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Sail Rock 2013 starring Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall and more

Monday, Aug. 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

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Thanks in part to a popular YouTube series, a certain strain of late-’70s and early-’80s soft rock will always be known to a younger generation as “yacht rock,” a derisive term that has come to take on a more affectionate connotation as younger listeners have discovered Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald and realized that, for all the cheesy signifiers of the era, their music really isn’t all that bad. That critical reappraisal hasn’t carried over to Christopher Cross, in part because Cross lacked the kitschy, over-the-top persona of some of the other soft-rock stars of his era, but for a time he was one of the genre’s biggest draws. His 1979 self-titled debut album, which featured the hits “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing”—yes, that was literally what the song was about—was a bona fide blockbuster, and even won the 1980 Grammy for Album of the Year, topping Pink Floyd’s The Wall.


For this performance, Cross will be joined by fellow masters of the tame Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree and Player for a soft-rock revue of sorts. No need to bring earplugs.

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