Al Jardine is bringing good vibrations back to Santa Barbara County. A founding member of the Beach Boys, Jardine is presenting a multimedia show at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. The show is part of a nationwide tour that began in late January in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jardine, who played lead guitar and sang harmony with the Beach Boys, was lead singer on “Help Me, Rhonda,” a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Al chose the Central Coast to launch his first California show because of its beautiful beaches and great surf,” said producer Erik Long. “This is also the only show scheduled for Central and Southern California, and is likely the first show of its kind by any member of the Beach Boys.”
The Beach Boys hit the airwaves with their very first song, “Surfin’.” “Surfin’ Safari” and “Sloop John B” followed, along with dozens of other hits.
Considered America’s most iconic band, the Beach Boys inspired the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album with their stellar studio production work on the 1966 classic “Pet Sounds.”
Jardine’s solo studio release, “A Postcard from California,” debuted in 2010. Today, Jardine is joined by his son Matt, known for his breathtaking falsettos on Brian Wilson’s most recent "Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour."
“The show is a very much a storytellers’ style evening,” said Keith Putney, executive producer. “That is intentional. It is designed to be acoustic, up close and intimate. There will be multimedia aspects, but the thrust of the show will be the music, and the stories behind how it came to be.”
Jardine was born on Sept. 3, 1942, in Lima, Ohio. After the family moved to Southern California, Jardine attended Hawthorne High School. Also attending the school were Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson and their cousin, Mike Love. In 1961, they formed a singing group, the Pendletones, which later became the Beach Boys.
For tickets or more information, visit the Clark Center at 487 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande, call 489-9444 or visit http://clarkcenter.org/.