The Beach Boys, two of them anyway, drew a full house to the Chumash Casino on Thursday night. Silver-haired grandmothers were on their feet screaming words to songs like “California Girls.”
Running the show was former Santa Barbara Mesa Lane resident Mike Love, one of the original Beach Boys from 1961, alongside Montecitan Bruce Johnston, who joined up in 1965. Also on stage was Mike’s son, Christian.
Mike, now 72, cracked to the crowd, “We should be given a medal for even remembering the words.” And remember they did. “For those under 90,” he led off with the sweetly sentimental “Surfer Girl” on a stage festooned with surfboards.
Later, the band shoved the show into high gear with the famous car songs, like “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409,” and “I Get Around.”
Those beloved old Beach Boy hits kept coming with few pauses between numbers: “Good Vibrations,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Barbara Ann,” “God Only Knows,” and many more, with good old Rhonda still helping get that girl out of
Johnston, who won a Grammy for writing “I Write the Songs,” made famous by Barry Manilow, didn’t sing it Thursday night, fortunately, but did croon his beachy composition “Disney Girls,” harking back to the more innocent times in Southern California.
It was a lovely evening. Wouldn’t it be nice if the group, which appeared in fuller numbers at the Bowl last year, made an annual outing to Santa Barbara?