With the experimental warmth of '60s French films and the pizzicato flavor of horizontal hip-hop, Simon Green's Bonobo project established a welcome niche of a pretension-free, post-party intellectual chill-out. An almost silent figure among Ibizian romanticists, Green began in Brighton, debuting in 1999 with a track on Tru Thoughts Recordings' When Shapes Join Together compilation. Though tempted by offers from Mute and XL after the official issue of "The Scuba EP" and the "Terrapin" single, Green stuck with Tru Thoughts for the acclaimed debut LP Animal Magic. Highlighted by downtempo dub, funk, and an equally likable use of sitars, Animal Magic was an obvious success and plans were quickly made for careful European support appearances, as well as a follow-up album, Dial "M" for Monkey, for Coldcut's Ninja Tune label. A tour to support the record followed and was documented on the 2005 EP Live Sessions.
The Queen of Hearts is a 400-capacity boat docked at Pier 40, at West Houston Street and the Hudson River. The Queen of Hearts is a 3-level boat, with a full bar and bathrooms on the lower level. The bands play on the upper level, which has a roof, but is open on the sides. There is also a large open deck on the middle level, where smoking is permitted as you enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond.
Departing from West Houston Street on the west side, The Queen of Hearts will barrel down the Hudson, usually heading straight for the Statue of Liberty. She will nose up to offer incredible views of Lady Liberty before cruising the harbor.