On Board Entertainment
From full bands to acoustic performances and live DJ sets, BB Riverboats is happy to provide a wide-ranging roster of entertainment options for our guests. Listed below are selected highlights for our 2017 season. Be sure to check back regularly as we’re always booking new acts to feature aboard our cruises. For private events, we’re happy to help coordinate the booking of the groups below as well as provide further options based on request.
Enjoy the sounds of Big Whiskey every Friday & Saturday evening aboard BB Riverboats! From Memorial Day to the end of September, Big Whiskey will serve as the BB Riverboats eclectic house band! Big Whiskey specializes in acoustic-based fan favorites anchored in beautiful harmonies, well-crafted songwriting, and tight musicianship. From their original catalogue to unpredictable covers, they promise to get the party started and keep it rollin’ on the river. Having opened for national acts ranging from Kenny Wayne Sheppard to Better Than Ezra, Big Whiskey is a BB Riverboats must-see this season!
Our live DJs will entertain you nightly aboard BB Riverboats! Let our live DJs take care of the playlist while you choose to enjoy a drink at the bar or decide to venture onto the dance floor. From your favorite classics to modern hits, our live DJs are guaranteed to keep the boat rocking and the party going. Whether you’re dancing the night away or taking in the views, we’ll be sure to spin the perfect soundtrack for your BB Riverboats cruise.
Dixieland Jazz Band
Enjoy the timeless sound of Dixieland with the BB Riverboats Dixieland Jazz Brunch cruise. Ranging from group ensemble to solo performances, let our house band take you back to the golden age of jazz—from Dixieland’s New Orleans origins to its popular revival during 1940s and 1950s. You’ll be swept away to another era as the band plays all the standards and classics from this historic American musical genre.
Longing for a taste of simpler times? Banjo Bob entertains our daily lunch cruises with songs, anecdotes, and facts about Cincinnati and the Mighty Ohio. Dressed in his 1840's attire, plucking his banjo to the tune of old-time favorites such as "Oh Susanna", Bob creates an atmosphere reminiscent of a Mark Twain Novel.
Drunk & Sailor
Kegs full of musical talent? This can only refer to one band performing aboard BB Riverboats this season—Drunk & Sailor. From Lake Michigan to the Gulf Coast, Drunk & Sailor are known for their high-energy, interactive live shows. With a history of entertaining crowds ranging from Renaissance festivals to sci-fi fan conventions (and more bars than they can count), Drunk & Sailor is a spectacle filled with improvisational antics and sing-alongs. Consider yourself warned…you could be dragged on stage to participate!
Band of Pirates
Yo ho, and a boatload of fun! Band of Pirates are a Cincinnati-based group of pirate impersonators and musicians. With a catalog ranging from traditional songs of the sea to "piratized" versions of popular songs, Band of Pirates are sure to get your sea legs dancing.
BB Riverboats daily, holiday, and specialty cruises offer a variety of on-board entertainment options for all ages:
- Bingo on lunch cruises
- Holiday themed games/appearances/adventures
- Easter egg hunt
- Easter bunny
- Santa Claus
- Thanksgiving coloring contest
- Princess and superhero mascots on kids cruises
- Pirate adventures
- Beer, bourbon, and wine tastings