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Ball In the House, Overboard, and AHMIR Take To High Seas

Series Kicks off June 5 with Carbon Leaf and Enter the Haggis

Boston, MA – May 31, 2011- A capella takes to the high seas on June 12 aboard the Rock and Blues Concert Cruises with  Ball in the House , Overboard and introducing YouTube R+B sensation AHMIR. A portion of the proceeds from this special all-ages family friendly cruise will be donated to Lucy’s Love Bus, an Amesbury based charity that works to ease the suffering of pediatric cancer patients through therapeutic therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and therapeutic horseback riding.  The Rock and Blues Concert Cruises sail on the Provincetown II operated by Bay Sate Cruise Company at the World Trade Center Pier. Boarding begins at 2pm; the boat leaves at 3pm. Tickets and information are available at www.rockandbluescruise.com

From Boston to LA, NYC, Singapore & just about everywhere in between, Ball in the House is the definition of a working band, performing more than 250 shows a year.  They have appeared on National TV including NBC’s TODAY show, CBS’s The Early Show, and America’s Got Talent and they are the voices on the KRAFT Cool Whip TV & Radio commercials. Their amazing combination of Soul, Pop & R&B influences their versions of cover songs from classic artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Bill Withers & Smokie Robinson and even contemporary artists like Ne-Yo, Usher, B.o.B & Bruno Mars.  Honored with 9 Billboard World Music Songwriting Awards for their original works, Ball in the House seamlessly blends classic R&B, contemporary Pop and R&B, 70’s Funk, Motown, Oldies & original music to create a show perfect for the entire family.

Overboard made their mark street performing throughout New England and donating their services to a variety of non-profit organizations. They have performed at American Idol's annual summer camp and on the CBS Early Show's A Cappella Quest. The group recently celebrated their fifth anniversary by winning the prestigious Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. Overboard also took the Audience Favorite Award and Best Original Arrangement at the Festival. The accolades go well beyond this. Since 2009, the group has received 7 CARA nominations and one CARA award for Best Holiday Song for their version of "We Three Kings. They will delight the Rock and Blues Cruise audience with  songs by Gnarls Barkley, Rihanna, and Sara Bareilles, but stick to their classic roots with songs such as “Stand By Me” and “In The Still Of The Night.” 

AHMIR has quickly established themselves as the premiere, up and coming male R&B group. Solidifying their growing popularity, AHMIR is the #1 MOST POPULAR R&B GROUP on YouTube with over 40 million video views and comments by celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Owl City, Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers and more. The group has used their success to bring awareness to several charity organizations including Lucy's Love Bus, Haiti Relief Fund, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Words Matter, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids, and many more. AHMIR is now signed to Robbins Entertainment (distributed by RED / Sony Music) home to 2010 VMA Nominated "Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada and the Top 10 Billboard hit "Heaven" by DJ Sammy. AHMIR is poised to continue their winning ways to achieve new heights in the music industry and become one of the top R&B groups in the U.S. and beyond.

A portion of the proceeds from this cruise will be donated to Lucy’s Love Bus, an organization started in Amesbury, MA. Lucy’s Love Bus™ eases the suffering of pediatric cancer patients by providing free integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and therapeutic horseback riding to children with cancer and children coping with late effects of prior cancer treatment.

The Rock and Blues Concert Cruise series kicks off this Sunday, June 5 with Carbon Leaf and Enter the Haggis, providing a Celtic flavor to the schedule. The complete schedule for the 2011 series includes: 

June 5              Carbon Leaf with Enter the Haggis                                        3:00 PM

June 12            An afternoon of A capella with Ball In The House,               3:00 PM

                        Overboard and introducing R+B vocal group AHMIR

                        A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lucy’s Love Bus.

June 18            Ryan Montbleau Band                                                            8:00 PM

                        with special guest Will Dailey and the Rivals

July 10             The Alternate Routes and Adam Ezra Group                        3:00 PM

July 17             Nate Wilson Group                                                                3:00 PM

                        Jesse Dee, Paranoid Social Club

July 24             Booty Vortex’s Carnivale                                                      3:00 PM

August 14       Beatlejuice                                                                              3:00 PM

August 21       Entrain with Sun Jones                                                           3:00 PM

Rock and Blues Concert Cruises depart from the World Trade Center Pier at 200 Seaport Blvd, in the Seaport District of Boston. Cruises board one hour before departure time and last three hours.  There is a cash bar and food concessions on board.  Ticket holders must be 21+ with the exception of the June 12 concert which is an all-ages family-friendly event.

Tickets: Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.rockandbluescruise.com.  Online ticketing closes four hours before sailing on the day of the event. If the show is not sold out, tickets will be available at the Bay State Cruise Box Office located at the pier starting 90 minutes before sailing. Rock and Blues Concert Cruises sail rain or shine.

Parking for Bay State Cruise Company in the Seaport District:  Adjacent open air parking lots cost $10-$12 per car per day. Underground parking is available at the Seaport Hotel, directly across the street from the dock. Rates in the garage are more expensive.

Take the T to Bay State Cruise Company via the Silver Line - Take the subway to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line (the Silver Line also travels through the Back Bay). The Silver Line departs approximately every five minutes to the World Trade Center stop and the trip is just a few minutes.

Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Pre-Parties: Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Pre-Parties have become a tradition offering concert goers the option to enjoy a refreshing drink prior to boarding the boat.  Details of the parties will be announced shortly.