Jam Cruise 18

Positive Legacy Recap from Jam Cruise 18


Positive Legacy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Working in conjunction with Cloud 9 Adventures, Positive Legacy coordinates service projects for destination events in many different countries. Fueled by the power of music, and a passion for sustainability, Positive Legacy strives to transcend cultural boundaries by learning about the needs and aspirations of the communities we visit and serving them with action from musicians and fans!

Recap of Day of Service & Community Celebration

A huge thank you to the many artists and fans that participated  in the Day of Service and Ecological Conservation in Costa Maya, Mexico! We disembarked with over 115 cruisers, and traveling by bus to a turtle nesting beach. Upon arrival it began to rain heavily, but we persevered and divided into groups where we picked up different types of trash that had washed ashore. Guests found items from all over the world, and items we all use daily. From toothbrushes, flip flops, milk jugs, bottle caps, rope, plastic utensils, the list goes on and on. It was an incredibly impactful day that inspired everyone to take a look at their own daily habits and begin to think about how to reduce their individual plastic consumption. It is a global issue and only together can we begin to create cleaner oceans and healthier environments. 


After picking up over 2500 pounds of trash in 35 minutes we traveled back to town to the Nacional Beach Club, where we enjoyed fresh locally made lunch, and live music from special guests Moe., Nicki Blhum, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, and the Kitchen Dwellers. The beautiful blues of the oceans created an unforgettable background for a beautiful day of giving back, and coming together to celebrate the power of the collective and a future we want to believe in!  


Positive Legacy gave Menos Plastico es Fantastico a $20,000 grant to continue with beach cleanups for 52 weeks in natural areas all around the southern Yucatan.

Positive Legacy Charity Auction

We would like to thank everyone who participated and bid in our charity auction, and are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $31,000 this year! Guests put countless hours into creating one-of-a-kind items, artists made donations and musicians dedicated their time to signing items curated by the team.


A special thanks to Your Rocktioneer Seth Weiner and of course Josh Timmermans and Dave Vann for the amazing photography they donate each and every year.


Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s continued environmental & humanitarian projects.

Positive Legacy Celebration with Everyone Orchestra

A heartfelt thank you to Matt Butler for orchestrating an improvisational masterpiece at our Positive Legacy celebration with the Conscious Cruisers! The lineup was off the charts and the music you all created was inspirational and uplifting...just what Jam Cruise is all about. Thank you all for taking time out of your trip to support Positive Legacy!


Samantha Fish

Steve Kimock

Holly Bowling (Ghost Light) 

John Kimock (Mike Gordon)

Lebo (ALO)  

Karina Rykman (Marco Benevento)

Jay Starling (Love Canon)

Leo Pellegrino (Too Many Zoos) 

Matt Doe (Too Many Zoos) 

Ian Gray (Cory Wong)  

Greg Ormont (PPPP)  

Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) 

Shira Elias (Turkuaz) 

Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo)   

Annual Ivan Neville Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

What a crew! In the spirit of all things Jam Cruise, thank you to ALL the winners of the Ivan Neville Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. You all made this afternoon one for the books! 

PINGO w/ Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Many thanks to everyone who joined us with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for all the shenanigans at PINGO. A fun time was had by all and funds raised support grants in the region and the Positive Legacy programs.

Hurricane Dorian Has Passed & Our Work Has Begun

In response to Hurricane Dorian and Positive Legacy’s visit to the Bahamas on Jam Cruise 18, we invite you to join us in providing a little HOPE to the communities that were devastated by this hurricane a few short weeks ago. Although we don’t hear much about the ongoing recovery process in the news these days, the need is great in the communities that were devastated by the storms. We are proud to partner with Cloud 9 Adventures and All Hands and Hearts to help the locals rebuild. HOPE STARTS HERE!

Due to matching funds, every $1 donated turns into $2 in relief funds.

Carbon Offset - Trees, Water & People

Thank you Jam Cruise patrons who traveled responsibly, by helping us offset the emissions impact which our wonderful cruise boat outputs. It is not too late to contribute $15 to make your positive impact!


Since our partnership began in 2007, we have planted over 200,000 trees that sequester CO2 and have provided 500 clean cookstoves to reduce emissions from cooking with firewood, improving family health. We appreciate those that donated $15 to the carbon offset program, helps us fund these initiatives in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, providing the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. 


If you were unable to offset you footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to still feel empowered to leave your own Positive Legacy from Jam Cruise by visiting treeswaterpeople.org to make a donation, because every party has an impact!  

Jam Cruise 17

Positive Legacy Recap on Jam Cruise 17

Community Baboon Sanctuary Day of Service and Cultural Exchange in Belize

Thank you to the many artists and fans that engaged in the Day of Service and Community Connection in Belize! We had such a great time visiting the protected space, comprised of 7 villages that voluntarily work to protect the wildlife.  We enjoyed the nature tour, learning about the local flora, fauna and the history of the village people who have lived harmoniously with the howler monkeys (called baboons by the locals).  We worked hard to improve the Community’s welcome center and primary school: landscaping of the Museum welcome center, painting buildings, laying piping for new plumbing, mixing and pouring concrete for a new pathway to make the facility more accessible and leveling surfaces.


