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Similar to a late-night infomercial for a “best of the 70’s” album, Yacht Rock Revue performs songs to sing along to and songs to shake your booty to…and the Yacht Rock “Revival” show was a perfect example of just that. One might wonder how a group of guys who started playing light rock from the 70’s…as somewhat of a joke…just for fun…could years later fill up a venue the size of Chastain Park Amphitheater, yet this group of talented musicians did just that.
Joined on stage for “mini-sets” by the original artists responsible for creating yacht rock in the first place was an added treat that made the night seem like a music festival. Elliot Lurie (Looking Glass) joined Yacht Rock for his hit songs “Dancing in the Moonlight” and “Brandy.” Robbie Dupree had the yacht rock passengers swaying to his classics “Hot Rod Hearts,” “All Night Long,” and of course, “Steal Away.”
From the moment the band started the familiar melody of the keyboard intro to “What a Fool Believes,” this crowd was on board for some smooth sailing fun (captain hats encouraged).
“LA Lindsay” was an original song that stemmed from vocalists Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olsen’s original band Y O U. Yacht Rock Revue’s rendition of such 70’s classics as “Good Thing,” “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “Baker Street,” “Somebody’s Baby,” and “Rich Girl” were spot-on.
A few highlights of the night were when Walter Egan joined the guys for his hits “Magnet and Steel” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.” Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special) had the whole amphitheater singing along to “Caught up in You,” ‘If I’d been the one,” and of course, the classic “Hold on Loosely.” By the time Bobby Kimbmall (Toto) hit the stage at the end of the night, it was a full on party, with the entire venue singing and dancing to the favorites “Rosanna,” “Africa,” and “Hold the Line.”
Yacht Rock finished off the show by bringing everyone on stage for their rendition of Boz Scaggs song “Lido.” All in all a good night was had by all, guest stars included. Here is what Bobby Kinball from Toto had to say:
“I just played a concert with “The Yacht Rock Review” (check out this band) in Atlanta at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Even though it rained a little bit that day, and a bit during the concert, everyone stayed, and I could easily tell they had so much fun. I was the last singer with them, and the other singers were Bill Champlin (Chicago), Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special), Robbie Dupree, Elliot Lurie (Looking Glass), & Walter Egan. This band is fantastic, and I promise you would love to hear them, because they all sing, and play their instruments so well.The Amphitheater was totally full, and what a fun night everyone had.”
Photos by Jon Danovic