The Beach Boys will be the first headliner at the new stage at River's Edge Park.
The classic pop band — Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and their backing musicians — will perform old favorites such as “Surfin' U.S.A.,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo” as well as one new song, “Isn't It Time,” from the band's 2012 album, “That's Why God Made the Radio.”
“The audience seems to really dig it,” Love told The World-Herald.
Love, 72, uses transcendental meditation to help himself relax and keep his body ready to perform 100 or more concerts every year.
And though he's performed songs such as “Good Vibrations” countless times, they're still fresh to him. Love talked about writing the chorus (“I'm pickin' up good vibrations/She's giving me excitations”) on the way to the studio, and he remembers that every time he plays the song.
“It's kind of like time travel in a way,” he said.
So far this year, the Beach Boys have toured all over the world, and Love was excited to come to Council Bluffs.
With the band having been around for decades, Love said he's happy that all generations enjoy the Beach Boys' music.
“It's really a blessing to have co-written songs like 'Kokomo' and 'Good Vibrations' and 'Surfin' Safari' and all that,” Love said. “To be able to perform them and have them appreciated as much as they are these days — 40 and 45 years after you created them — it's amazing.”
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The Beach Boys, 7 p.m., Saturday
The Missouri River will be transformed to the California beach on Saturday with the music of the Beach Boys. The “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin' Safari” and “Barbara Ann” band will take the stage after Mulberry Lane opens the concert at 7 p.m. Mike Love leads the band that includes Bruce Johnston, Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten. And actor John Stamos, a friend of the band and occasional performer, will joining the group.
Omaha Symphony, Brass in Blue, 8 p.m. Sunday
“Fireworks for Freedom” will feature a fireworks show (tune into 99.9 FM for the accompanying music) and will be preceded by a concert by the Omaha Symphony and the Brass in Blue from the Air Force's Heartland of America Band.
Playing With Fire featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings; Food Truck Festival, 4 p.m. Monday
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are credited with a revival of soul and funk music. Jones, 57, was a corrections officer and security guard before finally getting her break as a singer when she was in her 40s. On Monday, the band will headline a Playing With Fire concert, and it's the first time the band has performed here since headlining PWF in 2011. Jones & the Dap-Kings will be joined by Vintage Trouble, Satchel Grande, Mojo Bag and M2J. Look for an interview with Vintage Trouble on Kevin Coffey's blog, Rock Candy, on Omaha.com.
Movies in the Park
Two movies are a part of the series. “Grease” will be screened following a performance by The Rumbles on Wednesday. The Rumbles take the stage at 7 p.m., and the screening will follow. On June 5, Movies in the Park returns with “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” which will begin at 9 p.m.
Rumble on the River, June 1 and 2
Activities at River's Edge Park aren't all music and movies. Rumble on the River is a youth soccer tournament with teams of up to six players for kids under 12. Register a team by Friday at www.loessfest.com.
Bluffs Bash, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 7 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 8
Artists and musicians will be a part of Bluffs Bash, the final event celebrating the opening of River's Edge Park.
Among the performers at Bluffs Bash are Ezra and Adeev Potash, twin brothers who attended Westside High School. The brothers were mentored by Wynton Marsalis and now attend music schools in New York City. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform as the finale to the celebration at 7:30 p.m. on June 8. The band is known for its New Orleans-style jazz and is named after the famed French Quarter jazz venue, Preservation Hall. The group has been around for decades and recently performed with The Black Keys and Dr. John at the Grammy Awards.