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Day 45: A big boat with a blue banner...

Posted by Adam Sell  August 14, 2008 10:36 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

...that's playing the blues on a barge. At least, that's how it was sold to me. The Boston Harbor Hotel has a whole series of summertime entertainment, including Thursday nights with live floating blues music behind the hotel. I knew I was going to get to one of their events, it was just a matter of picking one. As much as I enjoy dancing, I think I would break some part of my body if I attempted to swing dance, so I thought something a little less active was appropriate. And the movies they've got going on may be classics...but I think I'd like to see something that was made while I was alive.

So blues it was.Two friends and I took the trip, hoping to catch some tunes and not some storms. I had a hard time convincing anyone to accompany me since I tried to do so right as the heavens unleashed. But thankfully the clouds parted for the barge, and we arrived just after 8.


Sadly, we didn't stay long, although not because we didn't think it was a cool idea. We gathered that you had to be seated to remain in the audience, and every spot on the stairs was well and truly taken. A Boston Harbor Hotel employee told us we couldn't stand behind the tier of stairs, so we shuffled off to the side to observe for a bit. And after a song or two that we slowly, but rhythmically bobbed our heads to, we took off. Waiting for a table to free up wasn't going to be a productive night.

So here's a tip: if you're going to do something at the Harbor Hotel, don't go halfway through. Go early and stake your claim, or you'll have to find somewhere else to get a drink.

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