The Beach Boys, one of the world’s best-selling bands whose early successes tapped into Southern California’s youth culture of surfing, cars and romance, will perform Sept. 27 in the Festival of Arts’ amphitheater in Laguna Beach.
The first rock concert on the grounds in 12 years will serve as a benefit for the Laguna FM radio station KX 93.5, which hopes to boost its base of supporters by linking concert ticket sales to a membership drive, program director and co-founder Tyler Russell said Sunday.
The radio station’s second Festival of Music will include two opening acts – 133 and Say Say — in addition to The Beach Boys, which will be fronted by Mike Love, a cousin of the group’s original lineup that included brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson and two others. Brian Wilson, who dominated the band’s musical direction, no longer tours and his brothers have both died.
Besides the musical lineup, “Five Summer Stories,” an early surf film by local resident Greg MacGillivray will also screen, and food trucks and a sponsor village occupy the grounds, Russell said.
Tickets start at $45 per person.
Russell said the headlining act proved an easy sell to festival and city officials, whose approval was required to use the 2,600-seat Irvine Bowl, best known as the venue for the summer long Pageant of the Masters production. Other than the Laguna Beach High School graduation in June, the amphitheater is little used in the off-season.