Where Boston - - CONTENTS - Mike Hodgkin­son Ed­i­tor, Where City Name @where_­boston

Any­one out there re­mem­ber yacht rock? For our younger read­ers, yacht rock was a dreamy/cheesy sub-genre of 1980s pop which in­volved vo­cal­ists in linen suits, videos shot in mari­nas and the un­stated pre­sump­tion that life couldn’t get much bet­ter than an ex­pen­sive boat at sun­set. Well, this Au­gust is­sue of Where Bos­ton rein­vents the ba­sic el­e­ments of yacht rock with a cul­tured New Eng­land up­grade.

We’ve got boats and we’ve got mu­sic—and we’ve made con­sid­er­able im­prove­ments in both ar­eas. Res­i­dent Where scribe Alex Oliveira pays homage to lo­cal icon of naval de­sign, Nathanael Greene Her­reshoff, whose ves­sels ran the gamut from dinghies to Amer­ica’s Cup win­ners. Alex’s story will also point you to­wards all the places in and around Bos­ton where amaz­ing, old-school craft can be seen and, in some cases, boarded in all their el­e­gance and an­tique glory.

The sound­track to all this nau­ti­cal ex­cel­lence, far from the pa­per-thin synths and feather-cut melodies of yacht rock, is drawn from all the best con­certs staged in the re­gion this month. Not many of the gigs we’ve se­lected are pop block­busters but, from Trom­bone Shorty to The Slo­can Ramblers, we think they rep­re­sent way more value than the house­hold names who are blow­ing through town on their mon­ster sum­mer tours.

We’ve also in­cldued in this is­sue loads of great ad­vice on restau­rants, shop­ping, art gal­leries and spe­cial events so, as al­ways, wel­come to Bos­ton and have a mar­velous Au­gust.

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