IMPERIAL — The fair audience at the Wells Fargo Main Stage went on a surfin’ safari last Thursday with “Catch a Wave: A Tribute to The Beach Boys.” The tribute band took to the stage and entertained the audience with an array of hits by the Beach Boys, they also threw in some B-sides and rarities.
The band pumped up the crowd’s energy as fans from several generations took over the ground next to the stage singing and dancing along with their favorite surfer songs. The group adeptly performed songs which spanned the band’s illustrious career, songs from the surfer pop era of “Surfin’ Safari” to the more psychedelic experimentations from the “Pet Sounds” era of the group. They rallied the crowd with their renditions of “Surfer Girl,” “409,” “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” and “Good Vibrations.”
Glenn Henry who is the band’s bass player explained in more detail about the band’s origins.
“Back in 2001, the former drummer in the band approached me outside of a night club in Los Angeles and asked me to start a Beach Boys’ band.” The band began under the name “The Beach Toys.”
“I heard about the band five years ago through several musicians. I auditioned for them,” said Joel Dalton, the band’s current vocalist and keyboard player.
The band had the honor to play for the original members of The Beach Boys when the State of California recognized the home of Brian Wilson as a historical landmark in 2005. It was the first time that the home of a band member had ever been given such an honor.
“Brian Wilson was there. Al Jardeen and Dennis Wilson’s children were in the audience and they loved what we were doing,” added Henry.