Music with a View – Each NYC RTR Cruise is a scenic tour and live music event in the most intimate and friendly concert setting you've ever experienced. Listening to your favorite artists while sailing past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and the world's greatest NYC skyline - you've never seen music like this before. We look forward to rockin' the river with you this summer.
– John and Steve, Producers
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited and is first come first served. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to sailing
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Donna the Buffalo
Thursday, July 10 @ 8pm Only
Rootsy folk-rock sextet Donna the Buffalo formed in 1987 in Ithaca, NY. The group's three vocalists -- Tara Nevins, who also plays fiddle, guitar, and accordion; guitarist Jeb Puryear; and keyboardist Joe Thrift -- add another layer of diversity to the group's eclectic and often socially conscious sound. Guitarist Jim Miller, drummer Tom Gilbert, and bassist Jed Greenberg complete the ensemble.
|Adrian Belew |
Friday, July 11 @ 8pm Only
Like all great guitarists, Belew has his own recognizable style/sound (one that admittedly tends to be quirky and off-the-wall at times), and is an incredibly versatile player, as he's always found a way to make his signature style fit into a wide variety of musical genres: hard rock, funk, new wave, experimental, Beatlesque pop, and more. Belew has played with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the Talking Heads and King Crimson among many others.
The Prisoners of 2nd Ave. with
special guest, Willie Nile
Thursday, July 17 @ 8pm
Jimmy Vivino's brainchild started as a "deeper cuts from my favorite records dating 1967 through 1973" type of band. Everything had to have a Who or Cream type of power trio sound. After calling John Conte and Rich Pagano to complete the trio, they soon realized their sound embodied the energy & spirit of Bill Graham's Fillmore East & with Jimmy's knowledge of the flow of an evening at the venue, they began to design a somewhat psychedelic yet soaring, streamlined show.
Willie Nile made his recording debut in 1980 with his acclaimed self-titled LP on Arista Records, followed a year later by Golden Down. He followed those, in 1991, with Places I Have Never Been on Columbia. With 1992's Hard Times in America (a cult favorite throughout Europe. "Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter," Lucinda Williams opined, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” Please join Willie and Po2a for an evening of music and the official release party for Willie's new live dvd, Willie Nile Live From The Streets of New York.
The Nerds SOLD OUT
Friday, July 18 @ 8pm Only
Enjoy an evening of sheer entertainment with the band that combines high energy rock n' roll with a stage show of pure talent and comedy. From the House of Blues in Boston to the Shrine in L.A.; from British Columbia to Bermuda & the Bahamas; from Florida to Arizona; to Ohio and back to Atlantic City; all through New Jersey and back to New York; from selling out Carnegie Hall, to headlining at the PNC Bank Arts Center, The Nerds® continue to entertain their massive fan base that stretches all over the world
Björn Again - The Abba Experience
Friday, July 25th @ 7 & 9:30 pm
This exciting show recreates the ABBA phenomenon both visually and through the remarkably accurate reflection of the ABBA sound, dance steps and humor. Bjorn Again has been seen and heard at over 3,000 concerts worldwide. "Our Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that's the closest they are going to get to ever seeing ABBA again". … Benny Anderson of ABBA.
Roomful of Blues
Thur, July 31st @ 7:30 pm
With an almost non-stop performance schedule for the last 37 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. Twice, the prestigious Down Beat International Critics Poll selected Roomful of Blues as Best Blues Band. Roomful’s horn section has won The Blues Foundation’s W.C. Handy Award for “Best Instrumentalist” three times and in 2004 won the prestigious W.C. Handy award for Best Blues Band.
|John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties|
Thur., Aug. 7th @ 7(SOLD OUT)& 9:30 pm
After Beginning his solo career with 1974's "Hangin’ Around the Observatory." Hiatt’s landmark 1987 release "Bring The Family" received critical praise and was his first album to chart in the U.S. In 1993, Rhino Records released "Love Gets Strange: The Songs of John Hiatt," which collected many of the cover versions of his songs that were recorded during the 80s and 90s. 2000’s "Crossing Muddy Waters" was released on the independent imprint Vanguard Records and called, “The most natural and relaxed John Hiatt album in years.”
