The Beach Boys coming to The Mendel Center Mainstage

Event:              The Beach Boys

When:              Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

Tickets:  $57 | $77 | $97

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700 option 1, or



The Beach Boys coming to The Mendel Center Mainstage Oct. 25


BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Legendary music icons The Beach Boys will perform at The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, July 24, at 10 am through The Mendel Center Box Office and online at


You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.


Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth–and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play– it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.


Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.


Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, [Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs”], joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists. 

Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. It could have rested on the success of the epoch-shifting Pet Sounds masterpiece in 1966, or after recording Love’s co-written Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” in 1988 and seeing it become its bestselling single ever, or after being inducted that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, or after watching its worldwide album sales blow past l00 million, or after winning the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight.


In 2012, The Beach Boys scheduled a 74 date 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour which was scheduled as a limited run reunion tour and ended in the U.S. July 15 and internationally on Sept 28th in which the original members reunited and released "That's Why God Made the Radio," the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone. 


The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, or David Marks.


Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls,” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.”  Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible, chart-topping “Kokomo.”


The band appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The Tonight Show.  Other television appearances include performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show Imus In The Morning, TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade, The Today Show, PBS’ A Capitol Fourth,Good Morning America, Weekend Today, andThe O’Reilly Factor. 


The Mendel Center Mainstage Series Member pre-sale begins July 6 at 10 am. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, July 24, at 10 am at www.TheMendelCenter.comand through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm. 




About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, hearing-assist devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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