The members of the Richmond band Three Sheets to the Wind are serious about putting on a good show, but it's their easy-breezy outlook that separates them from the pack of other performers. "We get a kick out of being the wedding band for people who hate wedding bands," says Topper Dandy, the group's manager. "Yes, we have an over-the-top ridiculousness, but the difference is that we're in on our own joke."
The six-year-old group has a unique angle – covering songs from the '70s and '80s, which Dandy describes as "diet rock." Think Steely Dan, Toto, and Hall & Oates. Indulging in a combo of nostalgia and all-things-sailing, the anything-but complacent crew is particularly busy in the summer, thanks to weddings, reunions and out-door festivals. Dandy says the band enjoys interacting with its audience – often bringing brides and grooms up on stage – and that the band always tries to live up to expectations.
"Yacht rock is the greatest music ever during a unique point in history," he says. "We aren't afraid to blow it up and have a great time."