“Feel Flows,” The Beach Boys’ 2021 world tour, will come to Fort Wayne, Ind., July 25, 2021. The band will play at the Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne.The tour is the band’s 60th. This latest tour is an exciting development in terms of the band and its storied history, and for fans as the country continues to open to the opportunities for live entertainment.
While there is nothing wrong with smaller shows and smaller venues, that The Beach Boys are coming to Fort Wayne means a lot to fans of live music in the area. The nature of The Foellinger Theatre will allow for more fans to get to see the California band.
Beach Boys: a legacy of California sound
The Beach Boys first hit, “Surfing'” (1961), written by Mike Love, lead singer and co-founder, was just the beginning of what would become the group’s legacy. That legacy, based in part on the sound made of tight harmonies, driving guitars, and solid drumming, gave life to beach rock and paved the way for others.
After “Surfing’,” other hits followed, such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Good Vibrations,” among others. In the late 1980s, the group made a return to the charts with “Kokomo.”
More than just beach culture, The Beach Boys were known for their car songs. Titles like “409,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “Little Deuce Coupe” to name a few, brought the language of fast cars to an audience who might have either been ready for it, or were unaware that they needed such. At any rate, the idea of racing for ownership, the numbers that indicate a powerful engine, the entire drag-racing situation, all became part of everyday American lives thanks to The Beach Boys.
All of the songs that The Beach Boys are known for have a clear narrative in a fun-to-sing-along-with presentation. To get a sense of The Beach Boys’ humor, audiences should check out “Fun, Fun, Fun.” The song’s “moral” is easy to catch, and provides a warning for teenagers who might want to borrow their parents’ cars without permission.
For audiences in the Fort Wayne area, The Beach Boys were a staple of radio, and still can be heard on family friendly and light classic hits stations. Clearly, there is still an audience for The Beach Boys’ brand of rock music.
The proof of The Beach Boys’ popularity can be seen in the group’s 100 million albums sold, more than 30 platinum and gold albums, and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their having been awarded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
The Beach Boys are not just associated with music. The band looms large in popular culture, from their brushes with infamous figures such as Charles Manson, and their portrayals in biopics of other artists from the 1960s.
For many audiences, it is exciting that The Beach Boys are still performing after 60 years. The group is not just playing a few clubs, but pulling off a world-tour. The news was announced on Internet outlets such as jambes.com and music universe.com.
The version of The Beach Boys that will tour will include Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, and Randy Leago. According to themusicuniverse.com, the tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, or David Marks.
Still the sound of The Beach Boys will continue. Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit: https://www.visitfortwayne.com/event/the-beach-boys-foellinger-theatre-summer-concert-series/26739/