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2016 Friday Early Escape
Summer Concert Series

On Board The Portland Spirit

Jul 29— IanJames

Aug 5 — Jeff Crosby

Aug 12 — Samsel

Aug 19 — Tyler Stenson

Aug 26 — Beth Willis

Sep 4 — Corner

Sep 9 — Elke Robitaille

Sep 16 — Torchsong

Sep 23 — Nate Botsford

Sep 30 — The Junebugs

Friday 3PM-5PM JUL-SEP

Start the weekend early with a one of a kind summer concert cruise series featuring a different local band every week!

Pricing from $30/person

Includes two hour cruise and live entertainment. Bistro style menu and beverage from our full service bars available for purchase on board.

Prices for all cruises are subject to change. Displayed prices do not include $4 per-passenger landing fee and any other relevant taxes or charges.


July 29 — IanJames Band (pop blues soul)

Described as the love child of Michael Jackson & James Taylor, IanJames is an artist that believes in allowing the song to be the center of attention, not himself. IJB (IanJames Band) has shared the stage with national acts, performed at radio events and more. They have a simple philosophy when it comes to performing both their original material & the covers they grew up with...

Great Music + Great Energy = Great Time

Book IanJames Band 7/29


August 5 — Jeff Crosby (alt rock americana)

Gifted with a gritty and genuine voice that at once feels familiar to fans of rock and country music, Idaho-born songwriter, singer, and guitarist Jeff Crosby has been writing songs, grinding out shows, and sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the United States and beyond for the better part of the past 10 years.

Book Jeff Crosby 8/5

August 12 — Samsel (alt country blues)

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Samsel‘s tunes are eclectic and sincere. Playing a mix of Blues and good old fashioned Alternative Country, you'll find foot stomping fun for the whole family.

Book Samsel 8/12

August 19 — Tyler Stenson (singer-songwriter americana folk)

Born in Wyoming but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is an arresting singer/songwriter of acoustic 'elegant folk' music that hints at comparison to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams. While he has been locally recognized as the two-time 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and 'Best Male Artist' at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, on the national stage, Stenson has received even more impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry.

Recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was, Stenson was named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center's Songwriter III contest (out of 10,000), as well as, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and music critic Ryan Spaulding, to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 (out of 4,000). Additionally, Stenson's music is currently in rotation on SiriusXM's "The Coffee House" station (ch31), he was named ReverbNation's 'Breaking Artist' of 2013, he has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn, Matisyahu and more and his original music has been featured on multiple Chevrolet commercials and a few popular television series.

Above all, Stenson has proven he's not just another "guy and his guitar," his foundational belief that 'lyric is king' sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.

Book Tyler Stenson 8/19

August 26 — Beth Willis Rock Duo (rock acoustic)

In the past year, the Beth Willis Rock Duo has played houses in Las Vegas, Mexico, Portland, and at sea. They've opened for national acts including Rick Springfield, Pablo Cruise, and Thompson Square, and have appeared in venues like The Viper Room (LA), House of Blues (Las Vegas), and the Troubadour (London). Pairing catchy originals (described by one critic as "Instant Classic Rock") with a seemingly never-ending repertoire of popular covers from every era (they take requests!), the duo is charming, accessible, and above all, a lot of fun. Come check out the act Oregon Music News called "...worth a long listen, especially in person."

Book Beth Willis Rock Duo 8/26


September 2 — Corner (indie folk rock)

CORNER was born from the restaurant industry. Our group of five met and continue to work at the Portland City Grill and consists of sisters Crystal and Angela Lariza, Grant Andersson, Ray Maestas, and Mike Cook. We all have come from different parts of the country and landed together in Portland, OR. Brought together by work, we started playing music together only a year and a half ago. With numerous live shows under our belt, we just finished recording our first studio EP, "Rude Awakening". The sound is a timeless mix of folk, rock, and indie, ranging from soft ballads to upbeat rock and dance.

Book Corner 9/2

September 9 — Elke Robitaille

Elke Robitaille is a Portland-based singer/songwriter and Folk artist who performs original compositions from haunting ballads to foot-stomping bluegrass. Her original songs have been recorded and released on 4 studio albums spanning from 2002 to 2016. Elke's latest studio recording, "In The End" was released in June, 2016.

Elke has played live music professionally for over 12 years at venues ranging from farmers markets and festivals; to house concerts and cruise ships (and everything in between!) She has performed in over 25 States and 6 Provinces in Canada.

Book Elke Robitaille 9/9

September 16 — Torchsong

“Torchsong is the ultimate party playlist band. A versatile dance band.

They will keep the party rocking with chart-toppers from every decade of music! From Motown and Pop to Classic Rock and R&B. Torchsong will keep you groovin on the dance floor.”

Top 40, 2000's 90's and 80's hits like: Uptown Funk.. Black Velvet.. Last Friday Night.. Locked Out of Heaven.. Crazy In Love.. Hot Blooded.. Addicted To Love.. Roxanne.. Working For the Weekend.. Don't Stop Believin'

Book Torchsong 9/16

September 23 — Nate Botsford

Life’s big themes – love, loss and heartbreak among them – thread through Portland singer-songwriter Nate Botsford. His lyrics, which can lean toward the melancholy, are meant to reflect experiences listeners themselves have had; ideally, Botsford says, “They can feel like it was written just for them and find a glimmer of hope.” That said, DJs at Portland radio station Kink FM, which has three of its tracks in rotation, have described Hourglass as a feel-good album, the tunefully acoustic sort you might add to a road-trip playlist or queue up for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Book Nate Botsford 9/23

September 30 — The Junebugs

Imagine if Neil Young and Janis Joplin had three love children, and those children grew up to like Folk Rock and Hip Hop.

Led by frontman and beard enthusiast Moses Barrett, The Junebugs combine high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.

The Junebugs originated on the Vancouver, BC circuit before migrating south to Portland, OR. There, guitarist Barrett picked up drummer Kyle Owen and bassist Sean Vinson, equally bearded and hailing from impressive musical backgrounds. Covering everything from Tom Petty to TLC to Lorde, the eclectic taste of the trio ranges from turn-of-the-century Americana to modern Hip Hop, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmony. Their original tunes have a dreamy, sweet quality reminiscent of Neil Young and Iron & Wine, peppered with fiery banjo lines. There is something for everyone here.

“The American songbook is alive and well, and it didn’t end in the 1950’s,” Barrett says.

Book The Junebugs 9/30

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