‘Rock the Yacht’ sails into the Borgata in Atlantic City bringing Ambrosia, John Ford Coley, Peter Beckett, Walter Egan and Eliot Lurie

The celebration of rock’s mellower side is set for Aug. 24 at the Big B’s Music Box theater.

Chuck Darrow

Chuck Darrow

First, it was called “middle of the road.” Then it was “soft rock.” And then, in 2005, a bunch of guys in Los Angeles with too much time on their hands and an Internet connection rechristened the melodic, female-focused genre of pop music “yacht rock,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, yacht rock—which encompasses music performed by the likes of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross—is a universally accepted pop sub-genre. Which is why it’s no surprise that a multi-act “package tour” dubbed Rock the Yacht is making its way around the country this summer.

The show is headlined by Ambrosia (“How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part of Me”) and featuring John Ford Coley (as in “England Dan &”), Walter Egan (“Magnet and Steel”), Peter Beckett (lead singer of Player) and Eliot Lurie of Looking Glass (“Brandy”).

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 9 p.m. Aug. 24; $55 and $45; for tickets, click here.

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