(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) May 15, 2016- America’s Band, The Beach Boys, featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, will make a stop in Oklahoma City as part of their Summer Tour Kick Off to help raise money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma “Food For Kids” program. Net proceeds raised from this show will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Guest staring, with The Beach Boys, will be Surf Rock Icon Dean Torrence of “Jan and Dean” fame.
The concert will be held at The Civic Center Music Hall, Saturday May 21, 2016 at 7:00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.okcciviccenter.com, over the phone at 405-297-2264, or in person at The Civic Center Music Hall, located at 201 N. Walker Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
“The Beach Boys have played virtually every well known venue throughout the world from London’s Royal Albert Hall, to the Sydney Opera House, to the Hollywood Bowl, but May 21, 2016 marks the first time The Beach Boys have played The Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City” said show producer and Edmond resident John Occhipinti. “Kind of ironic when you think the Civic Center Music Hall was constructed nearly 80 years ago.”
Occhipinti further said, “The Beach Boys, who have toured the world for over fifty years, are very excited to play this iconic venue and to play this beautiful building as part of a charity event, benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, makes it that much more special.”
One in four children struggle with hunger every day. Every $200 raised from The Beach Boys’ concert will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided millions of meals for chronically hungry children through Food for Kids.
“Children should never have to go to bed with hunger pangs in their bellies,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “We are thankful for The Beach Boys, Dean Torrence and their fans for joining us in the fight against childhood hunger in the state.”
From humble roots in Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys have become an international sensation. Their famous harmonies and classic songs continue to travel the world bringing “Good Vibrations” everywhere.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping make The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.
Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.