The Queen Mary goes country once again with ShipKicker, the 3rd annual country music festival at the Queen Mary Events Park on Saturday, July 1st, from 1 to 10 p.m.
In addition to a full day of some of the greatest live music the country scene has to offer, ShipKicker will offer concert-goers line dancing lessons, food vendors, cocktails, mechanical bull rides and yard-games.
General Admission tickets start at $49 (online in advance) and $59 (day of event).
Festival doors open at 1PM and the event welcomes country music fans of all ages.
Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His latest album, ‘I Don’t Dance,’ is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. Don’t miss out on seeing his talent on stage!
Nashville prolific hitmaker Jerrod Niemann is speaking from his heart – instead of his liver – with his romantic new single, “God Made A Woman,” now impacting Country radio. Fueled by a nearly decade-long career, Niemann is digging deeper with his forthcoming Curb Records album featuring an uplifting duet, “A Little More Love,” with good friend and labelmate Lee Brice. Known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics, the highly engaging singer-songwriter last topped country charts with his PLATINUM-certified multi–week No. 1 anthem, “Drink to That All Night.”
The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting of Zach Swon and Colton Swon.
On November 1, 2013, the Swon Brothers signed a record deal with Arista which is part of the Sony group. They released their first official single, “Later On”, the following month. On October 14, 2014, the Swon Brothers released their self-titled debut album, before parting ways with Arista the following year.
Taking their moniker to heart, Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide are leading the charge to bring original & organic Rock Country to Southern California. Their sound has evolved from years of solo and collaborative songwriting, live performances, jam sessions after a double-shift, late nights with Jack Daniels, heartbreak, and feel good “Moments.” It’s not your ordinary country and that’s fine by them. If you like rock & roll, soul, blues, and the stories of country music then the Bona Fide will get your stamp of approval. The Bona Fide recently partnered with Sunlane Music Management, and released their follow up EP entitled “Easy Kind Of Livin” in June 2016.
H o n e y C o u n t y
Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio led by singer/songwriter Dani Rose.
You won’t find Honey County on any map. Launched in 2014, the group takes its name from a fictional place, a move that allows Rose and her two bandmates — Devon Jane and Katie Stump — to create their own landscape of story-driven country; modern, melodic pop; and punchy, guitar-fueled rock (an influence that’s strengthened by Jane, the trio’s lead guitarist, whose fretwork has landed her gigs with everyone from Keith Urban to Ceelo Green). The band wasted little time developing its audience in California and beyond, earning a spot on the HBO series True Blood with Honey County’s very first single, “Blood From a Stone,” and appearing as semi-finalists on VH1’s Make a Band Famous competition. Meanwhile, shows with artists like Chase Rice, Easton Corbin, David Nail, Clare Dunn, and Dylan Scott kept Honey County busy, adding history and heft to the band’s sound.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS WINNER
California is not exactly the place that comes to mind when you think about country music, but the golden coast was the inspiration and breeding ground for James Rensink’s music to take shape. With a background that includes Pop, Indie, and Folk, James’ sound is unmistakably the new wave of todays country music.
Jake Parr (born in Tarzana, California) is an American country music singer, songwriter and musician. Jake grew up listening to country music. His father is a Country radio personality whose career spans close to 30 years and currently hosts a Nationally Syndicated radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. Jake was literally born into country music, his mother Bliss went into labor while his father was on the air at the number one country music radio station in America, 93.9 KZLA. Jake has always had a passion for country music since he was old enough to walk and climbed up on his first drum set. Jake’s, Texas born grandmother, Jill Landon aka Paula from the 1960’s singing duo Paul and Paula, has also had a major influence on Jake’s enthusiasm and talent for country music.
ShipKicker Saloon Stage
Country music singer/songwriter from Nashville by way of Buffalo NY, Eric Van Houten has been performing and writing for almost 10 years now. At age 24, the high energy and emotion he puts on stage is exhilarating, captivating, and entertaining.
Over the last few years Eric has been on tour with artists such as Canaan Smith, Craig Morgan, Kip Moore, The Cadillac Three, Michael Ray, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, and many more. The self-titled EP released April 1st, 2017! On Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play.
