Beach Boys tribute sends good vibrations

BREA - You're in for some "Good Vibrations" at the Curtis Theatre in Brea this weekend with the show "Classical Vibrations, An Orchestral Salute to the Beach Boys."Brian Beirne, Mr. Rock 'N Roll of K-EARTH 101 radio fame, hosts the show. Surfin' Safari, a Beach Boys tribute band, is backed by the luminous sound of a 14-piece orchestra. Orchestrations for the musical event are by Kevin Babuder who has composed, arranged, and orchestrated music for major motion pictures, television and video games. Curtis audiences will be treated to the incomparable beauty of The Beach Boys vocal harmonies, crashing back beat, soaring surf guitar and musical genius. This tribute band has captured the sound of this incomparable group and will take audiences back to the music that a generation grew up on. Christopher May has captured the hyper-energetic personality of Mike Love as the spokesperson for the group. Dan Carson plays Brian Wilson and is the musical ear of the group. His counter tenor voice creates the unique sound of Brian Wilson perfectly. Rick Pizana has created a note for note reproduction of Carl Wilson's lead guitar that lies at the heart of the group's sound. Mike Sarafian captures Dennis Wilson's open-mouthed, left handed drumming to a tee. Benjamin Chadwick is an accomplished musician who has a voice made for this music. He portrays Al Jardine. The tribute band is backed by a 14-piece orchestra made up of music performance majors from Chapman University and California State University at Fullerton and Long Beach. These talented students provide a sweeping background to some of the songs, particularly the ballads of Brian Wilson. If you've never been to the Curtis Theatre in Brea, you're in for a surprisingly enjoyable theater experience. With only 198 seats, it's the perfect venue for an intimate live theater event. Literally, there are no bad seats. To top it off, there is free parking in the underground lot and two elevators to whisk you up to the theater on the Plaza Level. The theater is handicapped accessible and is located in the Civic and Cultural Center on the corner of Birch and Randolph. "Classical Vibrations" will play through Oct. 17 with shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $26 for seniors and students. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

********** Published: October 14, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 26