On the High Seas Rally, the entertainers don’t just perform, they sail with us! We all get the opportunity to watch some amazing performances while hanging with them on the ship. Trace Adkins, Foghat and Molly Hatchet will each perform 2 full shows in the main theater so everyone gets a chance to see them. Our other great entertainers will perform multiple times in multiple venues to help keep the good times going!
All concerts are included in your cabin price ... you have a seat for every amazing concert!
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and in 2021 his kickass shows will power the High Seas Rally’s biggest and best music lineup in its 20-year history. The three-time Grammy-nominated country star is a TV personality, actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service men and women across 12 USO Tours. We are proud that Trace will join us to perform on the ship and help lead our full-day Salute to Service events in honor of our military and first responders.
Trace has landed more than 20 songs on Billboard’s country music charts, including several No. 1 hits: "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "You're Gonna Miss This.” He popped onto the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with the crossover hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, Trace recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. Adkins has played a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms' Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew).
If Foghat had only given us ‘Slow Ride’, the band’s place in rock history would be secure. But the band is so much more than that. As stated by founding member Roger Earl, “we are still a ‘work in progress’, writing and recording, and plan to be until the day we depart this earth”!
Formed in 1971, the iconic band is rocking just as hard as they did decades ago, if not more. Foghat fans are everywhere and these days their audience consists of all ages, from the young kids who play Guitar Hero III to the ‘boomers’ who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8 track.
Foghat’s thunderous blend of blues, boogie and butt-kickin’ rock ‘n’ roll are shaking walls and fans everywhere. According to lead singer Charlie Huhn, “the band just wants to make sure that after every show, they are all convinced that they just got rocked, from the second we start the first song to the end of the show.”
In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock 'n roll combined to create Southern Rock. Playing music filled with style and emotion, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet rose to the forefront of the Southern Rock wave. Molly Hatchet's name was inspired by the infamous 17th Century axe murderess "hatchet molly," who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzie Borden made famous.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin' With Disaster was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year. Like the first album, Flirtin' With Disaster also achieved multi-platinum status.
The band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003 with the double live album Locked and Loaded, which was recorded in Germany at the International Harley Davidson Festival in front of 80,000 Southern rockers. In 2017, the band performed special concerts in the Persian Gulf for U.S. military personnel stationed in the United Arab Emirates, and then in Okinawa, Japan to perform for our dedicated troops in the South Pacific.
To this day, Molly Hatchet is still workin' hard, playin' tough, livin' fast, and still Flirtin' with Disaster!
Black Smoke Sinners were forged through lifelong friendships, a shared brotherhood, and a burning desire to bring the true ‘Rock Show’ Experience back to the National rally scene. What this amazing assemblage of seasoned touring musicians brings every single night is a power and ferocity that manifests itself in pure, unbridled joy on stage. With songs torn from the very fabric of rock history, and an unabashed passion to throw the party right then and there, Black Smoke Sinners delivers on all levels. What truly sets the band apart is our connection to the community of bike builders, and riders.
All the members of this musical powerhouse (including High Seas Rally hosts Xavier Muriel and Chris Callen) are riders themselves, proud devotees of wind and road. Black Smoke Sinners proudly claim two acclaimed bike builders and a nationally published magazine, Cycle Source, as testament to that very passion. Our mission from day one has been to celebrate the biker life, the music that embodies that life, and the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of the truly shared experience of a national bike rally. Live to Rock. Live to Ride!
Formed in the early millennium by founding members Rod Jonny and Whit, Steel Rod is a Los Angeles-based classic rock and R&B band. They teamed up with the Mondragon brothers, Billy and Eric of DW3 in 2010, to create an explosive powerhouse band.
As Steel Rod nears its 20-year anniversary, the band continues to play the Los Angeles club scene while also performing on cruises. Covering a wide variety of music from classic rock to Motown, this group is without a doubt the ultimate party band!
When Brad Heron was a baby, legend has it that his parents kept him swaddled in biker leather onesies and pushed him around in a custom, chrome stroller. It wasn’t long before he started reaching for a Casio keyboard, and he could play Foghat’s “Slow Ride” and Molly Hatchet’s "Flirtin’ with Disaster" before he could even drive. As Brad grew to manhood, the freewheelin’ lifestyle stayed with him. He hit the open road and took any job he could find, learning a lot but ultimately being let go because of his insistence on wearing leather vests and randomly shouting, “I feel the need for speed!” But it was all for the best, because eventually his gift for music led him to working as an entertainer for cruise lines, where he was free to play every song possible.
Brian Wilk began playing piano as early as he could reach the keyboard. When he couldn’t sleep, his parents played “Midnight Rider” in his dark nursery. When he was old enough to drive, he hit the open road like a “Bat Out of Hell.” Pursuing a life in music, he began performing with the ComedySportz improv troupe. But he was “Born to Be Wild” and “Hell Bent For Leather,” so he revved up his music career and kept “Heading Out to the Highway” to share his love of music with new audiences in new places all around the country. There is almost no song Brian doesn’t know (or can make up the words to). On the High Seas Rally, he will continue his quest to bring ‘Freewheel Burning’ rock to dueling pianos.
