SUNSET JAZZ CRUISE: EVOLUTION OF HORNS8 p.m., Arkansas Queen Riverboat. $22-$44.
Having recently disembarked from one of these, I can say, without reservation, that booze and band cruises on the Arkansas Queen are the jam. There's top-deck sightseeing, a big seating area and bar on the second floor and enough room for getting down in the ballroom. This week, there's even a start time that grown folks should be able to manage. Those horns of the title come courtesy of Rodney Block
and J. White
, perhaps the two finest players in Central Arkansas. Block, a trumpet player, and White, a saxophonist, mix covers and originals in the ballroom with Block's typical backing unit, the Real Music Lovers
, playing in support. On the boat's other levels, Velvet Kente's joshua
offers impassioned acoustic soul and DJ Swift
spins dance tunes. Tickets may only be available in advance. Call 372-5777, 442-0649 or 870-413-9699 to purchase tickets or for more information.
The boat cruises rain or shine.