Entertainment cruise producer StarVista Live has acquired Sandy Beaches Cruise, founded by married couple blues musician Delbert McClinton and music executive Wendy Goldstein.
“It’s an honor to be involved with Delbert, Wendy, and the Sandy Beaches Cruise,” stated StarVista senior vp live entertainment Mike Jason in a release. “They’ve created an amazing yearly tradition for the roots music community, fans and artists alike, for almost three decades. We look forward to helping continue and build upon this annual event.”
Founded in 1995, Sandy Beaches Cruise has become an annual roots music family reunion with a yearly roster celebrating blues, soul, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, folk, rockabilly and country. McClinton will remain involved as a musical participant and curatorial voice in the Sandy Beaches cruise experience.
“I couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come with this cruise over the past 26 years,” said McClinton in a release. “We’ve truly become a family, welcoming new guests and returning fans every January. We love the StarVista team and look forward to working with them. We can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.”
The sold-out January 2020 Sandy Beaches Cruise launched earlier this month and featured performances by McClinton, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Shinyribs, The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Foy Vance and The Band of Heathens. Information on the 2021 cruise is expected later this year.
StarVista will be adding the Sandy Beaches Cruise to its roster which includes the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise, The Country Music Cruise, The Flower Power Cruise, the ‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise, the Ultimate Disco Cruise and Abbey Road on the River festival.