Kevin Hamel picked up his first guitar at 15 and has spent his musical career transforming his passion for music into a lifelong drive to becoming a truly diverse entertainer, playing in rock cover bands in New England in his college days to high-energy acoustic shows at clubs and bars from Maine to Key West, including: Sloppy Joe’s; Irish Kevin’s; Willie T’s and Sugarloaf Mountain, to name a few.
Focusing on the audience, his wide repertoire of genres and ability to play most of his show through requests, helps to make the connection with the crowd and make them part of the show. Add in some infectious sing-alongs and the music you once sang into a hair brush in front of the mirror (and maybe still do) and you’ve got an experience that will make you put your phone away and sing like a Rockstar!
Kevin was a paratrooper in the US Army. He currently lives in Bangor Maine with his 2 children, Riley and Kayla.
show you how we roll on the High Seas Rally!
Xavier Muriel, Cycle Source Magazine’s 2019 Readers Poll Builder of the Year and builder of Easyriders Magazine’s 2019 Bike of the Year, is building a custom motorcycle for us, and one lucky member of the High Seas Rally community will win it! Throughout the year, Xavier will update us on the progress with special videos, photographs, and anecdotes straight from his garage, Providence Cycle Worx in Austin, Texas.
The love for motorcycles courses through Xavier’s bloodline. At 6 years old, Xavier received his first bike from his father — a 1974 Honda “Mr. 50.” At the same time, Xavier was also growing increasingly passionate about music, which turned into a career that took him all over the world. Xavier has played on the same stages as his childhood idols, but he never loosened his grip on his love for motorcycles.
In between tours and recording as a drummer for Buckcherry, Xavier built a motorcycle for himself, just for kicks. His father always told him: “Exhaust all efforts before you pay someone to do it.” That first bike sent Xavier down the road to begin building custom motorcycles professionally and opening his own shop. With help from friends in the industry, Xavier dove into building custom motorcycles with the same love he put into his music.
“To me, these two loves are one in the same,” Xavier says. “It is a creative process that starts with an idea from which you take the raw elements and time and hard work, and then you watch it come to life. That is the beauty from which art is created. I approach my builds in the same manner as my drumming: Less is always more. Clean and simple lines that enhance the overall feel and look of a bike. To me, that makes a motorcycle. After all they are made to be ridden.”
Chris Callen was born with a passion for motorcycles. Fueled by a desire to live, work and play in the motorcycle industry, Chris launched Cycle Source magazine 23 years ago from the back of his aftermarket parts shop. On a borrowed computer, 24 glorious pages came to life and were freely circulated within a 100-mile radius of his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Every 30 days since March of 1997, Chris has continued to improve Cycle Source -- in page count, paper quality, and content until 2005 when the magazine ceased free distribution and entered the national newsstand.
As print media and consumer habits evolved, Chris steered Cycle Source forward with new technology. From web content to video shorts through companies he started like Rally TV and then Grease & Gears TV, Callen continued to improve the reach of his content while the newsstand world changed. Events, including motorcycle shows, bike games, and mini-bike races, became another big part of Cycle Source’s operations. It was these events that gave birth to the idea of Grease & Gears Garage, where bike builders and parts manufacturers would join Cycle Source on stage at major rally venues and show their craft. Callen added in the component of streaming it live, some of the first content of its kind in the motorcycle world, and the program became a fast success.
In 2017, Callen launched the weekly simulcast "ShopTalk" that quickly became a live weekly version of the magazine with interviews, tech tips, and motorcycle news. Most recently, he developed the Cyber Show And Rally, the world's first-ever virtual bike show and motorcycle rally.
Dave Nichols, editor of Born To Ride magazine, has been a motorcycle enthusiast since well before he had a driver's license, riding his passion to editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines. He also hosted V-Twin TV, a 26-episode series on SPEED Channel, and is currently working on a new TV series called Chrome Chronicles featuring host Richard Karn.
He has written and produced over 1,200 TV commercials, wrote and produced a series of TV specials for HBO, and was head writer and producer of American Top 40 for ABC. He also has produced live TV events and developed ad campaigns for radio, TV and feature films.
When the rubber meets the road, Dave’s 40-plus-year multimedia career, both in front and behind the camera, has always found its way back to the motorcycle.
Dave has authored several best-selling motorcycle books, including "Top Chops," "Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman" and the "One Percenter" series. Dave will lend his unique perspective to the High Seas Rally and will sail with us on the 2021 cruise to share his passion for all things motorcycle.
For more than 43 years, Roy Riley has entertained crowds from coast to coast as a stand-up comic. We've been hooked on Roy ever since he joined us on the first High Seas Rally in 2003. Roy keeps the fun and frivolity rolling during onboard shows, events and gatherings. When not cruising with HSR, you will find Roy emceeing scores of events, from auctions to weddings and all things in between.
After growing up in upstate New York, Roy moved to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia in the early 1980s. For the next 25 years, Royenjoyed the road less traveled on his stage at The Comedy Cellar with a million laughs and countless memories. After all those years high atop Snowshoe Mountain, hours from the mall and grocery store, Roy and his family relocated from the mountains of West Virginia to the bluegrass pastures of Kentucky to begin their next big adventures.
If you think you’ve seen all of this sea dog’s antics, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!