Surf’s Up In Austin For The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys perform at ACL-LiveThe Beach Boys perform at ACL-Live

Celebrating over 50 years as an American institution, The Beach Boys caught a wave and rode it into Austin, Texas on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The perennial surfer boys from the west coast made a splash with the diverse group of fans packed into the auditorium at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater.

Although it’s the middle of winter in Austin, and no sand was to be found on the floor of the venue, many fans arrived wearing Hawaiian shirts, ready to hang ten and experience a gnarly show.

Even though the band was minus several of its founding members, including Brian Wilson, they were able to perform a plethora of the “surfer music” hits we have come to love. Leading the band was founding member Mike Love. He was joined by longtime band member Bruce Johnston, as well as Mike’s son, Christian Love, Randell, Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten. A special guest joining the Beach Boys for this stop was Texas’ own, Christopher Cross.

Rumors were flying for days in advance about the possibility of an extra special guest appearance, but the ladies in the crowd were disappointed when John Stamos did NOT grace the stage with The Beach Boys. Even with this minor disappointment, the show was still a major hit with the fans, both young and old.

1. Do It Again
2. Little Honda
3. Catch a Wave
4. Hawaii
5. Goin’ to the Beach
6. Surf City
7. Surfin’ Safari
8. Surfer Girl
9. Getcha Back
10. Why Do Fools Fall in Love
11. When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
12. Darlin’
13. Disney Girls
14. Cool Head, Warm Heart
15. Be True to Your School
16. Ballad of Ole’ Betsy
17. Don’t Worry Baby
18. Little Deuce Coupe
19. 409
20. Shut Down
21. I Get Around
22. Intermission
22. California Dreamin’
23. Sloop John B
24. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
25. Then He Kissed Me
26. California Girls
27. Dance, Dance, Dance
28. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
29. The Warmth of the Sun
30. God Only Knows
31. All This Is That (with Christopher Cross)
32. I Can Hear Music  (with Christopher Cross on lead vocal)
33. Kokomo (with Christopher Cross)
34. Good Vibrations
35. Help Me, Rhonda
36. Rock and Roll Music
37. Do You Wanna Dance?
38. Barbara Ann
39. Surfin’ U.S.A.
40. Encore:
40. Wild Honey
41. Fun, Fun, Fun

Photographs by Scott Moore / Limelight Imaging