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Virginia Arts Festival Announces The Beach Boys for Williamsburg Live

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WILLIAMSBURG — The Beach Boys  will bring their “Endless Summer Gold” tour to  Williamsburg Live on Friday, June 21, The Virginia Arts Festival announced Tuesday.

The Beach Boys are led by lead singer and chief lyricist Mike Love, who will be joined by longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, Jon Bolton, Keith Hubacher, Randy Leago and John Wedemeyer.

The concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. Beginning with 1961’s  “Surfin,” hits include “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.”

Elected to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, The Beach Boys were also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In more than five decades of touring, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history, The Virginia Arts Festival noted in its announcement.

Each June, the Virginia Arts Festival hosts the annual outdoor summer music event Williamsburg Live on The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Already announced for the 2024 edition is Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Laufey on Sunday, June 23. 

Past artists headliners have included Allison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Lake Street Dive, Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell, Martina McBride, Amos Lee, Chris Thile, Leyla McCalla, The Wood Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Kenny Loggins, and Keb’ Mo’.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and will be available at vafest.org, by phone 757-282-2822, and in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office (440 Bank Street in Norfolk).

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