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Rockin' the River Music Cruises

Sunset cruises with amazing bands and a full bar -- all with the world's greatest view: NYC from the Hudson!

  • Adults: From $35
  • Beer
  • Live Music
  • Photo at Statue
  • Outdoor deck space

Cruises starting Monday, March 18

2019 Rockin' the River Music Cruises

Like outdoor concerts? Then step aboard and kick things up a notch! Cruise around NY Harbor with the skyline as your backdrop and the sounds of live music filling your ears. Whether you’re a New York City local scoping out summer shows or you’re visiting from out of town, this concert series is for you. There’s nothing like sipping on a beer or cocktail and enjoying a musical evening on the water. Please note, we sail rain or shine and there is only limited seating available. First come, first serve!


Rockin the River Lock-Up[1]

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

The Amish Outlaws

Four out of the original six members of The Amish Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. No electricity from land lines, no alcohol, no musical instruments, but their spirits were too wild for the Amish lifestyle. Once they trampled in the Devil's Playground, there was no turning back. In the years since Rumspringa, the members of the Amish Outlaws have become very well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world...music, most of all. Sharing not only the bond of having left the Amish life behind, but also the deep mutual love of music, needless to say, the Brothers were soon like brothers, and together they delved deeply into the 16 years of American culture they missed, watching endless hours of classic MTV, listening to the radio, CDs, records, tapes... anything they could get their hands on.

With a set that is always evolving as the Brothers discover more and more music and culture, The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise the audience and keep them guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Bon Jovi to Elvis Presley, The Foo Fighters to Dropkick Murphys, to theme songs from the TV shows they have come to know. Amish Outlaw gigs are less performances than they are initiations into the life of an Amish Outlaw and parties celebrating the Brothers' newfound freedom. Check them out here.

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Amish Outlaw

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Willie Nile Band with special guest James Maddock

The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.” In 2017 he released the critically acclaimed album "Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan”. Willie has toured across the U.S. with the Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. His 12th studio album 'Children of Paradise' was released in the summer of 2018 to universal acclaim. Check him out here.

The best singer-songwriters serve the song. The songwriter’s songwriter, James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. He’s performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and has built a respected international profile through tireless touring from the Northeast US to Europe to Australia. Previous to his solo career, James was the frontman for the Columbia Records band Wood. His 2009 solo album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while its follow-up, Wake Up And Dream, ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll. Check him out here.

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Friday, August 9, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

The Nerds

The Nerd... playing a blend of Soul, Classic Rock, and TV themes. Their stage show and banter was largely influenced by Monty Python and David Letterman’s love of the absurd and Howard Stern’s disregard for tact. More often than not, pointless arguments onstage about trivial matters became a regular part of the act. One of the Nerds most requested bits, came in the way of a sing along inspired by a hot dog cart operator. At lunch one day, Spaz overhear the vendor’s boom-box playing Neil Diamond’s ”Sweet Caroline. When the chorus came around the guy chimed in “Sweeeet Caroline… pah pah pah”. Finding this childishly amusing, Spaz decided to add this to the Nerds set, along with getting the audience to sing the infectious “…pah pah pah…”. It became a regular part of the act, and there isn’t a night that goes by when some reluctant participant isn’t coerced into singing along. “It’s all in good fun, and people love the attention. I hear even Neil Diamond has added it to his live show.” Before long they had developed a strong fan base of people not looking for the same old thing. Check them out here.

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The Nerds

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Wanted DOA

The sentiment of Bon Jovi’s music hits home and no matter the age group, their music is iconic and recognizable to the masses. As one of history’s most successful music acts with over 130 million RIAA certified sales and countless awards, it’s no wonder there are countless acts looking to pay tribute to this legendary group. However, there is only one who truly captures the authenticity of what Bon Jovi’s music is all about and what their fans demand; Wanted DOA. The group first formed in 2015 with the goal of capturing both the studio and live aspects of the songs and to really hone in on the essence of Bon Jovi. First and foremost it is all about the music – working the vocal harmonies, guitar and keyboard sounds, and most importantly the lead vocals. To be a good Bon Jovi tribute you need to sound as much like Jon as possible! A pretty tough feat… Next, the live show! The goal is to put on a performance reminiscent of the rock shows from days long gone. Sound, lights and to engage the crowd, getting them on their feet while screaming for one more. For Wanted DOA, it is a celebration of the music, while at the same time, trying to deliver an authentic experience to all the other fans of Bon Jovi. Check them out here.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Tusk: The World's Number One Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Tusk the World’s #1 Fleetwood Mac tribute.. No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating.Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands. Check out their sound here.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.

Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including slots at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Rib America Fest, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market. Each band member has mastered authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot-on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, all with astounding visual imagery recreating the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. Check out their sound here!

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TWO SHOWS! Friday, September 21, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM and 9:30PM - 11:30PM

The Nerds

They have shared a stage with Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Earth Wind and Fire, Train, The Go-Gos, Maroon 5, Southside Johnny, and many, many more. And now The Nerds are ready to welcome you on board for a night of Rock n Roll fun-omenon. Roll back the years and relive the magic of The Nerds’ Rockin’ The River Cruise and an era when The Nerds were the soundtrack of your lives.

The Nerds

Friday, August 24, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Classic Stones Live: The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show

The Look…The Sound…The Show…front man Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, while his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf portrays rock and roll outlaw Keith Richards, perform a jaw dropping resemblance to these two rock and roll icons. What truly makes Classic Stones Live™ unique is their musical prowess, attention to detail, and the spot on renditions of all of your favorite Rolling Stones “classics”! From the signature saxophone solo in Brown Sugar to the unforgettable backing vocals in Gimme Shelter, every last detail has been accounted for by this eight piece band.

Rolling Stones

Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Willie Nile with James Maddock

Willie Nile has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: "His live performances are legendary." James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writes such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows).

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Friday, August 10, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show

Grown from the streets of New York City to now being one of the top Led Zeppelin Tribute bands touring nationally and internationally, Kashmir’s primary focus is capturing the live performance and raw energy of a Led Zeppelin show. Leave Kashmir’s show feeling the same electromagnetic experience so many Zep fans did in the past while watching the great Led Zeppelin on stage!

Kashmir

Friday, August 3, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

That isn’t their slogan by mistake! EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of The Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five-part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles. Their show consists of the Eagles’ greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.

Eaglemania

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute

No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating. Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

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