Yacht Rock: Upbeat 1970's pop-rock tunes
for your corporate shindig.
Toes, get ready to tap. Feet, get ready to dance.
Those earworm tunes from the 70's are here!
The 1970's was an amazing time for music. Bands had shed the twang of the early sixties, inhaled the psychedelia of the late sixties, and went back to the studios where the collective talents of not only the big-name stars - Elton John for example - but that of the backing musicians shone through. Their individual experiences in blues, Motown, rock 'n' roll and jazz meant that tunes were crafted and honed from a rich collection of resources.
We are Absolutely Jack
What is yacht rock anyway?
Absolutely Jack is a corporate events band dedicated to delivering these toe-tapping, contagious tunes. We play yacht rock, which encompasses the softer-rock side of the 70's, tunes like "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts and "You're Still the One" by Orleans. These classics are familiar to everyone - even those born decades later - and they aren't the standard top-100 bar songs.
According to Allmusic, the key attributes of yacht rock are:
- keep it smooth, even when it grooves, with more emphasis on the melody than on the beat
- keep the emotions light, even when the sentiment turns sad
- always keep it catchy
- generally focus on the "exhilaration of escape."
So come and escape with us for an evening. We have sets that are perfect as ambient background and others for getting people singing along or even onto the dance floor.
HOW WE WORK
It's your event...
...and we want to make it a great experience. Not just for your guests, but for you, the event planner. You need to be able to relax, knowing that every component of our performance, from initial interview, special song requests and scripting the music blocks and speech/award breaks, all the way through to site inspection, on-time arrival & setup, dynamic performance and efficient tear-down - all of this is handled professionally.
Who we are
Our lineup consists of highly-experienced musicians with great talent and personality. We bring in side players like extra vocalists and horns when needed. We also have a dedicated sound crew to ensure sound quality and levels are always perfect.
Here are brief testimonials from 2019 gigs. We are happy to independently prove the validity of these testimonials:
“We hired the Absolutely Jack Band to play at our Corporate Event. I had hired bands in the past, and dealing the Steve (the band’s manager and lead guitarist/singer) was a dream compared to some people. He was fast, friendly, responsive and overall very easy to work with. Not only that, but for a very competitive price we got 6 very talented musicians plus a knowledgeable sound technician along with all of the sound equipment needed for a self-sustained evening of entertainment. I was very impressed with their performance and attitude as well, they were all very professional (looking and acting) with an entertaining performance, and when they took their breaks, Steve would come find me to ensure all was going well and everything was on track – while still respecting my time and space, considering I was attending the event as well. I would highly recommend the Dorset Park band for corporate events, weddings, or general parties!
– Alex Guthrie, Guthrie Insurance Brokers Ltd. and on behalf of the Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region, Toronto, ON, May 2019
Fabulous Band! The band arrived on time and ready to adapt to changing conditions. Our party was to be outdoors but mother nature did not cooperate. They adapted and set up in our basement with no complaints and all smiles. Our requests were worked into the playlist and they knew what songs would get the crowd singing along. It was the highlight of the party and I would have them back again in a heartbeat! Professional and fun, this band is great!!
-Jennifer P., Oakville, ON, June 20, 2019.
Fantastic performance - Had a wonderful experience working the band. They met with me a few days prior to the event to check out the space. Showed up promptly on the day of the event and were ready to rock. Their musical knowledge and skill is stellar. We look forward to working with this group again!
- Karen W., Barrie ON, June 18, 2019
We are based in Toronto and are able to play anywhere in the GTHA and even into Niagara and Cottage country.
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