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Editor’s note: The Yächtley Crëw show at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano is being moved to April 24th from March 28th due to coronavirus concerns.
By Collin Breaux | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @collin_breaux
San Juan Capistrano isn’t quite a full-on coastal area, but that won’t stop “yacht rock” band Yächtley Crëw from wearing their sailor hats and outfits when they play The Coach House on Friday, April 24.
The outfits are part of the band’s fun persona, as it performs lively renditions of classic soft rock hits. Lead vocalist Philly Ocean described the atmosphere as like a Kiss show but with soft rock like Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie and other easy-listening legends.
“We have almost every single weekend booked,” Ocean said during a phone interview before heading to a gig in Tempe, Arizona. “Our whole show is a performance. We try to imbue the music with an energy.”
Videos of previous performances prove this, with Yächtley Crëw earning loud cheers and getting the crowd to sing along to songs including “Kiss You All Over” and “Come Sail Away.” Yächtley Crëw has played The Coach House previously and found it was an amazing atmosphere.
People generally go to The Coach House for a dinner before concerts begin, but they were jumping around and dancing in the aisles when they performed, Ocean said.
Their maritime image came about because the band wanted something that would make them identifiable.
“We’re going to be going all the way with this,” Ocean said.
They are grateful for their fans and love all the music they cover. Ocean said Yächtley Crëw pays homage to the songs and songwriters of yesterday, noting the singles they play are examples of good songwriting, technically superior and influenced by jazz and funk. A lot of the music came from California, with artists collaborating, Ocean said.
“So many of these songs are iconic,” Ocean said. “You can see there was this enthusiasm for the music.”
Ocean went to school in Orange County and knows the area well, calling San Juan Capistrano a beautiful place.
“South Orange County is a paradise,” Ocean said. “It’s cool to see venues like The Coach House have live music.”
Yächtley Crëw has stayed active throughout California, with performances scheduled in San Diego and Los Angeles before their San Juan Capistrano date.
Visit yachtleycrew.com for more information.