Presented by Sixthman, Rock Boat XIII sails out of Miami for Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, aboard the Norwegian Pearl Feb. 24, returning March 1. The voyage will also include performances by Ponderosa, Ben Rector, Red Wanting Blue, Rusted Root, Saints Of Victory, DJ Soulman, Yacht Rock Revue and more acts to be announced.
“We had no idea that The Rock Boat would become the family of guests and artists that is has become when [it] began in 2001,” Sixthman CEO Andy Levine said. “We are fortunate to be able to host some of the most promising new artists each year and are so excited to have Needtobreathe back for an encore performance.”
There’s a lot to do on Rock Boat. Along with Sister Hazel jamming on the high seas, the Norwegian Pearl features plenty of ocean-going amenities, including The Pearl Club Casino, swimming pools, an outdoor climbing wall and even onboard bowling lanes.
Rock Boat’s legacy began back in the days when Levine was managing Sister Hazel and the group’s label wanted to hold a convention, a concept that resulted in a ship, the band, and 400 fans.
“We got onboard and we were scared to death,” Levine told Pollstar during a 2011 interview. “The band was like, ‘We’re going to be trapped on a ship with our fans for four days?’
“We took everyone to this private bar onboard. We bought them drinks for an hour and a half. The band told their wives they’d meet them at dinner. They signed everything in the room, took every photo and we toasted the fans. We had an amazing four days. I remember coming back going “‘That’s it. That’s my future. This band and their fans on vacation.’”
For more information about Rock Boat XIII, including how you can book your stateroom today, visit TheRockBoat.com.