For those who’ve never heard of Yacht Rock Revue they are…(as they put it)…the ultimate tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. With spot-on renditions of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, and other bands that were probably featured on a “K-Tels’s Best of the 70’s” album, YRR are enthralling fans across the United States.
Yacht Rock grew organically from an idea that started when Peter Olson, Mark Cobb and Nick Niespodziani moved to Atlanta with their pop/rock outfit Y O U in 2002 and found a residency on Thursday nights at the music venue 10 High. The club gave the band artistic freedom to do anything they wanted, and what they wanted was to have fun…and fun to them was playing “yacht rock.” The Yacht Rock idea was developing at the same time that bassist Greg Lee and guitarist Mark Dannells were heading up a reoccurring event called Rock Fight (Bob Seger vs. INXS, Led Zeppelin vs. the Who, etc.). They all came together out of happenstance and a desire to do something funny, and thus Yacht Rock Revue was born.
“We never meant it to be a real band, much less a business. It all developed very organically, the concept just connected with people and it felt like we were just filling a demand that no one knew was there. As the band got busier, people had other commitments and vacations so we started getting ace sub musicians to fill in for us,” Niespodziani explains. They soon realized there was enough demand for Yacht Rock to support 2 bands, and the Schooner was born.
Forging a great business friendship with Atlanta’s Sixthman, Yacht Rock took to the seas performing on close to a dozen music cruises with Weezer, Kid Rock, Train, Zac Brown Band, Sister Hazel, and fitness guru Jillian Michaels…yes, Jillian Michaels. Niespodziani explains it like this “When they asked us to sail on the Jillian Michaels Wellness Cruise, we said yes – because we always say yes to Sixthman. We didn’t know anything about her or the Biggest Loser. We learned that her fans are fanatical about her, about fitness, and about their diets. They only offered light beers, clear liquor… even the sushi used brown rice. I lost some weight! It was somewhat challenging doing the “yacht-rock-party-drink-pina-coladas” thing when people wanted to actually lose weight on the cruise.”
By blurring the lines between a tribute, an original act, and a comedic troupe, the Yacht Rock Revue has forged a unique niche market and a special bond with their fans. The band attacks each song as if it were their own, and the energy exchanged between the band and the crowd has more in common with a stadium U2 show than that of a typical bar band.
The band has become such a trend that it is not surprising for “surprise guests” to jump up onstage and join YRR for a few songs.
The Yacht Rock Revue goes beyond the smooth to perform under many aliases: Please PleaseRock Me (Beatles), Reagan Rock (Smooth ’80s) Uno Dos Tres Catorce (U2), Dazed and Confused (’70s Stoner Rock), Rock Fight (Led Zeppelin vs. the Who, Tom Petty vs. Fleetwood Mac, etc.) and so forth.
Yacht Rock Revue also performs many classic albums in their entirety, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Prince’s Purple Rain, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, XTC’s Black Sea, and Led Zeppelin IV.
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