Pop-Press: Rocks Off 2014 Concert Cruise Line-Up


Rocks Off, New York City’s sweetest independent concert promoters are back with a brand new season of high seas rock ‘n’ roll adventures. The company has announced a slew of concerts aboard their floating armada of rock for the 2014 Season and we’re pretty stoked to fill you in on the line-up.

Saturday April 19th: The Annual 4/20 Boat Bash
Rocks Off kicks off its the year with their annual 4/20 Bash featuring music by the CCB Reggae All-Stars. Food will be provided throughout the night by Dr. Marinade who’ll be providing you with freshly prepared Pulled Pork, Shredded Jerk Chicken, and plenty of Veggie/Vegan options. Click here for tickets.

Saturday April 26th: Ship of Fools #12
Rocks Off brings their annual “Ship of Fools” show featuring the Grateful Dead tribute band Wigjam to the high seas a little earlier this season (they usually set sale late in the season). Food will once again be provided by Dr. Marinade. Click here for tickets. Tickets for the August 23rd show can be purchased here.

Friday May 2: DeadPhish Orchestra
Keeping in the high-minded way of thinking (see what we did there), Rocks Off brings the unique DeadPhish Orchestra to the boats. The band actually blends the songs and style of The Dead and Phish together. In tow to open things up will be Dave Chiappetta and Steadfast Charlie. Click here for tickets.

May 10: The E Street Shuffle: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
We love these guys! Having seen them down the Jersey Shore for years we can only imagine how awesome they will be rocking a boat. Click here for tickets,

May 16: Schism a Tribute to Tool
Tool doesn’t come around too often so why not see them along with Love Hate Love – A Tribute to Alice in Chains. Click here for tickets.

May 28: Start Making Sense: A Tribute to The Talking Heads
One of New York’s most popular tribute bands brings the NYC city of The Talking Heads to life. Click here for tickets.

June 11: The New Mastersounds
Funk, soul and blues from a bunch of well-dressed Brits! This is a killer night to dance aboard the boat. Click here for tickets.

June 19: Donna the Buffalo
Donna the Buffalo’s feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music all began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands. Click here for tickets.

July 10: Black 47
This is a must-see show as it’ll be the Irish band’s last show on the boats as they’ll be calling it a day by the end of this year. Click here for tickets.

July 19: The Machine — Performs Pink Floyd
America’s premier Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out large clubs and theaters across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Germany’s Rock of Ages. Band travels with the incredible “Interstellar Light & Multimedia Show”. Also available with numerous add-ons like quadraphonic surround sound, LASERS and even as SYMPHONIC FLOYD featuring the band performing with a customizable concert orchestra. Click here for tickets.

July 25: The Pietasters
Looking for some “OG” ska music? Then it’s time you had a slice of pie. That was incredibly lame, but ska on a boat? Totally not. Click here for tickets.

July 28: No Code Jam
Another great that we saw back at the Jersey Shore. Pearl Jam isn’t touring around here so why not check them out on the Hudson River? Click here for tickets.

August 9: Sound Of Urchin
Sound of Urchin (“SOU”, “Urchin”, “The Sound of MF Urchin”) is a diverse “outsider arena-rock” band from Brooklyn NY and New Hope PA. SOU is known for their eclectic songs and unique line-up of a drummer who sings, two lead guitarists, and a bassist, and for their energetic, spontaneous live shows and heavy touring schedules. Click here for tickets.

August 23: The Slackers
If there exists a more entertaining and engaging live band to ever come out of New York City than the Slackers, we have never seen or heard of them. They are an insanely awesome mix of reggae, rock steady, ska, and soul music. If you can’t have fun at a Slackers concert then you suck at life. The last time we saw saw someone frowning at a Slackers concert was never. Rocks Off honcho Jake likes to tell people that in the unlikely event he were to ever get married, the Slackers would be the band he would hire for his wedding. Click here for tickets.

September 20: Jimmy Kenny & The Pirate Beach Band
Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band will warm your musical soul while playing the best of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown, as well as country favorites, summer pop, reggae and tropical classics during this “Beach Party On The East River”. It’s five o’clock somewhere, so go coastal and get knee deep with no shoes, no shirt and no problems! Jimmy Kenny’s concerts provide the soundtrack and atmosphere for endless summer fun! Click here for tickets.

Bill Bodkin is the gray bearded owner, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, he is lucky husband, and proud father to a beautiful daughter named Sophie. He can be seen regularly on the site reviewing The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and is the host of the site's podcast, The BreakCast. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism & English. Follow him on Twitter: @BodkinWrites