It’s time for Augusta to get smooth and slip into a time when the gentle grooves of soft rock burst onto the nation’s airwaves in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Atlanta’s Yacht Rock Schooner is sailing into Augusta at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Sky City, 1157 Broad St.
The sound of “yacht rock,” as described by “Admiral” Ganesh Giri Jaya, a vocalist for the crew, is easy-going and akin to “a musical back rub.”
“It’s groovy, and relaxing – like a party where no one spills their drink and everyone is beautifully tanned,” Jaya said in an e-mail interview.
The music includes the tunes of Kenny Loggins, the Bee Gees, Ambrosia and Michael McDonald, among others of the light rock genre, and “other great artists you might hear in an elevator or a dentist’s chair,” he said.
The mood the crew aims for is “one part umbrella drink, one part Soul Train (and) one part disposable income,” he said.
“A smooth ride into ‘carefree village,’ a place where the excitement never exceeds a six out of 10 and it’s always 72 degrees and sunny,” Jaya said.
So, how did the crew of the Smooth Boat get their start? The answer is, well, not straightforward.
“In the fall of 2009, the demand for smooth exceeded the supply,” Jaya said. “We got a call from the president, and this elite Task Force of Smooth was born. The cream of the musical crop was called in from various top-level labs and pirate gangs. The chemistry was instant and catastrophic, so we instituted the six out of 10 policy to save lives. Then we were ready.”
In reality, the party band is a spinoff of Yacht Rock Revue, an Atlanta act named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 bands on MySpace, and which is making its way to Washington, D.C., and New York later in May. Yacht Rock Schooner will cruise on back toward home with its next show in Marietta, Ga., later in April.
As for Augusta, Jaya said he hopes the crew’s sojourn into the Garden City keeps the audience happy and with a good vibe.
“(We want them to leave) with a smile, some good memories and hopefully a new romantic playmate to get smooth with,” he said.