After our work we enjoyed a delicious, locally sourced lunch. We celebrated with the primary and high school students and enjoyed music from Daniel Rodriguez, Turkuaz and local musicians who run a nonprofit, Drums Not Guns. The memories of dancing and conga line still make us feel warm inside!


We are grateful that our $5,000 grant funds provided to the CBS Women's Conservation Group (CBSWCG), is being put to use. It is being awarded as micro grant funding to local entrepreneurs that align with the organization’s mission.

About the Community Baboon Sanctuary


Since 1985, the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) has been working to achieve five main goals: conservation, education, research, ecotourism, and community development. Since the inception of the CBS, howler monkey populations have increased 460% to 590% and the total population of howlers in the CBS is 4,500 – 5,500 monkeys.


Since 1998 the CBS has been managed by the CBS Women's Conservation Group (CBSWCG). The CBSWCG is a non-profit organization that conserves the natural resources of the Community Baboon Sanctuary through education, eco-cultural tourism, scientific research, promotion of cottage industries for the socio-economic benefit of the communities and ecological integrity of the Belize River Valley area. Over the years the CBSWCG has created direct and indirect economic opportunities for many families who sustain their income from tour guiding, home stays, cultural entertainment, food preparation, and the sale of local crafts. 


The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is unlike any other protected area or wildlife sanctuary in Belize. The nature of the CBS exists because of the long-held cultural appreciation for the black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) by the people that co-inhabit the region. Villagers in the Belize River Valley have very rarely ever hunted howlers for food and rarely engaged in capturing them for pets or the pet trade. In fact, there is a deep-seated appreciation and enjoyment of the howlers and they have become part of the fabric of the rural lifestyle along the Belize River.


Thus, humans and black howlers have been co-existed in the Belize River Valley for generations. The CBS has stood for 33 years as an example of community-based conservation that helped to define a whole new category of protected area in Belize and globally. More importantly, the CBS has had a catalytic effect on rural communities in Belize, Belizean NGOs and the Government of Belize. This catalytic impact led to a wave of community-based conservation and ecotourism projects across Belize in the 1986 to present, and spawned the development of co-management agreements nationwide. CBS is a proud member of the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO). APAMO is Belize’s leading network of non-governmental conservation organizations that seeks to influence and encourage the Belizean society to safeguard the integrity and diversity of Belize’s protected areas system and to ensure that any use of Belize’s natural resources is sustainable.


For more information, check out CBS’s website: http://www.belizehowlermonkeys.org/

Positive Legacy Charity Auction w/ The Sweet Lillies

We would like to thank everyone who participated and bid in our charity auction, helping us raise $27,700 for our grant funding! Winners of the silent auction took home autographed photos donated by Dave Vann  & Josh Timmermans, custom psychedelic pieces by Stanley Wellington, Jarred Trantham’s custom Lost Sailor Leather pieces and many more unique items.  A special thanks to Sweet Lillies for gracing us with their angelic music during the silent auction!


The live auction was successful in raising funds for our beneficiaries, so we thank those so placed bids on the custom Jam Cruise drumhead, guitar, one of a kind Jam Cruise blanket and our auctioneer, Seth Weiner’s surprise, autographed jacket!

Positive Legacy Celebration with Everyone Orchestra

Our heartfelt thank you to Matt Butler for orchestrating an improvisational journey in commemoration of the Positive Legacy and Greening achievements on Jam Cruise 17! This year’s lineup was top notch and we’d like to thank these talented musicians for participating: Dan Lebowitz & Zach Gill (ALO), Josh Schwartz, Shira Elias & Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Adryon de León (Orgone), Sunshine Becker (Melvin Seals JGB), AC Carter (Tauk), Josh Fairman (Sunsquabi), Deshawn Alexander (Marcus King Band), Tikyra Jackson (Southern Avenue), Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Phil Rodriguez & Brian Grahame (Dirty Birds), Mike Dillon, Steve Kimock and Leslie Mendelson!

Conscious Cruisers Eco Adventure in Progresso

On behalf of our greening team, Conscious Cruisers, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the Eco adventure in Progreso, Mexico!  Our eco adventure took us to the local Kite Surfer’s beach, where we worked hard to cleanup the beach and were able to pick up 1,100 lbs of trash!  We learned about plastics effects on our oceans from Conscious Cruiser Marine Expert, Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer.


After the cleanup we went kayaking among the beautiful, green mangrove systems and spotted different wildlife. We enjoyed a delicious, local lunch under a shady palapa and then saw flamingos...watch out for the quick sand! Thanks to everyone who joined us, we appreciate your efforts in making a positive impact on the Progreso community!

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Jam Cruise 16

RECAP of our Positive Legacy Programs During Jam Cruise 16

Positive Legacy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Working in conjunction with Cloud 9 Adventures, Positive Legacy coordinates service projects for destination events in many different countries. Fueled by the power of music, and a passion for sustainability, Positive Legacy strives to transcend cultural boundaries by learning about the needs and aspirations of the communities we visit and serving them with action from musicians and fans!

Check out all the GOOD Positive Legacy did on Jam Cruise 16:

Day of Service & Celebration with Positive Legacy & Jam Cruise Artists

School of Life (SOL) International Foundation

Positive Legacy had the opportunity to deepen and expand our impact in Roatan since we have gotten to port there many times on Jam Cruise. Returning to Roatan in 2018, Positive Legacy provided SOL $9,409 to:

  • Support the expansion of green space around the center

  • Convert the land into a much-needed permanent Community Green Space

  • Create gardens, expand the playground, build composting areas, chicken coops and food spaces.

