Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers

Saturday July 14, 2018, 7 PM

“Erin Harpe is one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene
and it’s time she gets noticed, as she has it all — a golden voice and the guitar chops that dazzle. As
many of the great divas of the roots rocking blues are aging, the emerging new generation, like Imelda
May, Grace Potter and Erin Harpe are firing up younger audiences, and Erin Harpe makes it as fun and
exciting as ever, and that’s a good thing for the blues.”
–Living Blues Magazine

This is a relaxing three hour sunset cruise on the Merrimack River and departs from downtown Newburyport Waterfront Park at 7:00 pm. A cash bar is available with complimentary chips n’ salsa served.

Annual Yankee Homecoming “Blues n’ Brews” Cruise with The International All Star Blues Band

Saturday July 28, 2018, 7 PM

Newburyport’s Annual Yankee Homecoming “Blues n’ Brews” Cruise sails with The International BluesCruise All Star Band featuring award-winning blues guitarist and vocalist Joey Buddy and an exciting lineup of blues talent from abroad and the US.

A native of Finland, Joey Buddy has performed and toured internationally for over 20 years. His eclectic musical styles include roots-filled rock & roll, down home blues, swamp boogie, New Orleans R&B, country, rockabilly, gospel, soul and zydeco delivered with a world class flair! Winner of the 2015 Finnish Blues Award, Joey was also inducted into the International Blues Hall of Fame.

Also performing is Italy’s Sergio Bellotti, the highly acclaimed blues and jazz drummer who has performed with world class musicians such as Mike Stern, The Platters, Wayne Krantz, Tom Scott, Bob James, Robben Ford and Nathan East among many others.

Hailing from Moscow, Ksenia Vasileva is a new addition to the New England blues scene. Ksenia was
born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and started her music career playing piano.  She then learned to play the bass guitar and joined the ethnic all-female band Iva Nova, touring Russia and Europe.  She recently moved to Boston where she performs with Willie J. Laws and freelances extensively.

Guitarist, vocalist & blues historian TJ Wheeler is legendary for his performances of American Roots music. He performs a mix of blues, jazz, ragtime and more on a wide variety of instruments, including the 7 string guitar, ukulele, tenor banjo, 1 string Diddley bow & tap percussion. He has won accolades from Blues Revue magazine, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and the Boston Globe along with numerous awards including several Lifetime Achievement Awards and a W.C. Handy Award.

“The Goddess of the Blues” keyboardist and vocalist Cheryl Renee enjoys a homecoming celebration as she returns to New England to perform for the first time in 15 years. She is best-known in New England for her collaboration with husband Howard Randall in the Renee-Randall Blues Band. Cheryl has been playing and singing professionally since she was 17.  She landed a top 10 spot at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and also was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Blues category.

Teri Cote began playing drums professionally at the age of 14 with The Marcy Brothers who were signed to Warner Brothers Records and opened for major acts including George Strait, Eddie Rabbit, Johnny Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Exile and many more. She has since performed with David Cassidy, Rob Tyre, Stephen Bruton, Freddy Powers, Eric Martin and Bo Diddly.

Guitarist and vocalist J. Laite returns in his usual capacity as promoter-performer. With a successful track record operating the NewburyportBluesCruise for over 20 years, he is proud of the high quality performing artists who have joined the BluesCruise over the years. “Blues is a universal language that knows no geographic barriers and we’re excited to continue to deliver outstanding live music in this unique venue.”

This is a relaxing three hour sunset cruise on the Merrimack River and departs from downtown Newburyport Waterfront Park at 7:00 pm. A cash bar is available with complimentary chips n’ salsa served.

The Shirley Lewis Memorial Cruise featuring  a New Orleans Riverboat Party with Henri Smith, Amadee Castenell & “Friends and Flavours of NOLA”

Saturday August 25, 2018, 7 PM

Join us for our New Orleans River Cruise featuring New Orleans born and bred Henri Smith with Amadee Castenell and friends. Henri & Amadee bring the real deal spirit, sounds and “flavours” of NOLA. Join us on THE best New Orleans-style riverboat cruise this side of the Mississippi!

A native of New Orleans, Henri Smith frequently appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with artists such as Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Ellis Marsalis and Kermit Ruffins.  With his sophisticated swing and dramatic delivery of jazz, blues, and Cajun-flavored music, Smith’s career blossomed.

After losing his home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Smith moved to New England. Here he reconnected with fellow New Orleans musicians including Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Aaron Neville, lifelong friend, trumpeter and composer, Stanton Davis, the legendary Amadee Castenell and percussionist Charles Burchell, and created the band “Friends and Flavours”.   They perform a variety of styles including swing, funk, brass band-second line, R&B, latin, cajun, calypso and blues.

Veteran saxophonist Amadee Castenell has recorded and toured with an impressive list of major stars including Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Etta James, Ruth Brown, Dolly Parton, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, James Cotton, Albert King and Linda Ronstadt.

Also appearing are New England favorites percussionist Charles Burchell, “Ben S.” on keyboards, Zwe Bell LePere on upright bass and J. Laite on lead and slide guitar.

Our cruise honors the life and legacy of Shirley Lewis, The “Regal Queen of the Blues” without whose
inspiration and selflessness, these annual music events would not have been successful.

This is a relaxing three hour sunset cruise on the Merrimack River and departs from downtown Newburyport Waterfront Park at 7:00 pm. A cash bar is available with complimentary chips n’ salsa served.