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Yesterday, I posted the Taste of Chicago’s 2007 concert lineup, and one of our readers commented that he didn’t know of anything similar that happens in NYC. True. I don’t know of any big-time New York food festivals in Central Park with free music (if you do; please enlighten me!). But, there’s definitely one thing I have never heard of happening in Chicago: a concert booze cruise series. Sure, there might be a one-time private event like that here and there, but nothing that compares to NYC’s Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series.

I recently checked out the current Rocks Off 2007 lineup, and there are some great bands playing this summer. Sure, we’ve got our normal cast of jam-heavy characters (Tea Leaf Green, Brothers Past, the Breakfast, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey), but there are also plenty of other bands and DJs that crossover all kinds of categories and genres (Fishbone, Apollo Sunshine, Carbon Leaf, RJD2, Amon Tobin). The list is pretty darn impressive. Plus, there’s nothing quite like rocking out on a boat off the island of Manhattan at the stroke of midnight. Add to that the intimacy of the ‘Rocks Off’ experience and the seafaring debauchery, and you’ve got yourself a great summer night in NYC!

Current list of Rocks Off Concert Cruises after the jump…


Fishbone – THU – 5/3/2007
Apollo Sunshine – THU – 5/24/2007
Urban Sun – FRI – 6/1/2007
The Pietasters – SAT – 6/2/2007
Tea Leaf Green – SUN – 6/3/2007
Black 47 – FRI 6/8/2007
Future Rock w/ Eliot Lipp – FRI – 6/15/2007
The Slackers – SAT – 6/16/2007
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – FRI – 6/22/2007
Bad Brains – MON – 6/25/2007 (according to BadBrains.com)
Zen Tricksters w/ David Gans – THU – 6/28/2007
Brothers Past – FRI – 6/29/2007
The Breakfast – THU – 7/5/2007
Carbon Leaf – WED – 7/11/2007
The Machine – FRI – 7/13/2007
Electric Six – THU – 7/19/2007
Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons – SAT – 7/21/2007
Push – THU – 7/26/2007
Tauk – THU – 7/26/2007
Eclectic Collective – SAT – 7/27/2007
Virginia Coalition – THU – 8/2/2007
RJD2 – FRI – 8/3/2007
The Spam Allstars – SUN – 8/5/2007
Booga Sugar – THU – 8/9/2007
Amon Tobin – THU – 8/16/2007
The Casual Fiasco – FRI – 8/17/2007
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Sound of Urchin – FRI 8/24/2007
Kid Koala – THU – 8/30/2007
The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) – FRI – 8/31/2007
….with more bands likely to be added

Get more details and info at the Rocks Off NYC site.
(sidenote: I combined listings from both Jambase.com and the Rocks Off site)

Also, thanks to our commenters for the two updates!

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