We were blessed to host a Day of Service to implement these projects with SOL! Along with the school improvements, we enjoyed dance, hula hooping and soccer together to help build healthy bodies and create smiling faces!


Positive Legacy was very excited to return to Roatan, Honduras for Jam Cruise 16 working with the SOL Foundation (School of Life) for our 4th time! We brought cruisers and musicians to the community of Sandy Bay for an activity-filled and beautiful day of service and celebration. We enjoyed a day of cultural connection, interactive activities, lunch and music jam with Vince Herman, Keller Williams, Ryan Montbleau, Kat Wright & the lil’ Smokies; all while giving back to the local community!

Positive Legacy supported SOL with a $9,400 grant to create a community green space and playground. When we visited Roatan on January 19th, we worked with community members on the following amazing projects…

  • Painted recycled tires to use to build a new playground

  • Painted a jelly fish mural designed by Honduran graffiti artist REI Blinky

  • Created eco-bricks out of recycled water bottles and garbage picked up from around SOL to build a wall around the school

  • Painted a welcome mural on the road to SOL

  • Face painting for the kids

  • Trash clean up on the property & near by beach

We were joined by the children and families that benefit from SOL’s community services, as well as the children & caretakers from Cattleya(kat-LAY-yah), Roatan’s local center for children & young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.  The kids were very excited for the opportunity to team up with Jam Cruisers to make the SOL project extra-”special!”

With this new green space both SOL and their partners BICA (Bay Island Conservation Association) will teach children how to cultivate food on the island. Taking a hands-on approach to health and wellness through educational programs that will benefit the children and the greater community, creating a special place to learn, play and grow.

At SOL, children and young adults are afforded a safe and positive environment for recreational and educational programs, that would otherwise be unavailable due to lack of resources in the area. Over 300 children are regularly involved at SOL, meeting daily to play sports, do artwork, read books and enrich their education. This safe space allows kids to be kids. For more information on SOL, visit their website at http://solroatan.org/

When that work was done, we enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the amazing SOL volunteer team. The day closed out with dancing and hula-hooping with the 40 new hoops we delivered (made by Jam Cruisers on Day 2) as we celebrated our cultural connection. We would like to thank our partners for hosting us, the Jam Cruise fans for joining us and the community members for participating in a memorable day.

The Positive Legacy Charity Auction

We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise $21,595 in this year’s charity auction!  Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s continued environmental & humanitarian projects. Thank you to all of the Jam Cruise fans who bid in the auction. A special thank you to the musicians and their management, the fans/artists for supporting the auction with their custom donations, and Josh Timmermans and Dave Vann for their amazing photography. Many thanks to Amlak Tafari & Friends from Steel Pulse for providing the silent auction entertainment, and much appreciation goes out to Seth from Cloud 9 for guest auctioneering our live auction. This was one to remember!

©2018 ShowLove Media || All rights reserved || Photo by John-Ryan Lockman

Everyone Orchestra Celebration

A massive thank you to everyone who joined us for the Positive Legacy Celebration with Everyone Orchestra hosted and conducted by Matt Butler to celebrate all that we were able to accomplish with the Jam Cruise 16 Positive Legacy and Greening programs! The music and vibe was out of this world. We are forever grateful to all Matt Butler does to support us all year long!! 

Featured Performers:

  • Steve Kimock  

  • Rob Mercurio (Galactic) 

  • Pete Shand (New Mastersounds)

  • Holly Bowling 

  • Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)

  • Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)

  • Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) 

  • Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz) 

  • Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz) 

  • Shira Elias (Turkuaz) 

  • Michael Carubba (Turkuaz)  

  • Ben “ Smiley” Silverstein (Main Squeeze)

  • Corey Frye (Main Squeeze)   

  • Jake Simpson  (Lil Smokies) 

Hurricane Relief + The Gift of Education

Help rebuild schools in communities affected by the recent hurricanes!

We at Positive Legacy and Cloud 9 Adventures are deeply saddened by the destruction caused by the recent hurricanes that made landfall in the USA and Eastern Caribbean. Many communities have been destroyed and countless individuals and families have been displaced. Positive Legacy and Cloud 9 Adventures are proud to partner with Norwegian Cruise Lines and All Hands Volunteers to rebuild schools in communities devastated by the storms.

The need is vast and deep. With your help, All Hands Volunteers can rebuild schools in several communities affected by the hurricanes, so children can continue to learn as well as have some sense of structure and normality in their lives. With your help, and the generosity of Norwegian Cruise Lines matching the dollars raised by Positive Legacy, we can make an even greater impact. 100% of your donation will bring lasting hope to people in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Cuba and the Florida Keys by rebuilding safe, resilient schools for children in these communities.

All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. Their vision is to demonstrate the power and value of volunteer service through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

For  more info or to make a donation, click HERE!


