Mike Portnoy Announces 2014 Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise
The rock and roll cruise is becoming more and more of a presence each year, and the latest twist on this theme will be the 2014 Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise. Drummer Mike Portnoy and keyboardist Derek Sherinian are teaming up with InsideOut Music and Sixthman to launch the inaugural voyage.
The two rockers will join their frequent cohorts Billy Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine, as well as Transatlantic, Jon Anderson, King's X, Spock's Beard, the Flower Kings, Pain of Salvation, Riverside, Tony Harnell and Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, the Dear Hunter, Jolly and Next to None on this first trip to sea.
Fans can board the luxurious Norwegian Pearl ship as it sets sail from Miami to the Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas Feb. 18-24, 2014. The cruise not only promises 40 shows on multiple stages, but those participating will get to take advantage of activities, Q&A sessions, panels and workshops with some of the artists.
Progressive Nation Cruise founder Mike Portnoy says, "In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called "Progressive Nation" and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music. Well after a five-year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a four-band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed) Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation at Sea Feb. 18 thru 22, 2014. We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!"
For full details on the trek and to register for the pre-sale, visit the Progressive Nation at Sea website.