Singin’ the blues while crusin’ in Newburyport

Featured image: The Captain’s Lady III awaits passengers for the Newburyport BluesCruise. (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Chillin’ on a hot summer night can’t get any cooler than a ride on the Newburyport BluesCruise. Hop aboard in historic Newburyport, MA, for a three-hour sunset tour along the Merrimack River, accompanied by live music from some of the top blues artists in the country. For more than 20 years, the BluesCruise has hosted a wide range of talent, including James Montgomery, Cheryl Arena, David Hull, Henri Smith, Amadee Castenell, and Duke Robillard.

James Montgomery and David Hull (7-26-14)Guitarist David Hull and harmonica player/vocalist James Montgomery perform aboard the Newburyport BluesCruise. (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Grab a drink at the cash bar and some complimentary chips and dip, find a seat, and enjoy the music. Or dance on the deck. Along the way, keep an eye out for seals relaxing on the rocks, cormorants guarding the bar crossing signs, bald eagles gliding overhead, and great blue herons fishing near shore as the sun sinks behind the horizon.

Sunset on Merrimack RiverThe sun sets at the Merrimack River during a Newburyport BluesCruise. (photo by Cheryl Landes)

BluesCruise tours depart Newburyport on select Saturdays in July and August at 7 p.m., and the music starts on the boat’s upper deck 30 minutes later. The next cruise, on August 27, features “The Divas of the Blues”: Toni Lynn Washington, Diane Blue, Willie J. Laws, J. Laite, and Duelin Guitars.

Buy tickets online, because these concerts sell out. Then print your receipt and take it to the Newburyport Whale Watch booth at 54 Merrimac Street in Waterfront Park to pick up your tickets.

Board the BluesCruise at Waterfront Park, either next door to the Black Cow Tap & Grill, or behind the Chamber of Commerce information booth and Firehouse Center for the Arts. Check your ticket or receipt for the exact location, or call (978) 462-3141 to confirm.

Pay parking is available at Waterfront Park, 36 Merrimac Street, and other lots nearby. Arrive as early as possible, because spaces fill quickly, especially on busy summer weekends.

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