Recap of our Positive Legacy Programs from Jam Cruise 15

Two Wheels, One Love Day of Service in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

In Loving Memory of Woody Zalman

Thank you to all the artists and fans that engaged in the Day of Service and Community Connection in Jamaica! When Positive Legacy ran our needs assessment in Ocho Rios, we found that gang violence was a major issue throughout the community. We partnered with Two Wheels, One Love, an organization that engages kids in BMX bike riding as a social and physical outlet, teaching them life skills while keeping them busy and out of gangs.

The group went to the Two Wheels, One Love sports head quarters where we saw the kids ride their BMX bikes. We worked hard to resurface and improve the course, painted a mural and planted lots of new vegetation on the property. We than ventured to James Bond Beach for a traditional Jamaican BBQ lunch, sports games with the local Jamaican kids, swimming and incredible performances by Jam Cruise musicians! We thank Matt Butler, Love Canon, Katelyn and Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), Lebo and Friends featuring Todd Stoops, Steve Kimock, Roosevelt Collier, Reed Mathis, Vinnie Amico for making our time on the beach so spectacular!

Positive Legacy has provided a $15,430 grant to Two Wheels, One Love to continue their youth outreach and engagement efforts in Ocho Rios. Funds raised at the Day of Service support this grant and will help reduce gang involvement within the local youth.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Koerner

The Positive Legacy Auction Raised Just Over $14,000

We would like to thank everyone who bid in our charity auction! Winners of the silent auction took home autographed photos donated by Dave Vann & Josh Timmerman, a custom Jam Cruise watercolor painting, custom Super Rad Cape, and many more exciting items! A special thanks to Percy Hill for performing during the silent auction!

The live auction was successful in raising funds for our beneficiaries, so we thank those so placed bids on the guitars & drumhead autographed by all of the Jam Cruise 15 artists!


Positive Legacy Celebration w Everyone Orchestra

Our heart felt thank you to Matt Butler for orchestrating an improvisional journey in commemoration of the Positive Legacy and Greening achievements on Jam Cruise 15! We thank all the performing artists who made the music so memorable: Al Schnier (moe.), Steve Berlin (los Lobos), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO), Rob Derhak (moe.), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Katelyn and Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) and Jay Starling (Love Canon). It was truly an inspirational and entertaining set!

PHOTO CREDIT: Showlove Media, John Ryan Lockman

Jam Cruise 15


Jam Cruise 14

JamCruisers Leaving a Positive Legacy on the High Seas of Jam Cruise 14! 

The Positive Legacy Charity Auction Raised $17,550!

We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise $17,550 through this year’s silent & live auction! Jam Cruise is where it all began for Positive Legacy and the support we have received over the years is constantly growing! We hosted our silent auction on Day 4 in La Luna Bar. Jam Cruisers enjoyed the sweet sounds of Zach Deputy and some tasty Brews at Sea during the silent auction. The energy in the room escalated as we approached the end of the auction and cruisers staked their claim on their winnings. Thank you to all of you who bid on and purchased an auction item.  A special thank you goes out to the musicians for supporting the auction by donating special one-of-a-kind items. In addition, many thanks to the patron artisans who donated their art! It’s because of your art that we are able to keep our auction exciting and interesting year after year!

The live auction was on our final night of Jam Cruise right after Ivan Neville’s set in the Atrium. Thank you to those of you who came out to bid and join in on the excitement! Proceeds from the auctions will support Positive Legacy’s humanitarian & environmental projects such as the Deer Dance project of Southern Belize.

Update on Belize Beneficiaries

Although it was a major disappointment that we couldn’t stop in Belize City on January 8th, there is a silver lining to every cloud and our legacy is still strong there. Due to a $13,750 grant from Positive Legacy the 4-day Deer Dance Festival was performed in Santa Cruz, Belize the from Jan 6-10th.  The grant provided education and technology to Maya teens in order to integrate students in the video production of a documentary about Maya heritage and the traditional practice of the Deer Dance.  The project will culminate in the creation of an educational workbook and a documentary which will be shared on the Positive Legacy website this coming year. This project supported the vision of Mopan Maya leaders in Santa Cruz to preserve their sacred tradition for generations to come. Check out a trailer for the Maya Deer Dance, a Cool Anthropology and Daniel Velazquezdocumentary.

In addition to the Deer Dance grant we also provided $2,500 for the installation of an Educational Tropical Garden and an environmentally conscious mural representing Belize biodiversity in Memorial Park, Belize City. The mural was painted on January 8th and the garden will be installed on January 26th with the help of the local community partners.

Last but not least we also provided a $1,000 grant to Drums Not Guns in Punta Gorda, Belize to support the promotion of non-violence and self-empowerment among at-risk youth thru drumming lessons/circles, dancing, poetry and more.  In the spirit of ‘One World United through Music’, Master Kriol Drummer Emmet Young brought his drumming students to the Village of Santa Cruz on Jan 8th to perform for school children, exchange culture with marimba musicians, and join his students to watch the Deer Dance.  We are proud and grateful that in spite of our technical issues getting to Belize, Positive Legacy partners gathered to celebrate this project and share their unique musical heritage in our absence.

Positive Legacy Beach Celebration in Costa Maya with Zach Deputy, Scott Pemberton and Paul Hoffman

Even though we were not able to have our Day of Service in Belize as planned, we made the most of it by having a wonderful beach celebration in Costa Maya. After the music ended, we all joined together for a beach cleanup to insure our positive vibes rippled out into the community of Costa Maya. We are so grateful for the unending support and understanding of all the Positive Legacy supporters.

