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07/02/09


Cruising and Schmoozing

MERLE EXIT, ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR



My alarm clock awakened me with music from CD 101.9, smooth jazz. It was my driving music as well. This particular jazz mode kept me calm, as it seemed to
be the perfect volume as well as rhythm. I didn’t really know the artists, but didn’t really care.

Not too long ago, I set the alarm and woke up to some sort of rock music. I kept adjusting the tuner and thought there might be something wrong with my radio. The internet revealed that the station was sold and I would have no
more CD 101.9.

Marquee Concerts decided to book the stars and this summer there is a lineup of CD 101.9 bands starting with Spyro Gyra. Spirit of New York is the cruise line that’s showcasing the entertainment
calling it the “Smooth Cruises” at a price of $55.

Leaving from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, the boat had three levels. The middle level is where the band and very small dance floor is located. First and third level is the locale of the buffet, a $25
extra with a one time, one plate deal. Just a thought…I went for the proteins of chicken wings, salmon and roast beef (They were slicing up ham, as well). Small plate of cookies for dessert. You can purchase your Buffet ticket in advance for $20; pre-purchase a dozen chicken wings for $10 or a shrimp cocktail for $15. Drinks? If you pre-purchase drink tickets you save $2.

The excursion takes you to view the usual Hudson River spots, including the Statue of Liberty. Being there with the band was well worth the concert price with a cruise simply thrown in. What’s
the Wednesday’s lineup? Bobby Caldwell on the 15th, The Rippingtons, July 22, Jonathan Butler, July 29, Najee August 5, Peter White & Mindi Abair, August 12,
Marion Meadows & Shilts (from The Down to the Bone), August 19, Phil Perry, August 26, and Pieces of Dream, September 2.

www.marqueeconcerts.com

Listen to my interview with Bill Zafiros from Marquee concerts on Whirl With Merle on www. blogtalkradio.com



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