Dick Dale wasn't nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced. Dale's pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such "exotic" scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren't the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren't enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards -- he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).
Their culture was dying, and their music was on it's way out. Something had to be done. They could no longer stand idly by. They were chomping at the bit to play rock and roll. They needed to do their part to help save this wonderful music that so defined their lives. So they formed a band. And they went out into the world and played live. Five white boys, bangin' on toys....and they would call themselves......MANITOBA!"
Born and raised in New York City, MANITOBA'S punk/hard rock roots date back to CBGB and beyond. Led by former Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, and occasional DKT/MC5 frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba, the band is is comprised of a mighty crew. Ross The Boss (Dictators, Manowar, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom) on lead guitar teams up his with pal, guitarist Daniel Rey (Ramones songwriter and producer, Ronnie Spector, MWK). Add JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson (Dictators, MWK) absolutely smashing the drum kit and big, bad Dean "The Dream" Rispler's (Murphy's Law) pounding bass to the mix and there you have it...Two great guitar players and a killer, melodic, throbbing rhythm section led by the world's greatest entertainer. MANITOBA. Simple. Unpretentious. LOUD. FUN. The way it's SUPPOSED to be!
Crawling out from the weed-choked lots of the once proud town, The Detroit Cobras whip out ass-shaking anthems to good times, wild times, and the high and lows of L-U-V-E; you best believe it and you best not mess with it. Singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez are the bad girls by the exit doors at the school dance, all leather and heels, sneaking smokes and passing the flask. They have no time for dewy-eyed love songs or girl group decorum; they'll take care of business themselves with a bat of the eye or an elbow to the kidney. Rachels warm as the bourbon under the seat of your car voice can boom to the back pews (Did we say "pews?" We meant "barstools") and Mary's riffs let you know that love and good times can be found in the tilt of a hip or at the end of a fist.
This cruise is aboard THE PRINCESS and will depart from the Pier 81 - 41 Street & the West Side Highway.
We will be boarding and departing at the times listed on your ticket and are not able to allow refunds if you miss the boat. So don't be late - it sure ain't pretty to be standin on the dock, watching the party sailing away!
There are cash bars on board so make sure to swing by the ATM on your way to the boat. There will be food available for purchase. All cruises are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the show or your purchase, please contact Sancho Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our FAQ page on www.rocksoff.com
Please note that all shows are 21 and over and ID will be required upon boarding the boat