FUNK that Tune BINGO - Hosted by the New Mastersounds, Melissa McMillan, and members of Snarky Puppy

A BIG Thank You must go out to this year’s hosts for providing live tunes and a shenanigan filled BINGO afternoon benefitting Positive Legacy. Thank you to all of you who joined in the funky times and supported the cause!

Celebration With Everyone Orchestra

Even though we were not able to have our Day of Service in Belize as planned, we made the most of it by having a wonderful beach celebration in Costa Maya. After the music ended, we all joined together for a beach cleanup to insure our positive vibes rippled out into the community of Costa Maya. We are so grateful for the unending support and understanding of all the Positive Legacy supporters.

Ivan Neville’s Annual Texas Hold Em' Tournament

Jam Cruisers could take their chances playing against some of their favorite musicians, making for a laughter filled afternoon where $10 of every buy-in was donated to Positive Legacy.


Jam Cruise 13

Positive Legacy Recap

Jam Cruise 13

Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico

Donation Drive

Thank you to all of the Jam Cruise guests that brought supplies for School of Life through the Positive Legacy donation drive. We collected a great amount of supplies to donate to SOL while visiting Roatan, Honduras.



Day of Service & Cultural Connection

Jam Cruise guests and artists were invited to join Positive Legacy for a day of service and celebration at School of Life (SOL) in Roatan, Honduras on day three of Jam Cruise 13. The SOL offers children and young adults a safe and positive environment to become involved in extracurricular sports and educational enrichment programs. Thanks to our loving Jam Cruisers that have contributed to Positive Legacy, we were able to award SOL with a grant to construct a playground for the students, providing the children the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, interact socially and build their imaginations. Our day at SOL was filled with playing and interacting with the students, clearing space for the playground, and dancing to the fine music from JC artists hosted by the one and only Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra. We also had Dr. Bob’s Sound School presented by the Bob Moog Foundation during our day of service. The students of SOL were able to explore the basics of sonic science through a fun, interactive atmosphere in each Moog sound station. Special thanks to all of the Jam Cruisers that spent the day with Positive Legacy to connect with local community members and the good people at SOL that are making a significant difference in the lives of the young people in Honduras. We also want to give a BIG thank you to all of the artists that joined us and shared their talents with us on our day of service. Together we most certainly did Leave a Positive Legacy in Roatan, Honduras during Jam Cruise 13!

Thank you to James Mayfield for taking some great pics during our day of service!


Charity Auction

Thank you to all of the Jam Cruisers that supported the Positive Legacy Charity Auction this year on Jam Cruise 13. With your kind contributions we were able to raise $15,750 through our live and silent auction. 100% of proceeds from the Positive Legacy auctions go directly towards Positive Legacy’s humanitarian and environmental projects. Special thanks goes to all of the bands that donated items to the auction. We want to thank Scramble Campbell for donating his artwork to the Positive Legacy live auction. Thank you to Jay Miller, Ian Rawn, Psychadelik Pete, Chad Smith, Farnell Newton, Bob Buehler, Ryan Montbleau, Oskar Blues, Dave Vann, and Josh Timmermans for contributing the auction!


Jam Cruise 12

Jam Cruise 12

January 4-9, 2014 - Falmouth, Jamaica - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Jammin in Jamaica with Everyone Orchestra

A great big thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the benefit event for the Astor Black Music & Art Institutein Falmouth, Jamaica.  Although our day did not go entirely as planned there were many positive results from our efforts:

-35 girls from Granville Place of Safety had an amazing musical experience by participating in Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool . Granville serves young women 8 to 18, who have experienced abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. The Granville director shared that it was a really wonderful experience for the girls since they seldom have the opportunity to leave the facility. Thank you to the Bob Moog Foundation for your service!

-Two pallets of clothes, school supplies and personal care items were delivered to the girls that day.

-LEBO painted a beautiful mural at the stadium, with the help of Jason Koerner, event guests and the girls from Granville – a gorgeous and lasting gift to the community.

-32 Jam Cruise artists and a number of Jamaican artists jammed together in the Everyone Orchestra. Thank you Matt Butler for all your love and support! See line up below.

In addition to the $5,000 grant Positive Legacy previously provided to the Astor Black Music & Art Institute, the event revenue allowed us to make an additional $3,800 donation for the construction of a recording studio at the institute. Our heart is full of gratitude for all of Matt Butler’s continued support and energy.  Once again he brilliantly orchestrated a once in a lifetime Jamaica style musical collaboration, and thank you to the following Jam Cruise artists who jammed with us: The New Mastersounds, ALO, members of MarchFourth Marching Band, Steve Kimock,  Allie Kral, Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Michael Girardot (The Revivalists), Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk), Family Man Barrett (The Wailers), Aston Barret (The Wailers) and Drummie Zeb (The Wailers).



