Originally Published: September 23, 2016 12:01 a.m.
The Beach Boys tribute show, “Catch a Wave,” is one of the few, if not the only, such show to be performed for the original artists … and be given the thumbs-up.
UPDATE: The show at the Elks Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23, is sold out.
Glenn Henry III, who plays the part of Brian Wilson, explained that the tribute band was invited to play at the 2005 dedication of the Beach Boys Historic Landmark at the Wilsons’ childhood home in Hawthorne, California.
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The real band watched the tribute band and was impressed.
“Not only did (the band) accept it, they loved it. They had nothing but rave reviews of our show, and they, in fact, fully stood behind what we do,” he said. “That’s wonderful.”
Quite a feat for a tribute band.
But then, it’s no ordinary tribute band. They’ve been together for 16 years.
“It’s an authentic, almost exact, replication, if you will, of the 1960’s Beach Boys,” Henry said. “That includes all the (replica) instruments and amplifiers that they used … and of course, we wear the signature, iconic blue-and-white striped shirts that they wore in ’64 and ’65.”
The band all sings the actual parts their characters sung at the time, as well.
“The show is all live, there are no (recorded) tracks,” he added.
Henry was one of the original members of “Catch a Wave,” which he started with a former drummer just for fun, and over time, they became pickier about looking and sounding more authentic.
The band succeeds if the audience feels “as if they had seen the Beach Boys live in the 1960s,” Henry said. “A lot of fun, and a lot of great hits. We have audiences that sing along and dance.
“We’re bringing the surf to Prescott.”