|The American Queen|
The American Queen is currently undergoing mechanical rehab in Louisiana, making it ready for its return to regular river cruising service on the great American waterways. As the largest steamboat ever built, it is only fitting that the onboard entertainment will also be rich and diverse. The entertainers lined up for the upcoming 2012 season are truly impressive.
American Queen will return to service in April 2012, and the Harry James Orchestra will be onboard during some of the first cruises – they are scheduled to play nightly from April 25 through May 2nd. Today the band is a 16-piece ensemble plus lady vocalist, Gina Funes. The orchestra leader (yes, sorry but Harry James has passed away) is today Fred Radke – but the tradition of the orchestra is still alive and well with all of the original charts from the biggest hits: All or Nothing at All, Ain't She Sweet, Up a Lazy River and more.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra – the original big band show, features the hits that defined a generation such as: In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many others. Right now the 19-piece orchestra is in Japan, but they return before New Year's Eve. Coincidentally, the lead clarinetist is named Kevin Sheehan – but it is not the same K.O. as the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.
For a change of pace American Queen will pay tribute to some of the best All-American singers with the Rat Pack Show. Performers will replicate the hits of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin with the backing of the onboard orchestra. You'll hear Dean Martin's That's Amore and Everybody Loves Somebody. Then you get Frank Sinatra's Fly Me to the Moon, New York, New York, Ain't That a Kick in the Head, and many more.
My generation will certainly remember B.J. Thomas, and we will get the real man, not a tribute, as he sings his hits: Raindrops are Falling on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can't Help Believing, the Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and others.
The sound of the 60's get even better with the original Lovin Spoonful – The classic 60's group that will take you back to the summer of love with such great songs as: Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, Summer in the City and Nashville Cats.
Fans of the '50s will certainly remember The Platters – The original doo-wop act will bring back the classics: Only You, The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Harbour Lights.
But for real 50's Rock 'n Roll you can't top Bill Haley's Comets – The genesis of rockabilly and early rock, the Bill Haley's Comets show is full of energetic hits like: Rock Around The Clock and Shake Rattle and Roll.
Of course, no Mississippi River cruise would feel right without authentic New Orleans jazz, and you can't beat the The New Orleans Jazz All-stars. These maestros of the New Orleans Jazz scene offer up a journey through the history of this purely American music.
The Juggernaut Jug Band is known as the most amazing group of musicians ever assembled to play the authentic form of river music known as "jug music". This art form took root in river towns of the Deep South and features the styles of swing, jazz and bluegrass.
Speaking of Bluegrass – the boat will also feature the Storefront Congregation – Bluegrass music's newest sensation performing a great blend of bluegrass, country and blues.
Finally, get into the holiday spirit with the incredible Annie Moses Band family show performing seasonal music. This classically trained family features violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano and stunning vocals.
Dates for all of these artists will be announced soon – refer to the Great American Steamboat Company web site for future details. http://www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com/