Charity Auction

We would like to thank everyone who bid in our charity auction on Day 4!  Winners of the silent auction took home autographed photos donated by Dave Vann (http://www.davevann.com/) & Josh Timmerman (link: http://www.thenoblevisions.com/), a dynamite  replica of an amplifier built into a frame of Jam Cruise 11 poster, a seriously stylish custom cape, a gorgeous leather pocket pouch, unique jewelry and many more one-of-a-kind musical items!  A special thanks to members of The New Mastersounds Eddie Roberts and Joe Tatton for performing a sweet jazz set during the silent auction!  Thanks to Mike Olmos for his beautiful trumpet accompaniment too.  The live auction was successful in raising funds for all of our beneficiaries.  Sending out a deep thank you to those who placed bids on the guitars autographed by all of the Jam Cruise 12 artists! When you spend your dollars on items like these you truly make a positive difference.  Keep us in mind for future donations, auction@positivelegacy.com.

Positive Legacy Celebration with Everyone Orchestra

We are eternally grateful for the support of the talented Matt Butler.  Butler conducted another legendary set with Everyone Orchestra in celebration of Positive Legacy and the Green Team.  This year the Black and White Lounge was overflowing with good vibrations invoked by the sweet sounds of the boat’s best musicians: Bill Evans, Jennifer Hartswick, Vitor Wooten, Phil Abair, Chris Chew, Jans Ingber, Anders Beck, Paul Hoffman, Allie Kral, Zach Gill, Kofi Burbridge, Joel Cummins, Dan Lebowitz, Steve Kimock, Mike Dillon, and Carly Myers.


Jam Cruise 11

December 17-21, 2012 - Tulum, Mexico

January 7-12, 2013 • Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos • Coco Cay, Bahamas




Event Information

While Positive Legacy volunteers were laboring in the West Road Ball Park, Bob Moog Foundation operated Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool engaging forty children of all ages and taught them about vibrations, waveforms, synthesizers, and more. In the afternoon, all groups united for a celebration with local cuisine and an extraordinary community jam. In the park we helped repair the park from Hurricane Ike’s destruction in 2008 by leveling a playing field, planting vegetation, and mending the park fence.



Positive Legacy donated $6,000 to CommUnity in Action for playground equipment to be installed in West Road Ball Park.   

Donation Drive

Donations on Jam Cruise 11 included a variety of school supplies that were donated to CommUnity in Action for distribution to the children of Grand Turk.  In addition, five boxes of school supplies and 4 laptop computers were provided to PACE Center for Girls of Broward County to support the young women participating in their program.  Donations from Cruisers benefitted populations in all of the communities visited on JC 11.  



Bernie Worrell, Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Amlak Tafari and Rich Vogel, Hot Buttered Rum, ALO, Tony Hall, George Porter Jr., Jeff Coffin, members of March Fourth Marching Band (five on stilts!), Garrett Sayers and Joey Porter of The Motet  


Bob Moog Foundation

One World Futbol donated 20 soccer balls to CommUnity in Action



Once again, Everyone Orchestra celebrated all that Positive Legacy programs were able to accomplish on Jam Cruise 11.  Matt Butler cooked up another all-star lineup of musicians to take cruisers on an improvisational journey deep into the soul.  Following Everyone Orchestra’s performance there was a live auction including autographed instruments and a Lebo painting raising over $27,000.


Jam Cruise 1-11

January 20-23, 2011 -  Puerto Molelos, Mexico

Jam Cruise 1 January 6-10, 2004

Jam Cruise 2 January 10-14, 2004

Nassau, Bahamas & Key West, Florida


Jam Cruise 1 & 2 is where it all started for Positive Legacy.

During our first Jam Cruise, we partnered with Reef Relief to educate passengers about how to snorkel with eco-consciousness. While at port in Key West, Reef Relief took us to a beautiful coral reef aboard a 54′ Catamaran and provided us with an educational talk on the living coral reef ecosystem. Passengers were encouraged to bring any trash they saw on the reef back to the boat and were given educational tips for collection of debris without damaging the coral. This excursion was a sell out on both Jam Cruise 1 & 2.


In partnership with reEarth, during Jam Cruise 1 in 2004, our green team visited an elementary school in Nassau and delivered 15 mature indigenous trees that were planted with the assistance of the students there. These trees will help to beautify the school’s environment, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and leave a positive legacy of Jam Cruise’s visit to Nassau for many years to come. All auction proceeds were also donated to reEarth.


Jam Cruise 3 January 6-10, 2005

Jacksonville, FL & Nassau, Bahamas


While in the Bahamas for Jam Cruise 3, we partnered with Earthcare to provide Jam Cruise passengers an opportunity to participate in an educational snorkeling trip. Earthcare’s mission is to empower people to get involved and be proactive with their voice and actions. Passengers were educated about the current environmental issues facing The Bahamas and how to be good stewards of the earth.


Proceeds from our auction on Jam Cruise 3 were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in Jacksonville, Florida. Second Harvest Food Bank serves the hungry and needy in the Jacksonville area, and educates the public about the causes and possible solutions to the problem of domestic hunger. Jam Cruise 3 happened only 2 short weeks after the disastrous tsunami in Asia. In an effort to do something positive for the affected region, a saxophone signed by Jam Cruise 3 sax artists, Skerik, was auctioned off which allowed us to make a $1500 donation to UNICEF’s Tsunami Relief.


