The Wag is a Middletown, NJ, USA based original band (don't worry, we can do lots of covers, too, including the Moodies!). We've been together for over 16 years. Two of our members have been on the 2 previous Moody Blues cruises, & on the last one, even got to play with some other musicians - including Moodies drummer Gordy Marshall! - in one of the lounges, on 3 of the nights of the cruise. Whereas the previous year they scheduled karaoke, this time they also left blank time for random musicians to get up & play.
That did it. What we want more than anything is to be booked to play on Moodies Cruise 2016. Although Susan at Moody Blues Cruises has done her best to help us, it's pretty much impossible for a local band such as ourselves to get booked for something like this. All we're asking in return for being booked to play on the cruise is room & board for the 4 of us. We don't even care if all 4 of us are together in one room!
Why not just get together like we did on the last cruise, you might ask? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, we're starving artists, & the 2 of us who went on the last 2 cruises could hardly afford it... we certainly can't afford another. And for the other 2 band members, while they like the Moodies well enough, we can't ask them to take time off from work & pay a great deal of money to be able to hopefully play one or two nights in a lounge (especially when that wouldn't be guaranteed). Not to mention, we would need to bring our own instruments this time. We need a few guaranteed gigs in one or more of the lounges.
To sum up: The Wag really would like to entertain you when the Moodies aren't playing! :-) We ask to be booked to play a few real gigs on board, & all we ask for in return is that our cabin be paid for by whoever pays the other bands' wages.
If you'd like to help out a darned good local band, & make this girl's dream come true, please sign. And thank you. <3
-Alicia Van Sant (second from the left in our photo)