It is no trick. Fans of the Night Owl Country Band are in for a treat this year as the band celebrates its seventh anniversary by offering its annual Halloween performance as part of a two-hour cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville Riverboat in Louisville, KY, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

“We wanted to do something special this year,” says Matt Lee, lead singer for the Night Owl Country Band. “So, we decided to do a concert cruise.”

Picking the right venue seemed more a matter of fate than debate.

Lee reminisces that as a youth, he regularly performed on the Belle Louisville when he sang with the gospel group The Singing Sands. And those are very fond memories, he says.

“We sang on the Belle Louisville every year I was with them,” he adds.

Additionally, when Lee took the Belle Louisville stage as a teen it was alongside Mike Potter, the late grandfather of NOCB drummer Casey Johnson.

For Johnson, it is as though things have come full circle, he says.

“Legacy is a big deal to me,” he explains. “So, to have the opportunity to have everything come full circle and share such a historic stage with Matt, the very person who shared the stage with my dad and grandpa, is a tremendous honor.”

The departure of the Belle of Louisville that evening will mark the final public cruise of the year, Lee says. The entire boat will be decorated and decked out for Halloween, he adds.

True to Night Owl fashion, the guys are tight lipped about their costumes this year. Previous years have seen the guys don the likes of celebrity from Popeye to Richard Simmons and Prince and this year will be no different.

“Obviously, I can’t go into my costume too much,” Johnson says. “But it’s probably the most I’ve ever had to commit to a costume, so when the boat is ‘rollin’ out’ onto the river, I hope everyone is there to see it!”

Presale tickets are $30 and available for purchase until Noon Sunday, Lee says. No tickets will be available at the dock prior to boarding.

Fans will be able to board the boat beginning at 4:30 p.m. The cruise will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. as it drifts down the Ohio River for an hour and then back to dock, Lee says.

“They will have food and drinks available for purchase on the boat,” Lee says. “We have the Southern Indiana Ghost Hunters who will be joining us. They are kind of a staple for the Night Owl Halloween Shows.”

Joining the guys onstage this year will be award winning solo artists Jennifer Mlott and Breanna Faith.

“Jennifer is an international singer/songwriter and entertainer of the year for 2021,” Lee says. “And Breanna is female vocalist for 2022. This show is full of award winners.”

Although he hasn’t been along for the entire journey, Johnson says celebrating seven years as a band with this kind of success is a big deal. And there will certainly be some special things planned to mark the occasion, he says.

“Having the opportunity to let our hair down and celebrate for a minute is amazing,” Johnson says.

During shows of Halloween’s past, the band has surprised fans with their renditions of Marilyn Manson’s version of “Sweet Dreams,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and even Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” This year is no different.

“This show is always ‘anything goes,’” Johnson says. “This is the night where we throw a bunch of odd stuff we never do otherwise, so expect to hear a lot of typical Night Owl fare but expect to be surprised!”