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The Great Auditorium - Ocean Grove, NJ - July 16, 2016

The Beach Boys at The Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove, New Jersey - July 16, 2016

Besides having the absolutely best pizza on the planet, New Jersey is a frequent haunt of the Beach Boys and NJ venues range from casinos, beachfront to a church setting in God’s Square Mile as the venue information references. Last night, following a short invocation and America’s National Anthem,The Star Spangled Banner, America’s Band, performed in that Sunday church service setting a block from the Jersey Shore,with “natural air conditioning” (open doors) - the damp salty air of the Atlantic. I wish that they be blessed with more parking.

After being at Woodstock a day earlier, my head was filled with my formative hippie-era images, and maybe better appreciating the contribution of America’s Band to the terrain, more fully received after Pet Sounds became ingrained into the culture and the universal “must have” LP in one’s music collection. Pet Sounds reminds me of a long slow cultivation of a taste in music - or as a quote that has always stuck in my head, “Love is friendship caught fire.” Old Pet Sounds was transformed over time, from being a old friend to an unconditional love. And such is the approach to the music this season of it’s 50th birthday. Fifty is nifty.

The new and not-to-be-missed Pet Sounds instrumental has been aligned with a video created by Mike Czazwicz(who does the video on tour.) Fast-paced and is a snapshot of the events of the 60’s such as Vietnam, Martin Luther King, President John Kennedy, the anti-war demonstrations and the music which embodied all of that told through a superimposed image of Brian Wilson.
The Pet Sounds instrumental brilliantly tells the story through these photos and video clips. No words necessary as the band retreats to allow the music and photos to tell the story.

And the setlist shared by Mr. Johnston.

Surfin’ Safari
Catch A Wave
Do It Again
Surf City
Surfin’ USA

Surfer Girl
You’re So Good To Me - Bruce
Good To My Baby

So Young - 1958 - The Students Classic - Ike on lead
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up
Be True to Your School (in New Jersey!)

Their Hearts Were Full of Spring - a cappella - in the style of the chapel and so appropriate for the Great Auditorium. The BB quartet: Mike, Bruce, Ike and Musical Director Scott Totten.

In My Room

Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down
I Get Around

Summer In Paradise - produced by the late Terry Melcher (son of the great Doris Day) and partner of the duo Bruce and Terry. Set to video by Noven Jaisi from Kuala Lampur to promote clean environment and focus on the fundraising efforts of WaterHealthInternational and scarf/shawl hand loomed in India. Mike’s intro.

California Dreamin’ - the great John Cowsill on lead.
California Girls - New Jersey

Then I Kissed Her
Dance, Dance, Dance

Pet Sounds Instrumental Track Film - collaged by Mike Czazwicz, BB videographer.

Here Today - spectacular percussion by Cowsill (MIke and Bruce shared lead) - and keys plus "other music magic" from Mr. Tim Bonhomme!

I’m Waiting For the Day - Scott Totten

You Still Believe in Me - Ike on lead.

Sloop John B - flute intro by Randy Leago

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Caroline, No - Jeff Foskett on lead

God Only Knows - the late, great Carl on lead.

Pisces Brothers - Mike - George Harrison tribute

Sail on Sailor - the grown-up confident Ambha Love, belted out this Holland classic. Ike on backgrounds. Great Job and cool to see the photos of when she was a little girl “dancing” in her dad’s arms.

Do You Wanna Dance - fiery Dennis Wilson in Black and White

All Summer Long - we’ve been having fun!

Help Me Rhonda


Good Vibrations - in The Great Auditorium - great harmonica section from Randy Leago.

Encore - "only if the audience sings.”

Barbara Ann - with the Great Auditorium Barbara Ann dancers

Fun, Fun, Fun in "God’s Square Mile,” where tourism, healthy recreation, entertainment and God intersect on the Jersey Shore. They loved The Beach Boys.


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