Yacht Rock Revue at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury this Saturday
The Yacht Rock Revue sets sail for the Jersey Shore.
This weekend they hit a hot spot that singer and guitarist Nick Niespodziani described as “the most yachty setting” – the Stone Pony summer scene in Asbury Park, just over a stone’s throw away. from the beach.
Listeners could most likely easily identify the silky smooth sounds of yacht rock – think contemporary adult classics like Boz Scaggs ‘”Lido Shuffle”, Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl” or Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” tunes that happen to be featured on Yacht Rock Revue’s 2019 “Live in Boston” LP.
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But if you need a refresher, Niespodziani is here to elaborate.
âThe strict definition of Yacht Rock would be West Coast soft rock music produced by elite studio musicians between 1976 and 1984,â he explained. “This is probably the strictest definition.”
But the Yacht Rock Revue, he explained, is not very strict when it comes to creating setlists.
âIn terms of what we do, we think yacht rock is more of an vibe, almost more of an emotion than a strict genre,â Niespodziani said. “Because when you’re at our gig, if we decide to rehearse with a Boston song that isn’t yacht rock, of course nobody’s going to pretend that’s the case, but in the context of what you have seen for the last two hours, it makes perfect sense. “
So when Yacht Rock Revue returns to Asbury Park to headline the Stone Pony Summer Stage on Saturday August 7, fans should arrive ready to party.
âOf course there are songs that you know you will hear when you come to see us play,â Niespodziani said. “You’re going to hear ‘Baker Street’ (by Gerry Rafferty), you’re going to hear (The Doobie Brothers’) ‘What a Fool Believes.’ But if we add a Whitney Houston song or a Bruce Springsteen song or whatever, that keeps us going and keeps the audience on their toes too.
Yacht rock has enjoyed a reassessment by mainstream culture in recent years. There’s a Yacht Rock Radio station on SiriusXM, while Spotify has an official yacht rock playlist of 165 songs and nearly 12 hours with over a million likes. Weezer enjoyed massive success in 2018 with a cover of Toto’s yacht rock gem âAfricaâ, and the genre’s sound and style is ubiquitous in John Mayer’s all-new LP âSob Rockâ.
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And then there’s the Yacht Rock Revue, which has been playing the hits to crowds live since its Atlanta debut in 2007. The band even released an album of solid gold originals, “Hot Dads in Tight Jeans,” l ‘last year.
Yacht rock, said Niespodziani, âhas definitely entered the post-irony phase. great, right? ‘ but they were doing it in a way to be funny. And luckily that has faded in recent years because these are great songs. “
Beyond the quality of the compositions, there’s a big reason why these songs always connect with listeners in an important way.
âIt’s escape music, it’s music to get away from what’s going on in the real world,â Niespodziani said. âThat’s why it was written in the first place, and that’s why it still connects today – because the real world has gone pretty crazy in recent years, and this music … other than (to) make you feel good (and) to get away from your daily worries. “
To go: Yacht Rock Revue, 6 p.m. Saturday August 7, Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park; $ 30, 732-502-0600, stoneponyonline.com.
Alex Biese has been writing about local and national art, entertainment, culture and current affairs for over 15 years.