Embark on a Musical Voyage!

CAPTAIN & THE KEELS! An all-star lineup of musicians from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle of North Carolina — serving up the very best of West Coast smooth "Yacht Rock," right here on the East Coast.

Remember a time when ‘Smooth’ ruled the musical universe? After the angry protest songs of the 60’s, and before the gansta’s raging rap of the 90’s. When Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Toto, The Doobie Brothers, Michael MacDonald, The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and Chicago all jumped into a giant Hollywood recording studio’s waterbed together, and incestuously made ‘smooth, not war.’

As a result, “Yacht Rock” dominated the airWAVES for a decade — then, suddenly, sadly, disappeared smoothly over music’s fickle horizon. BUT, alas, an entire generation of smooth music lovers, having previously walked the plank of modern radio, are rising up from the dark, bottomless depths of punk, rap, electronica, trance and death metal...and, sailing to their rescue...CAPTAIN & THE KEELS!

Dance the night away, sing along, or chill out on the decks of Captain & The Keels yacht of smooth, to the hits of your favorite Yacht Rock artists from that incomparable decade of smooth.  There is no skimping on the original sounds with this band.  With five horns, a half dozen vocalists, and percussion galore, this is the most authentic yacht rock revue in the country . . . and you'll recognize every note, even if you're three sheets to the wind.

Yah Mo B There?


News from the Atlantic

The Captain welcomes Greg Pope & The Popmonsters to Raleigh, August 14th 

Captain & The Keels welcome back to Raleigh the reigning power pop monster himself, and hometown boy done good, Greg Pope & The Popmonsters, on August 14th. What could possibly be better than a power pop sandwich between two slices of yacht rock? Hmmm? I'll tell ya what: Nothing!! That's what. 

Yep . . . Captain & The Keels will open and close the night, with Greg Pope & The Popmonsters featured in the middle.

Oh? What's that? You don't know Greg Pope? Then you best click here, and prep yourself with lots of great tunes and reviews:


Doors will open at Deep South the Bar at 7pm, then:

8:00 - Captain & The Keels
9:30 - Greg Pope & The Popmonsters
11:00 - Captain & The Keels

Only a $5 Cover, for ALL THAT!!

It's a Video Shoot Extravaganza! 

We, me, and YOU(!) . . . immortalized for eternity, on film, in just one unforgettable night. Four of the Triangle's BEST acts will be shooting live performance videos, and you're invited to be a part of it all. Saturday, March 7th, all this goes down:

8:00pm - In The Name Of Love U2 Tribute
9:15pm - 120 Minutes
10:30pm - 
Bull City Syndicate
11:45pm - Captain & The Keels

*In The Name of Love is one the most authentic U2 tribute acts in the nation. Yep . . . they're from here.

*120 Minutes is already making waves as the top 90s cover act in this region, covering the decade's entire catalog of hits . . . scarily authentic.

*Bull City Syndicate has long been renowned as the #1 horn band in the Mid-Atlantic . . . and only getting better.

*Captain & The Keels is NC's only legitimate "yacht rock" experience. If you haven't already, it's time for you to sail the seven seas of smooth with Koko and his crew.

Southland Ballroom
614 North West St.
Raleigh, NC

$8 Advance tickets
$10 at the Door

Last Show of the Year!! 

Captain & The Keels is honored to be playing at Deep South the Bar in Raleigh, NC while they host their 19th Annual Christmas Party on December 19, 2014 at 7pm - come join the Captain for their final show of the year! You'll do yourself, your country and your unborn children a disservice by not being there that night (CLEARLY you don't want that to happen!)

Come to Waverly Place on Wednesday to start your weekend early!  

We are sailing to Cary, North Carolina to perform at Waverly Place on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:00 pm.  We will help you wind down after work and put you in a great mood until Friday.  The venue is family-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family and enjoy a stress-free night away from home.    Come enjoy a FREE concert and unwind at Waverly Place.


Saturday, we celebrate both hop and hog! 

It's true. When we got word of our invitation to play for the Beer and Bacon Fest we immediately docked the boat -- then the entire band gathered around a beach fire, and we sang "The Things We Do For Love" (by 10cc) over and over again, with joyful tears streaming down each cheek.

And now, the greatest festival of them all is upon us -- this Saturday, March 29th. Come worship both hop and hog at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Here's the scoop and all the details:



We take the stage later in the afternoon, but you're obviously gonna want to be there ALL FRIGGIN' DAY -- and, our awesome friends from In The Name Of Love U2 Tribute will be playing at 12:30.

Come early. Stay late. Designate a driver. How good is this gonna be? Hmmm. Words . . . fail.

See ya Saturday, in Cary. And, check out our new website:


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The tragic, sordid, yet imminently smooth history of 'yacht rock,' in its entirety 

We'll simply allow the video series that birthed the genre, and the Wikipedia page, tell the story.  Is it a 'true' story.  Well, this is what The Voice of Yacht Rock, Michael McDonald had to say:

". . . uncannily, you know, those things always have a little bit of truth to them. It’s kind of like when you get a letter from a stalker who’s never met you. They somehow hit on something, and you have to admit they’re pretty intuitive."

Enjoy . . .


Read the full story, here:


Steely Dan's Keith Carlock joins Toto 

Toto's guitar god, Steve Lukather, has been keeping his Facebook friends up-to-date on the exciting happenings of these Yacht Rock superheroes, recently announcing that Keith Carlock will be taking Toto's drum throne from the retiring Simon Phillips.  Says Keith:

"I am absolutely thrilled to officially announce that I have been asked to take over the drum chair for TOTO, and of course I gladly accepted! I am very excited to join this legendary band, VERY big shoes to fill, but I'm gonna do my thing and have fun! Some recording for the new record is in the works as well, will keep you all updated as things happen and progress."

Those ARE some mighty big deck shoes to fill.  After the passing of the legendary and founding member, Jeff Porcaro, Simon Phillips filled that role for more than 20 years.  Can Keith Carlock hang?  Uh . . . Lukather posted this to his FB page, yesterday:

"3 words. Keith-F-ing-Carlock!  He blew the roof off Capital studios yesterday. 3 tracks done. UNREAL! You will all be blown away. We were."

That's a huge endorsement coming from the most prolific session guitarist in the history of Smooth.  We can't wait to hear not only the new album, but also, FINALLY, a North American tour in 2014 with Toto and THE voice of Yacht Rock, Michael McDonald.

Stay tuned!

Captain Koko Keel


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NC State Fair (performing as Bull City Syndicate)

Raleigh, NC


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