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Yacht Rock Revue back for Concerts by the Springs
by Bobby Tedder
June 04, 2014 12:41 PM | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Yacht Rock Revue includes, from left, Peter Olson, Mark Cobb, Nicholas Niespodziani, Mark Dannells, Mark Bencuya, Greg Lee and David Freeman.
Special Photo / Yacht Rock Revue includes, from left, Peter Olson, Mark Cobb, Nicholas Niespodziani, Mark Dannells, Mark Bencuya, Greg Lee and David Freeman.
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Yacht Rock Revue, still fueled by memories of the last time it played Concerts by the Springs, is planning on another show-stopping rhythmic revival.

The group billed as the “Greatest Show on Surf” and the quintessential ’70s light rock tribute band will take the stage Sunday at Heritage Green as part of the 18th season of the outdoor performances sponsored by Heritage Sandy Springs, their first concert there since 2010.

“The last time we played this event the crowd was nothing short of sensational — excellent vibes from start to finish,” said band member Nick Niespodziani. “Family friendly without being boring, wine and cheese without being too cheesy, well-heeled but unafraid to kick off their shoes and dance.”

Organizers of the concert series recall that moment in time just as fondly.

“Four years ago Yacht Rock Revue performed at Concerts by the Springs and our crowd has been asking for them ever since,” said Carol Thompson, executive director of Heritage Sandy Springs.

The Nation of Smooth — the band’s moniker for its ever-expanding following — is poised to pick up quite a few more new members come Sunday. Yacht Rock, a colorful collective of rascals, is known for donning signature snazzy outfits of the period. The group has been throwing the same party since 1978 without missing beat, Niespodziani said.

“We create an escape — a psychological ‘Pina Colada Song,’ if you will — for our audience that gives everyone license to let loose,” he said. “When you’re playing all No. 1 hits — the greatest party songs of all time — people remember the good old days, even if those good old days were before they were even born.”

If expectations for Sunday’s gig are any indication, Yacht Rock’s live show continues to strike a chord with audiences here. Tables at the venue sold out quickly and organizers are anticipating a capacity crowd.

“Their repertoire is a perfect fit for the diverse Heritage Sandy Springs audience as it usually ranges in age from 3 to 83 and everything in between,” Thompson said. “It is no surprise that Yacht Rock continues to be one of the most popular acts in the metro, as they are spot on with their renditions featuring great vocalists and accomplished musicians playing songs that make people feel good.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic. In other words, they can settle in and kick back until the night’s attraction starts up its groovy playlist.

“They can expect to hear songs they know all the words to, but have never seen a band successfully perform,” Niespodziani said. “They’ll croon along to Michael McDonald and know every Hall & Oates backing vocal — and they’ll realize they hadn’t been aware of their ability to do so until that moment. They’ll remember that, when worn properly, polyester looks good. Really good.”

IF YOU GO:

o What: Concerts by the Springs

o When: Sunday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.)

o Where: Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green

o Tickets: free for general admission

o Information: www.heritagesandysprings.org
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