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I hear the drums echoing tonight, there’s a smooth sailing octet on its way to the Whitsunday shores for its second appearance at The Pub, ready for a back-to-back tribute weekend of the ‘70’s best soft rock.

The Yacht Rock Revival tribute show will perform at the Airlie Beach Hotel on April 1 and 2, bringing with them the definition of light rock to ‘meet you all the way’ at local’s favourite local.

What is Yacht Rock? Band frontwoman Susan Marsden said it’s akin to the “soulful, well-constructed groove of the Doobie Brothers.”

“Bands like that are the definition of ‘70s soft rock,” Marsden said.

“And what we do is get all the unforgettable yacht rock hits together in one show for the first time in Australia; songs from Boz Scaggs, Hall and Oats, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, and Christopher Cross, and pack it together for Airlie Beach audiences’ pleasure.”

The Melbourne-based band recapture the time when music mellowed out and smooth sounds and sun-kissed melodies took over the airwaves.

When that foghorn blows, hold onto your captains' hat because there’s set to be some effortless cool flowing through The Pub, like bars of light from the sunset across Santa Monica pier.

A collection of your favourite sounds, songs, and grooves from an era when ‘smooth’ meant everything. When artists like Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, The Eagles, and America were kings and queens of the charts.

Marsden, who alongside her eight bandmates decks out in retro, ‘70s nautical costumes, said the band can’t wait to be back in Airlie Beach.

“If there’s anywhere that sings yacht rock and smooth ‘70s tunes, it’s the Whitsundays,” she said.

“Be ready for songs that are slicker than slick and enormously well-played, from the melodically clever to the harmonically unexpected.”

Bring your matching gold-tone bracelets, hold your girl's hand, and feel the ocean breeze caress your moustache for this April 1 and 2 show. By the end of it, you’ll be singing: “Ooh-ooh-hoo, no, Baby, please don't go.”

What: Yacht Rock Revival

When: 2.00pm to 5.30pm Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2

Where: Airlie Beach Hotel

Yacht Rock will sail the  Whitsunday waters to perform at the Airlie Beach Hotel in April for a second time ever

The groovy, Melbourne-based band will be performing the very best of Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, and more

They’ll be soft-rocking out at The Pub on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2

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