PRINCETON — There are a very limited number of grandstand seats remaining for the Beach Boys concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Bureau County Fair in Princeton.
You can capsulize the most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.
Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sun-drenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide.
In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album “Endless Summer” ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.
Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, (Barry Manilow’s “I Write theSongs”), joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards) — Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion/vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band.
For complete ticket information for all fair shows, see the fair’s website at www.bureaucountyfair.com. Order on the fair’s website, or call and order with a credit card at 815-875-2905. Tickets for all shows at the 159th fair are on sale weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 159th Bureau County Fair runs Aug. 20-24.