Cosplay Day 2017

Last year, Team Whitener sailed on JoCoCruise 2017. For those who aren’t familiar, the JoCoCruise is basically a nerdy paradise / convention on a boat. Highlights include musicians, writers, comedians, podcasters, crafting, and 24×7 tabletop gaming–as well as a “Shadow Cruise” full of events submitted and run by attendees.

On the 2017 JoCoCruise, Dan served as a deputy for the 100+ person Ukulele Melee run by Molly Lewis, and decorated the door of room 4178 to match. He also frequented the jams and other musical events, and performed “We Are Gonna Be Okay“, a song cowritten with his partner Eileen and included on his latest EP at one of the jams onboard.

He’ll always be grateful for Sea Monkey support in Kickstarting his EP Crossover last year; the album is available to listen to on the Dan Whitener Bandcamp page.


Eileen will be attending the 2018 JoCoCruise while Dan holds down the fort with gigs back on the East Coast. If you’re reading this during the cruise, come say hi or pick up some stickers/pins from Eileen in room 6003. And if you’ve made it to this page, it may be because you found some of the little gifts Team Whitener designed for Sea Monkey Mail or other swaps on board. We hope you enjoyed them! We’d love to be in touch.

Monkey Mail 2018

Bluegrass and Radical Inclusion

Very, very proud of Tristan Scroggins for his powerful introspection. Bluegrass is going through a moment right now of radical inclusion and deep reckoning, with Rhiannon Giddens’ keynote speech at IBMA and a bluegrass float being recognized at the San Francisco Pride parade. There is so much work to do, and much of it looks like this. We should all do what Tristan is doing and look at ourselves. Challenge yourself to be a better ally in your community, and if that means changing the community, just a little bit, you’ll be glad you did.

WXPN Host Picks – Best of 2017

Ian Zolitor
Folk Show Host

David Rawlings – Put ’em Up Solid
Charlie Parr – Dog
Bombadil – Binoculars
Billy Strings – Meet Me At The Creek
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
Chris Kasper – Starting All Over
Rhiannon Giddens – We Could Fly
Man About A Horse – Lay My Head Down And Cry
Mipso – My Burden With Me
Harpeth Rising – 535 (are You Even Alive?)