Rock Out at the Queen Mary

Urban Commons, the ship's lease holder, has partnered with concert powerhouse Goldenvoice; new festivals and shows are ahead.

BIG, OCEAN-CROSSING SHIPS... boast a number of auditory staples, from that booming horn to various bells to a host of chimes to the lighter but ever-present sounds of crystal glasses clinking and shuffleboard discs sliding and the laughter of passengers savoring an adventure. Add to all of this music, often presented in a live, before-your-eyes fashion, and you have a boat that boasts a host of flows, vibes, drum beats, thrum beats, and notes galore. The Queen Mary, both during her legendary run on the water and her 50 years as a permanent resident of Long Beach, has known all of those sounds (and anyone nearby certainly knows the icon's distinctive horn, which gives off its deep, sonorous signal three times each day). But fresh flows are headed for the hotel-attraction, thanks to a new partnership between Urban Commons, the lease-holder at the Queen Mary, and Goldenvoice, the well-known concert company behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach. This match-up means...

NEW CONCERTS... are headed for the ship in 2018, and some music festivals, too. "We are always looking to strategically expand our entertainment offerings at the Queen Mary in an effort to engage a larger audience and an exclusive partnership with Goldenvoice aligned perfectly with our vision for the future of entertainment at the ship," said Dan Eisenstein, Director of Entertainment Events for Urban Commons. What's to come, concert-wise? Best keep an eye on the Queen's site. There is quite a bit ahead for the Queen Mary. True, there's a top-to-bottom, bow-to-stern renovation afoot, complete with a thorough paint job, but that's only the start of it: Queen Mary Island, an entertainment-shops-and-restaurants complex, is expected to flower next to the ocean-liner in the coming years.

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