Kimock, who will be on the boat for a performance by the beloved Voodoo Dead.However, guests should not just get ready for funk and jam, though there’s plenty of that accounted for on Jam Cruise’s bill. Keller Williams, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Lil’ Smokies will be providing more bluegrass-inspired sounds, while, on the other end of the spectrum, Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test, and DJ Logic will add each their takes on electronic music to the mix. Reggae and afrobeat will be readily accounted for with performances by Steel Pulse and Antibalas, and attendees can also look forward to soulful performances by Marcus King Band, Con Brio, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Robert Randolph, and Kat Wright. Additionally, special guest Ryan Montbleau, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Dan Lebowitz, Mike Dillon, Skerik, and Roosevelt Collier will be on-board for special collaborations and sit-ins.In addition to the non-stop music that goes down each year, Jam Cruise 16 has a bunch of special programs and activities lined up both on the boat and at its two stops. Pre-book cabin selections will run from May 10th through 12th, and the public on-sale starts on May 16th and 12 p.m. EST. Find out more on Jam Cruise’s website here.[Photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]
Brian Raab Glee Club director Daniel Stowe conducts the group in a rehearsal.Glee Club is a selective 75-person men’s chorus, Raab said. The group rehearses four days a week and has two regular-season performances per semester, he said. He said it also performs before home games during the football season.Though it is only a few weeks into the season, Raab said he is confident the new Glee Club “rookies” will perform well.“They’ll be surrounded by guys who know their part,” he said. “They sit between two Glee Club guys who know what they’re doing.”Recent alumnus Christianos Burlotos, who graduated in 2018, said he would tell new members to “embrace the community of [Glee Club].” He said he believes it is one of the tightest communities at Notre Dame and new members should appreciate that.Junior Tim Jacklich, another member of Glee Club, said the club is a big time commitment, but also a wonderful opportunity.“Buy into the club,” he said.Raab said some of the alumni traveling in for the weekend graduated as early as the 1960s.Sophomore Zach Pearson, also in Glee Club, said he has been busy preparing for several months in his role as the 2018 reunion commissioner.“It started fairly relaxed, and then things obviously picked up,” he said.Current Glee Club members will open the concert, then be joined by alumni for the second part of the performance, Jacklich said. Burlotos said the alumni have very little time to prepare for the event.“You come back, they throw you a binder and after an hour-and-a-half rehearsal you have a concert,” he said.Jacklich said there are a number of pieces Glee Club has been singing for decades.“The cool thing for all of us current clubers is getting to see which pieces are really well-known in the club,” he said.Burlotos said some retired pieces the club has performed in the past will be featured in Friday’s concert.“Some of the classics we’re singing, I’ve never even sang,” he said.The concert will also feature some current Glee members’ favorites. Raab said his favorite piece out of the concert’s selection is “The Water is Wide,” arranged by Glee Club alumnus Patrick Dupre Quigley.“I’m a sucker for ballads,” Raab said.Pearson said the Glee Club alumnus singing the solo for the concert gave its premiere performance in the early 2000s.For Glee Club alumni returning to campus, Burlotos said, their experience will be far different from other alumni simply returning for a football game.“The community will continue to last in that way,” he said.Pearson said singing the Alma Mater and Victory March on his first day in the club is one of his favorite memories.“It was my dream to join the Glee Club since when I first wanted to apply to Notre Dame,” he said.Looking ahead towards his own graduation, Jacklich said he will never forget his time in Glee Club.“It’ll certainly be a hard goodbye, but I’m taking a lot with me,” he said.Burlotos said he is sure that although the club will change with time, it will never stray far from its roots.“There are always those few songs we come back to,” he said.Pearson said he also believes the club will keep many of its traditions and repertoire for years to come.“I don’t think it’ll change that much at all,” he said. “We’re over 100 years old. The stuff that’s really good has stuck, and it’s not going to go anywhere.”Tags: Alumni, Concert, Glee Club, Reunion Senior Brian Raab, president of Glee Club, said joining the Glee Club became the cornerstone of his college life.“Without Glee Club, I don’t even know what my college experience would have been like,” he said.This weekend, club alumni of all ages have a chance to relive that experience. Over 200 Glee Club alumni will be visiting Notre Dame’s campus this Friday to join in the Glee Club Reunion Concert under director Daniel Stowe. The concert will be in Leighton Concert Hall at 8 p.m. and is celebrating the club’s 103rd year. Tickets can be purchased at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website.
Neil Warnock has revealed he failed in a bid to bring Tottenham striker Harry Kane to Crystal Palace at the start of the season. Until then he was used sparingly as a substitute and restricted to playing a key role in the Europa League group stages – the main reason Warnock felt a loan move for Kane never got off the ground. “I tried to get him a few times when I came here,” the 66-year-old said. “He is a good lad and you know what you are going to get with him. He is an exciting player. His first thought when he gets the ball is positive and I like players like that, who commit defenders. He obviously enjoys it, you can tell by the smile on his face. He is a good asset. “At the time, he was not involved and we felt there was a chance of getting him on loan. But unfortunately they were in that horrible cup on a Thursday night.” Kane came close to breaking the deadlock as Spurs lost 3-0 at league leaders Chelsea on Wednesday night and is likely to retain his place for the visit of Palace, who also go into the contest on the back of a defeat having slipped to a 1-0 reverse at home to Aston Villa. Midfielder Joe Ledley missed that game with a hip problem and is a doubt for the trip to Tottenham – as is defender Damien Delaney. Warnock admitted he has already drawn up a list of January transfer targets and, having missed out on Kane, it is a forward – with Andy Johnson and Kevin Doyle injured and Dwight Gayle replaced at half-time against Villa through illness – that he hopes to bring in. “I think we know we haven’t got enough fire-power,” he added. “When you look at the other teams they have all got main strikers to select from. I think the lads are doing as well as they can. We do need improvement in that area and we are looking to address that in January.” Press Association The Eagles boss takes his side to White Hart Lane on Saturday to face a Spurs team buoyed by the goals of Kane so far this campaign. The England Under-21 international has struck 11 goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s men but has only established himself in Tottenham’s Premier League side in the last month.