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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! 21+ to cruise

  • Adults: From $35
  • Live Music
  • Snacks & full bar
  • Photo at Statue
  • Outdoor deck space

Cruises starting Sunday, May 26

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.

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Friday, July 12, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Bruce in The USA - The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute! This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success in the famous Las Vegas show brought him to performances across the world, eventually evolving his character into the Bruce In The USA show.

The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world-class professional musicians. The show has hosted musicians from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash… and so many more. This high end, powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy.

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Friday, July 19, 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.

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

Wanted DOA - America's Truly Authentic Bon Jovi Tribute

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.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Dark Desert Eagles featuring Pat Badger, lead singer of Extreme “#1 Tribute to America’s Greatest Rock Band, The Eagles”

With 5 #1 singles, 5 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards and 6 #1 albums, The Eagles are one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records. Their “Greatest Hits” is the best selling album of the 20th century. Touched by the passing of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, Pat Badger (founding member of the multi-platinum rock act Extreme) formed the Dark Desert Eagles in tribute. As part of Extreme, Badger has sold 10 million records, including the smash hit “More Than Words,” and toured the globe. Wanting only the best for this project, he enlisted fellow Extreme member Kevin Figueiredo, multi-instrumentalist Chris Lester, soaring guitar hero Eric Clemenzi, and Tom Appleman, a Berklee College of Music Professor. Together, they formed the Dark Desert Eagles to stunningly re-create the amazing musicianship, soaring vocal harmonies and timeless repertoire of The Eagles.

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Friday, August 2, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Rubix Kube: The Eighties Strike Back Show

For over a decade, RUBIX KUBE has taken the universe by storm as the most original ‘80s tribute band of all time! Its one-of-a-kind, ever-evolving and interactive “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” captivates public & private audiences of all ages. From their NYC headquarters, to our U.S. troops overseas, The KUBE rocks for the coolest fans in the most prestigious venues across the globe . . and galaxies far, far away. More than just a cover band, “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” is like the rad lovechild of a Rock concert and a Broadway musical – from a honeymoon down Electric Avenue! RUBIX KUBE is led by a male & female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in the-blink-of-an-eye into any of your favorite ‘80s icons, personifying in sight and sound. It’s like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Boy George, Paula Abdul, Guns N’ Roses and more teleport right before your eyes on the same stage, in one concert! The band dazzles with some of the most talented & versatile musicians in the entertainment business, including Steve Brown & P.J. Farley of the million-selling band TRIXTER. All are decked out in vibrant & vintage threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, Beetlejuice and all The Gremlins at once. Together, The KUBE is able to crank out ’80s Pop, Rock, New Wave, Dance and Hair Metal hits, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Dead On Live: Celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead, Jerry and the Days Between

Based on their unique approach of recreating, literally note for note, all instruments as well as the lush and complex vocal harmonies as heard on classic recordings, Dead On Live has quickly become recognized nationally as one of the top acts paying tribute to the music of the American treasure known as the Grateful Dead. Touring and recording veteran Marc Muller assembles a world-class cast of musicians to create this unique, “needle-to-vinyl” never before heard live Dead experience. You’ll hear Phil’s rootless syncopations, Keith’s classic piano, Bobby’s Weir’d rhythms, and the heart and soul, the touch and tone of Jerry Garcia. And as always…remaining true the Dead’s spirit of freedom and sonic exploration, DOL is sure to include plenty of improvisation and good old Grateful jamming to get the kids to dance and shake their bones! Come relive the magic with Dead On Live!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Classic Stones "The Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute in the World"

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.

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Our Sightseeing Cruises Are Smoke-Free!

Smoking is not permitted on Circle Line’s regular sightseeing cruises including Liberty, Statue of Liberty Express, Statue by Night, Landmarks, Best of New York and Harbor Lights.*

  • *Smoking may be permitted in designated areas on Circle Line’s Music Cruises, Bear Mountain Cruises, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve Cruises. Please plan your trip accordingly.