Bluzpik Rekerdz USA & Cruise Holidays present a cruise to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s “Monarch of the Seas” departing Port Canaveral, FL on May 21, 2010 and returning on May 24, 2010 featuring The Nouveaux Honkies & Ben Prestage. Passengers will be entertained by two of Florida’s most popular acts including private onboard performances, a beach party, private cocktail party, and up close and personal meet & greets with the bands. In addition to the private performances, cruisers will enjoy a weekend full of Royal Caribbean style fun including all onboard dining, cruise entertainment, and access to ship’s facilities and daily activities.
Pricing for the cruise, based on double occupancy, are $449 per person for indoor cabins, $499 for outside and $849 for Junior Suites with balconies. Fully refundable deposits of $150 per person to confirm reservations are now being accepted. Cruise Holidays is offering an onboard credit of $50 per cabin for all reservations received by October 26, 2009. Reservations can be made by contacting Bob Rossi at Cruise Holidays at 772-408-2210 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at any Nouveaux Honkies or Ben Prestage live show.
Who are The Nouveaux Honkies? Head south to the East coast of Florida and you might run into them in the town of Port Salerno. This small commercial fishing village is the stomping ground of singer/guitarist Tim O’Donnell and violinist Rebecca Dawkins, who moved there in 2005 from South Carolina. Stir in the mix of Mike Burney on bass and you have the unmistakable sound of this Blues/Roots Country band. The group started touring after their second album “Where Do I Go” was released in early 2008. After a run to Montana and Idaho that summer, the album made its debut on the Roots Country (Americana) Chart at # 14. After 33 weeks on the national chart, “Where Do I Go” peaked at #3 in early 2009.
Blues Review Magazine linked the sounds to “The Stones, with hints of Dire Straights, Curtis Mayfield, Hendrix, and Wolf”. O’Donnell’s vocal style was said to be “an amalgam of Van Morrison and Willy DeVille”. Violinist Rebecca Dawkins crafts her lead lines over popping rhythms and their unique blend of blues, swing and country becomes the sound that fans describe as a reinvention of the musical wheel.
Ben Prestage spent some time as a street performer on historic Beale Street, while living in Memphis, TN. He used to share a spot in front of the New Daisy Theatre with modern blues legends Robert Belfour (Fat Possum Records) and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues Competition winner). Being a street musician in the “Blues capital of the South” threw Prestage’s music in a new direction. To his show, he added a cigarbox guitar (made by Memphian one-man-band John Lowe) which has stereo guitar and bass strings that can be played independently, at the same time. Then Ben added a series of four foot pedals that can be manipulated by the heels and toes of both feet to play a drum kit. The final result is Ben playing guitar, bass, and drums while singing his own brand of Blues which leaves bottles empty and dance floors full wherever his music takes him.
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