Folk Punk Shanty Music
Contact: Emily G Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
The 2013 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues its weekly summer series with a performance of folk punk
shanty music by Sharks Come Cruisin'. The free concert takes place Thursday, August 29 from 6:30-7:15 in the New
Bedford Whaling National Historical Park garden (33 William Street). In the event of inclement weather, the performance
will be moved indoors. The Thursday Evenings in the Park concerts take place each week during the summer, with the
last concert taking place on August 29.
Sharks Come Cruisin' plays an energetic mix of original and traditional sing-along songs, keeping the themes
of audience participation and celebration at the center of their music and live performances. SCC has played several
festivals up and down the East Coast, from Florida to Maine. They have played with the Dropkick Murphys,
The Loved Ones (Fat Wreck Chords), and Lemuria (Bridge Nine Records). They have been compared to Flogging
Molly, The Pogues, and Against Me! and have been described as sea shanty punk, Irish punk, and folk punk.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret
America's nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark
District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the
economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33
William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information,
exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-3 PM. For more information, call the visitor
center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe, or visit the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NBWNHP
Did You Know?
By the 1840s, black sailors constituted about one-sixth of the labor force; and by 1900, West Indians, Azoreans, and Cape Verdeans had become a majority.