My band and I have done the Blues Cruise the last three years in a row.
Anymore, people are not inclined to go to a small bar and listen to the blues from 930 at night until 1 in the morning especially during the week. Fans are not as likely to go to a local blues joint and stay late anymore.
I was talking to a good friend of mine on the cruise and we decided it would probably be a good thing to put together a show with two or three strong acts and perform at different venues (other than blues bars).
It's sold out and there's a long list of people wanting to get on. It gives you a feeling of great enthusiasm at a time when the club scene has broken down around the country.