Tonight, Ted and I went out-of-state for an outdoor summer concert in Alton, IL. The Beach Boys performed at the Liberty Bank Amphitheater on the east bank of the mighty Mississippi. We made three major river crossings on our eastward route to arrive at the concert–twice across the Missouri because it flows north and then turns toward the south again, and once across the Mississippi. After having beautiful summer evenings for all of our free concerts, we had drizzle on and off during this entire concert–the only one we paid for!
I was hoping the concert would be postponed, but the amphitheater website said all concerts are rain or shine with absolutely no refunds or exchanges. So there! It rained more heavily in the afternoon, but decreased to intermittent drizzle during the evening. Adding to the discomfort, the temperature was in the mid-60s all day and evening, although the normal high at this time of year is 89 degrees. We put on jeans and long-sleeved shirts with our waterproof hiking shoes, gathered umbrellas and waterproof jackets and pants, then headed for Alton.
In spite of the weather, it’s summer (at least on the calendar) and the Beach Boys exemplify summer music, so here we are.
This Beach Boys tour is called “Now and Then” and features the 1960s Beach Boys’ music as well as their more current songs. Mike Love is the only remaining member of the original Beach Boys performing with the group. He should have quit a long time ago, because his voice is long gone and his range is minimal. I’m not exaggerating when I say Ted would have done a better job singing the lyrics than Mike Love did–no insult intended toward Ted. Mike’s son, Christian, is one of the vocalists, and he sounded good when they let him sing lead on one song. They should have let him sing lead for the entire concert.
The weather was crummy, but the concert was good, and the beat is still that familiar Beach Boys’ summer sound. Prior to and following tonight’s performance, a mix tape of 60s songs was playing. As we left the amphitheater, the song we heard was “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” The concert was good and so was the hot shower when we got home.