Riverboats were once a common sight on the Mississippi, filling the night air with wild jazz, popping champagne bottles, and the squishy sound of sailors devolving back into catfish. Hearken back to a more elegant era with today's Groupon to Vega Productions' Rock the Boat on Friday, August 19, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Harriet Island in St. Paul. Groupon must be presented by 8:30 p.m. to will-call. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get tickets for two people to the event (a $50 value in advance, a $60 value at the door).
• For $25, you get one VIP ticket to the event, which includes a meet-and-greet with celebrity captain Wayne Newton (a $50 value).
Rock the Boat host Mary Lucia emcees an evening of Minnesota-bred music and mingling on the Mississippi River aboard two historic Padelford Riverboats, with proceeds benefiting the arts and music programs of St. Paul public schools. The Betsey Northrup and The Anson Northrup set aside their quarrels over who's the river's favorite and link together into one megaboat before departing Harriet Island. Passengers on Betsey soak up the pounding piano of Mark Mallman and rock riffs of White Light Riot before heading over to Anson, where they can wave lighters and accidentally ignited wigs to The Goondas and The 4onthefloor. VIPs get to learn rudimentary German from celebrity riverboat captain Wayne Newton. Throughout the supervessel, two lounge areas and four bars guarantee that guests stay as irrigated as the river itself. Both boats are covered, protecting against inclement weather.
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