Mighty Blue Headlines June Blues Cruise 



The Smoky Mountain Blues Society presents a special performance by Mighty Blue, performing onstage during the Society’s June Blues Cruise taking place on Sunday, June 25. The 3 hour Sunday afternoon cruise is on the Star of Knoxville Tennessee Riverboat.

First and foremost, Mighty Blue is a Blues Band. Founded by Michael James, Paul McQuade, Brian Murphy, and Barry Freeman in 2005, they were driven to play old school blues from Chicago,  Memphis, and Texas. Through the years Mighty Blue has been graced by the talents of many local Knoxville, TN, area musicians such as Chuck McCroskey, Chico Crawford, Scott Fugate, Jen Wolery, Richard “Bluesman” Bryant, Detroit Dave Meer, and Traci Cochran.

Although the Blues is still Mighty Blue’s calling, with it’s new, eclectic line-up, it’s hard not to jump into some satisfying soul or a funky vibe, sprinkled with some  saucy swing and rock-n-roll to boot.

Or as it says on their website http://www.mightyblue.net, “No matter what style we are playing, you are gonna wanna use your feet, cause this is BLUES you can USE!”

The Riverboat, located just one-half mile east of Neyland Stadium at 300 Neyland Drive next to Calhouns, begins boarding at 3:15 pm and departs at 4 pm for a three hour cruise to 7 pm cruise down the beautiful Tennessee River, with live entertainment from the band, a cash bar and food options onboard.
Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, (http://tnriverboat.com/blues-cruises-2/) and by calling (865) 525-7827.  Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door.  Smoky Mountain Blues Society Members can enjoy a special discount.  Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available.  More information at www.smokymountainblues.org.

The remainder of this year’s lineup is as follows:

7/2: Devan Jones and Friends – Knoxville native returns for a special holiday Show
7/23: The Stella Vees – Hot retro-blues hailing from Lexington, Kentucky!
8/27: Cheryl Renee – “Goddess of the Blues” will leave her throne in Cincinnati, Ohio for a day
9/24: TBD – Announcement coming soon!
10/15: John Nemeth – West Coast harmonica will blow off your socks!

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