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.