If you know me, you know that the Old 97's are one of my favorite bands of all time. They are definitely one of the, if not the, best live bands I have ever seen. They put on an incredible show, and pour their hearts and their sweat into every note.
If you've never seen them before, now is your chance to see them play...on a boat.
The 2007 Rockin'The River (formerly NYC Blues Cruise) lineup has been announced, and there are some great names on there. The 97's are playing two shows on Friday July 27th. 7 and 9:30. Not only do you get to see a great band, you get awesome scenery and views of the city as the boat cruises around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Tickets are 45 dollars in advance, which in my opinion is a great deal considering you could probably pay that much for a 2 hour cruise around Manhattan with no band playing. This is the 97's only current East Coast show. They don't play out that often any more, since Rhett Miller has been doing a lot of solo projects, so don't pass up on this one.
Raul Malo, former lead singer of the Mavericks, is playing on July 25th and 26th. I highly recommend this show as well. Raul has a phenomenal voice that goes right through you when he sings. I would describe it as a slightly more operatic Roy Orbison. His post-Mavericks solo albums have stressed more crooning, and Spanish singing, but he is highly entertaining and there are not many better singers in music today.
Also of note, John Popper and Martin Sexton both have shows as well.
For the complete lineup, go to http://www.rtrcruises.com/schedule/schedule.htm