News on Relix, SARS/Toronto, Jam Cruise

HaynesNoted jam band magazine Relix will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a concert in New York's Central Park. To be held at the park's Rumsey Playfield, the show will feature two-hour sets by Gov't Mule and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Tickets are priced at $30 and are on sale today (May 9) via Ticketmaster.

Gov't Mule has a handful of festival performances on its itinerary across the next several months, including an Aug. 8 performance at Bonnaroo NE in Calverton, N.Y., and an Aug. 30 set during the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Group leader Warren Haynes will also indulge in a few upcoming solo performances: June 15 at Tennessee's second Bonnaroo fest, and Aug. 15 on the opening night of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ThraxTwo more groups have cancelled or postponed appearances in Toronto due to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). British rock group the Coral has cancelled its Monday (May 12) concert at the city's Opera House due to the situation, while heavy metal band Anthrax nixed an in-store promotional meet-and-greet appearance set for the same day. Anthrax, currently on tour with Motorhead, will honor other promotional engagements in the city.

The cancellations join a growing list of artists who have cancelled shows or appearances in Toronto, including Billy Joel, Elton John, Concrete Blonde, Bright Eyes, Lisa Marie Presley, and Kelly Clarkson. SARS is responsible for 23 deaths in the Toronto area.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

CarlosJam band fans can set sail Jan. 6-10 when a chartered cruise ship sets out from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the inaugural Jam Cruise, with performances by multiple bands and room for 800 fans. The four-day, four-night cruise will host Galactic, Keller Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Supreme Beings of Leisure, DJ Z-Trip, and more jam band favorites.

The cruise will dock in the Bahamas and Key West, and will feature traditional cruise attractions such as casinos, dining, and spa facilities, as well as boasting three stages -- an outdoor one on the top deck, and indoor theater, and a small nightclub. Passengers can choose between 22 concerts, plus all-night jam sessions. The show admission is included in the package price, ranging from $500 to $1025 per person. For more information, visit the cruise's official Web site

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.