surf’s up: brian wilson to play the opera house

brian wilson

This Sunday, we will publish our annual Summer Concert Guide, a listing of over 200 performances scheduled within a two hour drive of Lexington in the coming months.

The trouble in assembling such a piece is that it is almost instantly obsolete. No sooner do we get in print than another great show is announced. This year’s guide is already obsolete because of the news we just received. Ultimately, though, this is a great problem to have.

This afternoon, the Troubadour Concert Series – which already has performances by Steve Martin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Steve Earle on tap this summer – has added a major treat to its Opera House schedule: Brian Wilson.

The brainchild of the Beach Boys, Wilson will present a program titled “An Evening of Hits and Gershwin” on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Tickets, at $95.50 and $125.50 each, will go on sale June 17.

The hits, of course, will entail classics from Wilson’s legendary Beach Boys catalogue, including songs from the never completed Smile album that are slated for release later this year as The Smile Sessions. The Gershwin aspect of the concert will pull from material off of 2010’s Brian Wilson Re-Imagines Gershwin album.

Showtime for the Opera House concert will be 7:30 p.m.

That’s what you call time-appropriate news as the unofficial opening weekend of summer begins.

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