Jam Cruise 4 January 7-14, 2006

Ochos Rios, Jamaica Grand Cayman Islands Costa Maya, Mexico


Carbon Offsetting on Jam Cruise is Started

To offset carbon emissions from Jam Cruise 4 in 2006 and passenger travel to and from Fort Lauderdale, Jam Cruise formed a partnership with Trees for the Future to plant trees in the regions to which we travel. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is produced from burning fossil fuels; trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Planting trees is the most cost-effective way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Donations from Cloud 9 and Jam Cruise 4 passengers allowed Trees for the Future to plant 52,000 trees in Jamaica and the Yucatan Peninsula! These trees will continue to do their job of reducing CO2 in the global atmosphere and leaving a positive legacy for many years to come.


Proceeds from the 2006 Jam Cruise 4 were donated to our greening partner of 06, Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.


Jam Cruise 5 January 2-7, 2007

Turks & Caicos

Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic


JC5 passengers enjoyed a fun and educational snorkeling adventure in Turks & Caicos. On our way out to the pristine Horseshoe Reef, passengers listened to Dr. Fernando Pérez Monteagudo from the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), Ministry of Natural Resources for the Turks and Caicos Islands, address the environmental issues that that region faces. Participants learned how to be eco-sensitive snorkelers as well as what DECR is doing to restore coral reefs using rebar and electrical current. This was a unique opportunity to learn how local groups are coming together to solve the problem of coral reef degradation and how Jam Cruise passengers can be active participants in that process.


Proceeds from the JC 5 auction were donated to our greening partner Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.


Trees, Water & People: Thanks to the generous donations of passengers and Cloud 9 Adventures we were able to plant 78,510 trees in the Dominican Republic, making Jam Cruise 5 carbon neutral once again!


Jam Cruise 6 January 4-9, 2008

Roatan, Honduras & Cozumel, Mexico


In Cozumel, 30 Jam Cruise passengers and artists cleaned up 1,000 pounds of trash in just over an hour on a beach about two miles away from our port. After the beach clean up, JC 6 passengers delivered school supplies to the Cozumel Chrysalis Group. In partnership with Conscious Alliance we coordinated a extremely successful school supplies drive.  JC6 passengers generously donated two pallets of much needed school supplies which went directly to children’s charities in Roatan and Cozumel. In addition, Conscious Alliance donated 1000 pounds of Pangea Organics soap to the Roatan Children’s Fund and Trojan donated 3,000 condoms which we delivered to the AIDS Prevention Program in Roatan. While we were delivering supplies in Roatan, we stopped by the Majken Broby Children’s Home where 14 JC6 artists played a joyful set of acoustic music for the children who live at the orphanage. This event positively touched the lives of not only the children but also of those of us lucky enough to be present.


We also donated $450 to NUAFA’s Women’s Shelter (Nucleo de Apoya Familiar – means Heart of Family Support). The cash donation was used for a significant facility improvement of the installation of new iron gates at the entrance to NUAFA. The gates provide greater security for the children in daycare and also secure the property to prevent loss of assets.  This is the first time that NUAFA has had a way to lock the facility!


Cloud 9 and JC 6 passengers made an additional gift to the Roatan Children’s Fund of a high quality copy machine. The copy machine was purchased with the proceeds that were generated by auctioning off one of LEBO’s live JC6 paintings.


With proceeds from the auction, passenger donations and financial support from Cloud 9 Adventures, Jam Cruise 6 offset 100% of the emissions from the five-day cruise. We worked together with Trees, Water & People to achieve this thrilling accomplishment. Not only are we planting trees through TWP, JC6 supported a program that has helped TWP build 23,000 fuel-efficient stoves that use 75% less wood than conventional methods.


Jam Cruise 7 January 4-9, 2009

Belize City, Belize & Cozumel, Mexico


The Positive Legacy team worked with Padres de Familia Kinder in Km 55, a school in Costa Maya, Mexico devastated by Hurricane Dean, to make much needed repairs to their facility. Following the hurricane in 2007, all that remained of the school was a simple cinderblock structure with incomplete plywood walls and a tar paper roof, offering students little to no protection from wind and rain. Cloud 9 sent $1420 to Kinder one month before visiting Costa Maya, allowing them to purchase construction materials for the needed repairs. While on the ship, passengers who became aware of the repair project matched that donation with an additional $1440 to help the renovations continue.  While in Costa Maya, nearly 100 Jam Cruise passengers joined Positive Legacy and 50 children from the Limones Primary School.  Along with local residents, community leaders and business owners, JC 7 passengers cleaned up a stretch of beach just a few miles from the port. In less than an hour the group picked up approximately 1 ton of trash! After the cleanup, participants joined our new friends in Costa Maya for a day at the beach, presented the Jam Cruise donations to several local schools, frolicked in the ocean, played beach soccer and enjoyed a delicious meal.


While in Belize, passengers and artists joined together for a day of learning, connection and giving at the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants presented the passenger donations and solar ovens to our beneficiaries.  We were also treated to informative talks by local community leaders and environmental educators, as well as a fabulous performance by the Maroon Creole Drum School and local dancers. The Maroon Creole Drum School is led by Emmet Smith, a former pro soccer player. Under his lead, their village teaches children indigenous drumming rhythms, dancing and soccer. Cloud 9 Adventures donated 2 full team sets of uniforms, cleats, socks and shin guards to their community to further the development of their youth soccer program.


