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Date(s) - August 6, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tennessee Riverboat Company
300 Neyland Dr
Knoxville, TN
United States


(865) 525-7827

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will once again present live music with its continuation of our monthly River Cruises of 2023. This month’s performance will feature Ben Prestage on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, August 6th at 4 pm – 7 pm.

Ben Prestage – World’s Greatest One Man Band  

“I have never seen a fingerpicking right hand fly so fast with so much perfection and articulation...” TREASURE COAST BLUES ALLIANCE 

“Prestage has made a reputation on lighting things up on stage, so those with the preconception that the blues are dull are sure to be blown away. Armed with a host of homemade guitars, a foot operated drum set, and a distinctive southern growl, he blasts an electrified mix of swamp and delta blues.” – Artvoice Magazine 

“He’s got the guitar and drums locked into his own internal clock” CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 


Ben Prestage’s musical background began before he was born… even before his parents were born. Ben’s great-grandmother was a Vaudeville musician who toured with Al Jolson and also participated in medicine shows. Her daughter was a Boogie-Woogie pianist and painter who used to play for Ben when he was coming up. On the other side of the family tree, his grandfather, who was a Mississippi sharecropper turned Ben onto the sounds and culture of Mississippi and Blues in general. 



Check out one of Ben Prestage Live Videos here:

Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, ( and by calling (865) 525-7827.  Tickets are just $20 for members in advance and $25 for non-members. SMBS Members should call to claim their discount (865) 525-7827. Members will be receiving discount code by email.

Boarding begins at 3 pm.

Each voyage will also have full bar and limited food menu available onboard to buy.

For press inquiries, please contact Alisa B. Cherry,

2023 Blue Cruise Schedule

April 2nd with Biscuit Miller Band

May 7th with Shaun Murphy Band

June 4th with Johnny Burgin Band

July 9th with Laurie Jane & The 45s Band

August 6th with Ben Prestage

September 10th with Tangled in Blues

October 1st with Chris O’Leary Band