You may recognize Carmel from her extensive touring with Miley Cyrus, Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel and Johnny Hallyday. She has appeared as a backing vocalist on shows such as American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and many others. Carmel Helene began her singing career doing session work for national commercials and television and has also contributed to a number of film recordings. That led her to write, record and produce her 2010 self-titled debut EP, Carmel Helene. But it was rock, not country and not what Carmel ultimately wanted. In 2013 Carmel set out to focus on her pursuit of country. As luck would have it, during a performance in Nashville, investor Eliot Shatzman, founder of independent record label Shatz Music Group, took notice of Carmel’s powerful voice, strong performance, exotic looks and rapport with the audience. Shatzman signed her immediately and began work on Carmel Helene’s recently released EP New Frontier, produced by Jim Kimball (Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks). Carmel has played across the country, from L.A. to Nashville to D.C. and is adored by fans wherever she goes.
For as long as she can remember, she has been passionate about music. At five, Alexandria Corn started to develop an ear for it – she enjoyed singing and dancing around the kitchen to classic rock with her mother.
In 2013, Alexandria got the opportunity to travel to Nashville to attend the CMA awards. There she met Jillian Farrar (Publisher/Writer). Alexandria and Jillian hit it off immediately and began writing. The alchemy between the two was undeniable. Together they wrote Alexandria’s newest single, “Say It Again”, along with writer A. Helms.
Now living in Los Angeles, CA, Alexandria is focusing on her music career with plans to relocate to Nashville, TN next year. She is currently recording her new EP with an expected release date in early 2017.
The Melissa Farrior Band is one of Southern California’s hottest Country music bands today! The band formed in 2016 and has hit the ground running with an array of classic, current, and original country songs in their pocket. Their charismatic, high-energy, corky style is comparable to none! They keep the party rocking and the dance floor packed all night long!
Parking Lot Party
For over six years Redneck Rodeo has been blazing dusty country trails through the palm lined streets of Southern California. From small bars to large festivals the good ol’ boys of Redneck Rodeo fill every venue with a non-stop party. Wrangling through the top country hits of the last six decades, their sets get the crowds singing and dancing in true honky-tonk fashion.
Calling themselves the “outlaws of country,” Redneck Rodeo brings the heart of country music alive onstage with energetic performances. Wearing custom cuts each member owns his own flavor of renegade; “Bristles” charging on drums leading the pack, “Buck” serenading the crowd on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, “Rocky Bottoms” snarky as he plucks away at the bass and vocals, and two “prospects” playing guitar and pedal steel round out the band.
Morgan Leigh Band
Morgan Leigh Band is one of Southern California’s hardest working high energy country bands! Performing all of your favorite current country hits as well as their original debut album “Trouble”, they keep the party rocking all night long. Morgan Leigh was a contestant on American Idol S12 and S14, Texaco Country Showdown State Winner, nominated for Best Country/Americana by San Diego Music Awards, and National Anthem performer for PBR Finals Las Vegas, PBR New York at Madison Square Garden, the San Diego Padres, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and PRCA Rodeo’s.
Morgan Leigh Band has been an opening act for Pat Benatar, Garth Brooks, Emerson Drive, Chris Young, Craig Wayne Boyd, James Otto, Sammy Kershaw, Phil Vassar, Raelynn, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Kevin Fowler. With 63 shows in 2016, the band is ready for a busy and better 2017.
General Admission $49 (online in advance)/$59 (day of event) – Includes general admission to ShipKicker with access to the World Famous Queen Mary. (Buy online prior to July 1st and save $10 off the box office price of $59)
VIP Admission $99 (online in advance)/$110 (day of event) (SOLD OUT) – Includes general admission to ShipKicker with same-day access to the World Famous Queen Mary until 6PM PLUS access to a private bar, admission to the Parking Lot Party, shaded lounge, trailer bathrooms and front-of-stage access. (Buy online prior to July 1st and save $11 off the box office price of $110)
VIP Tickets are now sold out. (Advanced and Day-Of)
Limited quantity of VIP Upgrades will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on July 1st
Parking Lot Party – 11:00am to 1:00pm
Want to help kick-off ShipKicker before the event begins? Join us for our ShipKicker Parking Lot party with live music and line dancing just outside the entrance to ShipKicker. Tickets are just $10 with a General Admission ticket purchase. (The ShipKicker Parking Lot Party ticket is included in the VIP Admission for $99. )