The Yacht Rock Revival 2016 Tour delivers the smoothest hits of the '70s and '80s like you've never heard them before. Enjoy a set packed with hits from original members of Ambrosia, bounded by two sets from the Yacht Rock Revue featuring the original voices behind "Baby Come Back" (Player), "Steal Away" (Robbie Dupree) and "Break My Stride" (Matthew Wilder).
The Yacht Rock Revue is the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to '70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever. Their spot-on renditions of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto and the rest of the Time-Life Infomercial Catalog have enthralled fans across the United States. The band attacks each song as if it were their own, and the energy exchanged between the band and the crows has more in common with a stadium U2 show than that of a typical bar bad. It goes without saying they have taken their act to the high seas, performing showcases sets on music cruises with Weezer, Kid Rock, Train, Zac Brown Band, Sister Hazel and KISS.
Ambrosia is an American rock band formed in southern California in 1970. Ambrosia had five Top 40 hit singles between 1975 and 1980, including the Top 5 hits "How Much I Feel" and "Biggest Part of Me". Most of the original band members have been active with the group continuously for the past 25 years to the present day.
Ambrosia currently tours internationally and has worked in the past and present with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alan Parsons, Bruce Hornsby, and most recently Michael McDonald, among other notable artists. In 2015 the group released a new single and plans to release an album of allnew material in 2016.
Matthew Wilder has brought his versatile talents as a songwriter and awardwinning producer to a wide variety of contemporary music and films. Launching his recording career as a songwriter and a performer, Matthew Wilder scored a worldwide hit with his single, Break My Stride from the Private I/Epic album “I Don't Speak The Language”. Wilder has become a top record producer, producing, among many others, No Doubt's hit album, “Tragic Kingdom”. “Tragic Kingdom” has sold more than twenty million copies worldwide and earned Wilder a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
As the composer, producer, singer and instrumentalist for Disney's 36th animated feature “Mulan", Matthew Wilder won the Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Song and Best Score. Wilder also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score in a Comedy or Musical and another Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Matthew Wilder's productions are known for his mastery of both the latest in digital technology and classical orchestration. Having written and produced the score to “Mulan", Wilder re-imagined “Reflection”, the heroine's yearning ballad originally performed in the film by Lea Salonga, for RCA recording artist, Christina Aquilera. “Reflection” became the first hit for Christina's debut album as well as the title track for her Grammy Award winning Latin debut, “Mi Reflejo".
He wrote and produced the rousing finale, “True To Your Heart” for Stevie Wonder and 98 Degrees. Wilder also brought his singing talent to the voice of Ling in "A Girl Worth Fighting For" and "I'll Make A Man Out Of You". Continuing his success with Disney, Wilder has written, produced, performed and engineered both of the multi-platinum albums for Miley Cyrus and gone gold with Selena Gomez's debut album, “Kiss and Tell”. Wilder also wrote and produced songs for Miley's two films, “Hannah Montana, Best Of Both Worlds” and “Hannah Montana, The Movie”.
Matthew Wilder has mentored and developed young artists. In recent years, developing, producing and upstreaming the bands, “The Belle Brigade” to Warner Bros. and “Fairground Saints” to Verve/Universal. His songs have been recorded by Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Aaron Neville, Billy Ray Cyrus, Puff Daddy, Matisyahu, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, Christina Aquilera, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler and many more.
He has composed the score to two new Broadway musicals called “Princesses”, which debuted at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater and “Cry To Heaven”, his musical adaptation of Anne Rice's novel, currently in development for its Broadway debut.
The band Player came to be when Englishman Peter Beckett, who had moved to the United States shortly after the demise of his popular London-based band Paladin, met fellow musician J.C. Crowley at a party in Hollywood, CA. Within a week they were writing songs together. Then bassist Ronn Moss and drummer John Friesen joined the band and after many rehearsals and song-writing sessions, Player was born.
In January 1978, the band had an international number one hit with their first single: "Baby Come Back", which was co-written and sung by Beckett. The self- titled album went platinum and the band toured extensively. These classic outings included Boz Scagg's Silk Degrees Tour, Eric Clapton’s Slowhand Tour, Heart's Dog & Butterfly Tour and Kenny Loggin’s Footloose Tour, playing always to sold-out arena audiences. Four albums followed rendering four more top forty singles, including "This Time I'm In It For Love", which reached number eleven on Billboard's chart. Peter Beckett has written hit songs for many artists including: Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rodgers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and more recently Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical" fame.
Between the years 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of The Little River Band and has written several singles for them. He has also garnered many movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer. These include: The Karate Kid, Two of a Kind, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Major League, St Elmo's Fire (Grammy Nomination), Frankie and Johnny, Rock Star, Terminator 3, Basic, Beyond Borders, Life or Something Like It, Dirty Dancing 2, and Transformers among others. In the mid eighties, bassist Ronn Moss took on another career as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the daytime CBS TV drama "The Bold & The Beautiful", a role he played for 25 years. He has also made many feature movies. He is currently starring in and producing an Emmy-winning web series called “The Bay”.
Player started performing again in 2003, always featuring an all-star line-up, which has included at various times members of The Cars, REO SpeedWagon, Foreigner and Little River Band. Peter and Ronn were part of Sail Rock 2013 and toured the country with Christopher Cross, Orleans, Firefall and many other great musicians. Player also released a new CD in 2013, “Too Many Reasons” for Frontiers Records and performed at “The Nurses Ball” on General Hospital.
Player toured Australia for the month of November 2014 and joined Rock The Yacht 2015 to tour with Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Ambrosia and many more. They are looking forward to a new summer tour with the Yacht Rock Revue, Ambrosia and others in 2016. Between tours, Peter Beckett is working on a new CD.
The new “Robbie Dupree and Friends” show features an array of Robbie’s hit songs (“Steal Away,” “Hot Rod Hearts”) along with new material from his latest album, Arc of a Romance. Robbie is joined by an all-star band and backup vocalists featuring David Spinozza, Jonathan Maron, Oli Rockberger, Doug Yowell, Manuel Quintana, Anthea White and Gabriel Sterbenz.
The show has been known to feature surprise guests. Following Robbie’s 2010 appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy turned up at an especially memorable NY show. The TV host has been a fan for many years and joined the band with backing vocals on his longtime favorite songs. With the resurgence of 1980s songs and styles, Grammy® nominated “Steal Away” has been in licensing demand. Recently it has been featured in the films I Love You Philip Morris and MacGruber, along with a number of forthcoming commercials.
Robbie currently is based in Woodstock, NY and is touring internationally.