Friday, August 8th @ 7 & 9:30 pm
Eddie Money's musical style is characterized by his recognizable vocals and catchy melodies, and his numerous MTV music videos throughout the 1980s. Money arrived in the late '70s at the height of album rock's popularity. He reached the Top 10 with singles like "Take Me Home Tonight", "I Wanna Go Back" and "Walk on Water." During the early '80s, Money began to make funny narrative videos, which became staples on early MTV and made "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love" hits
Blues Guitar Heroes Night with
Coco Montoya & Popa Chubby
Tues, August 12th @ 7pm
Coco Montoya first met Paul Barerre and Little Feat at a blues festival and according to Barerre, “Coco’s playing was inspirational to me - great tone and attitude.” The band invited Montoya to their annual Feat Festival in Jamaica two years in a row. “Our fans took to him like butter on bread”, recalls Barerre. “He fit in so well with the band that I knew I had to produce him. I really wanted to get that live feel from him on a recording, and that’s just what we did.”
The ever-prolific Popa Chubby returns with a new CD of hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll, Deliveries After Dark, a collection of balls-out Blues/Rock played with reckless abandon, no apologies, visceral and heavy, with a few surprises thrown in – such as the theme from “The Godfather” rearranged as a surf guitar instrumental, and the spacey and evocative “Woman In My Bed Dub,” a reggae tune as thick with smoke as a Kingston club. Popa Chubby continues to rule the road with his high-octane ax work and uncompromising, in your face attitude, resulting in a supercharged mix that spits fire at every turn.
|Raul Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks |
Wed / Thur, Aug. 13 & 14 @ 7:30 pm
With one of the most powerful singing voices, Raul Malo founded the Mavericks in 1990. Since then they become one of the most successful country bands. Wanting to reach back to his Cuban and Jazz roots, Raul began a solo career while on break from the Mavericks. In Malo's music you hear surprising stylistic quick turns and unexpected detours - from country to Tex-Mex rock 'n' roll to joyous kitschy '60s cocktail pop to strait-up, traditional Cuban and South American music.
|Bayou to Bourbon St. featuring|
Marcia Ball & Beausoleil avec Micheal Doucet
Fri. Aug. 15th - 7 & 9:30pm
Marcia Ball has just released her highly anticipated new CD, Peace, Love & BBQ (Alligator Records). Produced by Stephen Bruton, Peace, Love & BBQ finds Ball at a creative peak. this is her first new studio CD in four years and the 13th album of her career. Her last album release, 2005’s Live! Down the Road received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album. Her piano style is known for its elements of zydeco, swamp-blues, and boogie-woogie.
Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.
Tue. Aug. 19th - 7pm only
Begun the late '80s with a passionate, bombastic fusion of rock & roll w/ the rootsy sounds of Irish folk and American gospel. The group was founded as a Dublin street-performance act called the Incomparable Benzini Brothers by schoolmates Liam O'Maonlai (vocals, keyboards) and Fiachna O'Broainain (guitar), the former of whom had played in My Bloody Valentine forerunner Congress.Their 1988 debut, People, cruised to the top of the Irish charts and peaked at number two in Britain. Their follow-ups, Home and Songs From the Rain, continued their success.
Chris Smither / Sonny Landreth
DOUBLE BILL–Wed, Aug 20th @ 7pm Only
"CHRIS SMITHER taps his foot to keep the rhythm, much like the late blues legend John Lee Hooker. His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then there's the voice – equal parts gravel and molasses, Smither's singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans" - National Public Radio
"SMITHER is an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world" - AP
Eric Clapton says "[SONNY LANDRETH] is probably the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced.”
Within the last year, Landreth performed at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He recently performed with Jimmy Buffett at Fenway Park and appears on Buffett’s first number one album, License to Chill. Landreth also received a long overdue nod with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording for his seventh album, The Road We’re On, released on Sugar Hill Records.
Thursday, August 21st @ 7 & 9:30pm
The Radiators, still with the original five members, have been bringing their New Orleans-inspired music to the rest of the world for 28 years. The Rads have released more than a dozen albums and maintain a strong, loyal fan base and are on the road relentlessly.
Rhett Miller of Old '97's
Friday, August 22nd @ 7 & 9:30pm
Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his seven records with the 97’s, he’s released two highly regarded solo albums, The Instigator (2002) and The Believer (2006). Rhett continues to balance his solo endeavors with his membership in the Old 97’s. The still-active quartet, which was prominently featured in the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn romantic comedy, The Break Up, will release their next full-length studio album, Blame It On Gravity, on May 13.
|The 'FUV Boat 08: A Floating|
Dance Party to Benefit WFUV Radio
Friday, Sept. 5th @ 7pm Only
FUV DJ's will be mixing the music as we party, dance and sail around Manhattan. Party with a view aboard the NYC Rockin The River Cruises. Come listen and dance to your favorite tunes while sailing around Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline. All to benefit your favorite radio station 90.7FM WFUV Radio.
THE BOAT SAILS RAIN OR SHINE.
We regret the boat is NOT handicapped accessible – Seating is first come, first served