Tribute to Beach Boys, Broadway to kick off MACA series Sunday
Looking for something unexpected? How about surfers in Mitchell?
The Unexpected Surfer Boys, a Beach Boys and Broadway tribute act, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace as the first of this year’s Mitchell Area Concert Series. Individual tickets are $25 and are available at the Corn Palace. Mitchell Area Concert Association memberships are $50 for an adult, $20 for students and $100 for families, and available by contacting Jim Blades at 996-5081. Memberships grant access to all concerts in this year’s series, as well as the concert series in Yankton, Pierre and Huron.
Brian Noonan, owner of Unexpected Boys Entertainment, the parent company of the Unexpected Surfer Boys, said the idea for a Beach Boys tribute band was a natural progression for the performers, in the vein of Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
“We’re all a bunch of Broadway veterans and were looking for a way to create our own tribute,” he said.
Noonan, a former Broadway entertainer, said one of the biggest challenges of writing the show was to change it from songs made for five vocalists — the number of members in the Beach Boys — to four. It created more admiration for what Noonan called the “crazy genius” of Brian Wilson, one of the original members of the iconic 1960s pop group.
“We had to simplify or water down the harmonies but still get those wonderful blends of the Beach Boys music,” Noonan said.
Wilson’s “dissonant harmonies and interesting melodies,” as Noonan described them, were a driving force in the band that hit superstardom with hits like “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Good Vibrations."
Split into two acts, the show’s first half mixes that iconic music into a scripted show, which Noonan described as a watered-down “Hangover” movie motif.
“We kind of write a very innocent, tongue-in-cheek scenario,” he said.
Audience participation is welcome.
“It’s a lot of fun. People are getting up and dancing,” he said. “It’s all about getting out and finding your inner child. The guys do such a great job.”
The second act has a Broadway tie-in, fitting for a troupe made up of members who found each other in shows like “Les Miserables.”
“The show is definitely an intimate show,” he said. “We certainly hope it’s never forgotten. We try to put a modern-day twist on it.”