Last night the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, aboard the sold out Holland America MS Nieuw Amsterdam, hit St Croix’s shores and turned the town of Frederiksted Blue. Not only a thrill for passengers aboard the rockin’ ship, but residents and visitors to the island were treated to a day filled with fun, food and great music with the community event on the Frederiksted waterfront. From 10am to 9pm the street was lined with vendors selling locally made crafts and delicious homemade West Indian treats. And of course, there was plenty of Cruzan rum flowing.
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is no stranger to St Croix and has made many stops here over the years, becoming an anticipated event. Cruise passengers enjoy stellar lineups – this cruise included Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Latimore, Colin James and more (check out the lineup here) – and a weeklong music fest that takes place both onboard the ship and in each port. Musicians hold jam sessions on board often into the morning. It’s one big ole party ship!
Welcome to Freedom City | Frederiksted, St Croix
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise aboard the Holland America MS MS Nieuw Amsterdam
When cruise ships are in port, the main waterfront road is closed and local food and craft vendors line the way.
There’s no better way to enjoy the Blues than with the Caribbean Sea and a beautiful sunset as the backdrop!
St Croix’s own Eddie Russell Band opened the festivities and Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Nights closed out the show.
The Blues Cruise lineup featured Ruthie Foster Band, North Mississippi Allstars, and Latimore.
The crowd on the waterfront cheered as the sun dipped below the horizon.
There was no shortage of good eats to be had with the terrific array of local vendors!
The Blue Moon Cafe (no longer open), long known for their New Orleans influence and love of the blues, was hopping all night long.
Thanks for a great time Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Hope to see you back in 2017!
You can enjoy a smaller version of this event on the last Friday of each month with Frederiksted Sunset Jazz. Just bring a chair or a blanket and relax as you watch the spectacular West End Caribbean Sunset while listening to local and visiting jazz bands.
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