Band cruises keep soaking up crowds

Band cruises keep soaking up crowds, ONLY infoTech

If you wanted to catch Kid Rock in concert this month, that ship has sailedall the way from Miami to the Bahamas, where his Chillin’ the Most cruise promised a five-day trip “curated specifically for the badass rebels.” It featured a lineup of bands belting out Southern rock and rap, with plenty of other events on the docket, like Bacon & Bingo hosted by country singer Colt Ford and a hip-hop dance taught by Kid Rock’s backup dancers, according to the schedule posted online.

Music cruises like this one are riding a wave of popularity as artists look to supplement dwindling recording income and book winter and spring concert dates before the summer festival season. Fans are willing to shell out thousands of dollars for tickets that offer concert-filled, sun-splashed vacations and the allure of hanging out with their music idols at the buffet or pool deck.

Aging rock and country stars have long used music cruises to make an extra buck by luring longtime loyal fans. Foreigner and Boz Scaggs are already slated to perform on the ’70s Rock & Romance cruise to depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, next March, for instance. But lately, younger fans are scooping up tickets to cruises spotlighting artists in their prime and covering modern genres like electronic dance music.

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