We’re big fans of the surf garage rockers High Waisted’s yearly rock ‘n’ roll boat shindig.
Our 2017 experience aboard the mayhem was one for the books and we were bummed when it didn’t happen last year. But our hearts really sunk to the bottom of the sea when High Waisted announced that this year would be the last voyage.
Instead of filling the ocean with our tears, however, everyone aboard the booze cruise made sure to make this last ride the wildest yet.
The vessel, NYC’s Art Boat, was covered in colorful murals and encouraging words. A ball pit, photobooth and stack of White Claw hard seltzer were some of the first things you saw upon walking aboard. Nautical decor was draped all over the upper and lower decks and the open bar made it clear that this wasn’t going to be your typical night out.
As we cruised down the East River, party-goers on the upper deck enjoyed the beautiful sights of NYC. On the lower deck, bands raged harder than a stormy sea. Everyone came out with their most vibrant, nautical-themed costumes and it didn’t matter if you had your sea legs or not—everyone was wiggling along.
Pop punk badasses Thick started the waves for the night. If you thought being on a boat would make people wary of crowdsurfing or moshing, think again. Thick’s superpower is to always get people headbanging and crowdsurfing. This power was turned on high this evening. As waves rocked the boat back and forth, people were moshing whether they wanted to or not.
The energy was at a fever pitch even between sets. DJ Bailey Leiter spun retro dance tunes for everyone to get down and boogie. And there were plenty of other activities, too—the ball pit was a personal favorite, but there were also water guns and bags of glitter stashed around the boat for people to play with. Meanwhile, dancing lobsters, go-go dancers and a performing drag queen kept everyone entertained.
Grits came on after Thick and had everyone falling in love. Their bluesy doo-wop inspired romance songs got people dancing a little closer. Were boobs flashed? Yes. Were kisses exchanged? Also yes.
With romance in the air and hearts pounding from rocking out, everyone was ready to get wasted by High Waisted. It only took one strum of the guitar before glitter started raining down. Their bubbly surf rockers are empowering and the most fun. Everyone made sure to let it all loose for their set, especially at the end when the dancing lobsters joined them on stage, along with the other bands to cover The B52’s classic “Love Shack.”
Everyone oohed and ahhed at the beautiful city skyline, Lady Liberty standing proud as we passed. When we docked the party wasn’t over. Glitter-drenched partiers wobbled off the boat and caught cabs to the next spot, making sure not to waste a minute of this precious night.
This might’ve been High Waisted’s last voyage at sea, but this incredible party will cruise on forever in our hearts.