Great American Steamboat Company announces lineup of headlining entertainers

The Great American Steamboat Company announces the details of the entertainment line-up for the inaugural season of the Steamer American Queen, including the line’s inaugural season “Riverlorian”.

Each night, entertainers will perform in the American Queen’s Grand Saloon. Two decks tall, the Grand Saloon is an elegant showplace. Every evening, guests will be treated to a different celebration of American music, from Broadway hits to Dixieland Jazz, big band to bluegrass, ragtime to rock and roll. Showboat-style cabaret acts and old-fashioned radio shows add variety to the evening lineup.

“The American Queen and her fabled predecessors were consistently renowned and acclaimed for their lavish, award-winning entertainment and we could not be more pleased to offer our guests all of these legendary names aboard the most legendary riverboat in the world,” stated Christopher Kyte, president of Great American Steamboat Company.

The Return of the “Riverlorians”

As the American Queen carries forward the 100+ yearlong legacy of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, a Delta Queen veteran will serve as the inaugural Riverlorian. Mary Charlton, who has served as Riverlorian aboard the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen in the past is returning in her starring role.

“The American Queen is not just the only authentic steamboat on America’s waterways, she presents the only truly authentic Steamboating experience and the only true Riverlorians, which of course were a staple of the Delta Queen boats for decades,” stated Kyte.

Glenn Miller Orchestra – The big band show, with a sound of its own, will be performing original arrangements of classics tunes like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many others.

Voyage dates: July 27, August 3, December 28

Harry James Orchestra
– Directed by Fred Radke, who played first trumpet for the master himself, the orchestra stirs memories of the good old days with hits including All or Nothing at All, Ain’t She Sweet, Up a Lazy River and more.

Voyage Dates: April 19, April 27

Rat Pack Show – Performers will evoke the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, backed by our onboard orchestra. The show will include Fly Me to the Moon, That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, New York, New York, When I Was Seventeen and others.

Voyage Dates: May 8, May 15, May 22, June 28, July 18, October 22, December 14

B.J. Thomas – B.J. Thomas sings his chart-topping songs, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and others.

Voyage Dates: July 11, July 18, July 22

The Lovin’ Spoonful
– Playing the hits that put them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band will play their songs, including Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, Summer in the City and Nashville Cats.

Voyage Dates: July 11, July 18, July 22

The Platters
– The original doo-wop act brings back the sound of the 50s with the songs that became classics: Only You, The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and others.

Voyage Dates: September 7

Bill Haley’s Comets – Bill Haley’s Comets will have guests moving to energetic hits like Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Voyage Dates: September 7

Annie Moses Band
– This classically trained family will have everyone in the holiday spirit performing seasonal music. Featured are violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano and vocals.

Voyage Dates: November 19, December 9, December 14

The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars
-These maestros of the Big Easy’s jazz scene will take the American Queen on a journey through the history of a purely American music genre.

Voyage Dates: April 13, April 19

Juggernaut Jug Band
– Rooted in the port towns of the Deep South, jug music includes styles of swing, jazz and bluegrass, performed by Juggernaut’s amazing artists.

Voyage Dates: May 4, May 29, September 28, October 12

Storefront Congregation – A blend of bluegrass, country and blues.

Voyage Dates: April 27

Additional details on these and other acts, along with additional voyage dates will be available online at

For additional information and reservations, contact the Great American Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, or visit


One Response to Great American Steamboat Company announces lineup of headlining entertainers

  1. Don Clare December 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Storefront Congregation is a remarkable bluegrass band, and my wife and I will be on that trip…….can’t wait. We’ve known Mary Charlton for a long time……..great choise for Riverlorian! Hi Mary……Don and Sue

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