Jam Cruise 8 January 3-8, 2010

Ocho Rios, Jamaica & Georgetown, Cayman Islands


Over 140 passengers and artists on Jam Cruise 8, joined the Positive Legacy team on Grand Cayman for a day of education, music and fun in the sun to benefit REEF – the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Participants learned of REEF’s efforts to protect threatened grouper spawning habitat, eradicate the invasive lionfish species, and what divers, snorkelers, and fish consumers can do to aid in those efforts. While the ocean was too dangerous to snorkel or scuba that day, all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of ocean side sunshine listening to musical performances by Ryan Montbleau, Hot Buttered Rum (Aaron Redner, Bryan Horne, Erik Yates, Nat Keefe), Tim and Nicki Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers), and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth).


More than 100 passengers and musicians also visited the Rural Retreat Community Center in Claremont, Jamaica for a day of celebration. Nearly $25,000 worth of goods were donated including a commercial weed whacker to keep the soccer fields mowed, soccer uniforms and cleats for several teams, school supplies, back packs, laptop computers with wireless cards to start a community computer lab, tables and chairs to outfit the community center, and the list goes on.


Upon doing a needs assessment in 2009, the Positive Legacy team learned that the South East Saint Ann Constituency in Jamaica had a dream to start a marching band in their community.  In partnership with Music Matters a music education company based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cloud 9 Adventures donated a full set of instruments needed to realize this dream. Thank you to Music Matters for making this possible!



Our warmest heartfelt thanks to LEBO, who painted an enlivening mural for all to see on the wall of the Center; Toubab Krewe and special guests who played a set and jammed with the locals; Ice Cream Man for trekking into the hills to give away free ice cream to all the children; and last but not least, the Jam Cruise passengers who contributed along with all of the members of the community in Jamaica who made this day so beautiful.


Jam Cruise 9 January 4-9, 2011

Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya


Jam Cruise musicians and passengers spent the day in Honduras with members of the community: playing games, dancing, painting, sharing a delicious meal together, learning about each other and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.  JC 9 participants presented donations of school supplies, soccer gear, eight laptop computers, and books, as well as financial contributions for school scholarships and a bookmobile program designed to reach children in underserved areas.

For many of the children, the highlight of the day was a visit from Ice Cream Man. Ice cream is a luxury that rarely comes their way, and there were a lot of happy kids with gooey smiles on their faces. To close our time together, the children took us on a walking tour of their community and splashed with us in the turquoise Caribbean waters.

LEBO joined us and painted a brilliant mural for School of Life which will serve as a lasting reminder of our visit there.


For our visit to Costa Maya, the day began with a visit to KM55 “Kinder” School, which JC 9 participants provided financial support  in 2009.  This contribution enabled the school to build new walls, a new roof, and to purchase basic classroom supplies. In 2009, this impoverished school supported 20 pre-school to early elementary age children.  Since that time, the school has expanded to serve 70 children and has been in desperate need of a modern bathroom facility with running water and septic. Funds raised through the benefit, auction, and a donation from Cloud 9 have been used to fulfill that wish. After being warmly greeted with a resounding “buenos dias” by the children, participants toured the school and saw the new facility under construction. Cruisers, then, headed to the coast to perform a beach cleanup with the children, families, and teachers, which ended at our celebration site in Mahahual, where we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sharing music and local cuisine with the children and community members.


Jam Cruise 10 January 9-14, 2012

Labadee, Haiti


Cloud 9 and Positive Legacy invited all cruisers to enjoy a day of music, service and celebration in Labadee, Haiti.


Positive Legacy supports the Haiti Village Health Clinic in the Bas Limbe region of Northern Haiti.  The clinic offers sustainable medical care and public health initiatives to more than 25,000 people in five rural villages. People in this region have minimal access to clean drinking water and little or no organized sanitation programs.  Responding to the need, Positive Legacy financed the construction of a well, water reservoir and pump, building plumbing, and a new roof for the clinic in Bas Limbe. Access to sanitation facilities has a direct impact on water quality and the potential for the spreading of disease; something clearly demonstrated in the cholera epidemic in November 2010. Believe it or not, the clinic treated 3,500 patients without any running water during this outbreak! Improving water and sanitation has led to a reduced burden of disease, increased health and well being and improved nutritional status.  Representatives from Haiti Village health joined JC10 participants during our day in Labadee, Haiti, educating and inspiring us to be part of this amazing project!


With support from our non-profit partners Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) and Trees, Water & People, Positive Legacy and Jam Cruise passengers led the charge in seeding 6,000 citrus trees, thus launching a 10,000 seedling nursery at SOIL’s rural compost site in Limonade, Haiti. Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People have partnered to offset Jam Cruise passenger’s carbon footprint since Jam Cruise 6, a collaboration that has netted tens of thousands of trees planted and hundreds of clean cookstoves built. JC 10 represented the most ambitious carbon offsetting effort to date, as the establishment of this nursery will lead to a healthier environment, stable livelihoods, and increasing tree cover in Northern Haiti for years to come.


In partnership with Soles4Souls and with contributions from One World Running, Nike and Jam Cruisers all over the country, Positive Legacy blew its most ambitious goal yet – of collecting 10,000 pairs of shoes for the people of Haiti, out of the water! More than 12,200 pairs of shoes plus 2,000 pairs of socks contributed by cruisers were collected.


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