June 10, 2011

ZZ Top plays for Native charity

ZZ Top And George Thorogood To Headline Cruise

Classic rock and southern rock well represented on this outing

By Greg Prato
Rock cruises are becoming more and more common nowadays (as evidenced by the recently-reported Kiss Kruise, among others). And another has just been announced, the Rock Legends Cruise. But unlike many of the other similarly-themed cruises, this one will benefit a good cause.

The organization presenting the Rock Legends Cruise lineup is the Native American Heritage Association, with proceeds from the cruise going to underwrite NAHA's work--providing emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota.

Headlining the cruise will be renowned classic rockers ZZ Top and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, with quite a few other classic rock/southern rock bands rounding out the line-up.
Comment:  For more on Native music, see Ojibwa Rapper Plex and First Indian Chamber Music Festival.

Below:  George Thorogood.

1 comment:

Rob said...

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Rocking the Boat on the Legends Cruise

I am a big fan of cruising, and like many “boomers,” I also take rock ‘n roll pretty seriously. For me, life doesn’t get any better than last week’s Rock Legends Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas--an amazing lineup of 21 bands performing day and night. It was like Woodstock at sea; four days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll.

Participating artists included ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchet, the Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Foghat, Dickie Betts and Great Southern, Johnny Winter, his brother Edgar Winter, Devon Allman (the guitar-playing son of Gregg Allman), Artimus Pyle (former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pat Travers and several more.

Most of these bands (but not all) fall into the Southern Rock category.

The story behind this event is almost as amazing as the cruise itself. It was all instigated by a woman who had never before promoted a music concert: Pamela Myers, vice president and treasurer for the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA). This four-star charity benefits the Native Americans of two of America's poorest counties, the Crow Creek and Pine Ridge reservations in South Dakota.