Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mr. Southern California

I had a choice..

.....go to Goleta and see Travis and gal pal Gary Earle moderate (YAWN) the Goleta city council candidates debate..or go see Mr. Southern Califonia.....

Brian Wilson and band were in high spirits Wednesday night at the Lobero. "Let's rocknroll, Santa Barbara" and then the lively, sold out crowd was treated to some high energy Beach boys hits.. "Do You Wanna Dance"?? he asked, then launched into the song..everyone, including me, was up dancing in the isles...his band was rock solid and professional, helping Brian sound very good, indeed. Taylor Mills added great back-up vocals and of course, is the perfect California Girl.. Brian seemed very relaxed and happy to be there..folks were hooping and hollering to be in the same room with this guy, whose music can send a chill down your spine with a chord change...among the many highlights was a rollicking version of "Sail on Sailor" just couldn't sit down!
After the first set and a break, the band came back with a string section and performed the new concept album "Lucky Old Sun"..full of gorgeous music and Beach Boy type quirkiness..much like a continuation of " Smile" and "Holland" musical brilliance.. and an ode to Southern California...two encores included "Johnny B Goode" and "Help Me Rhonda" and the crowd just couldn't get enough... thank Brian for finally bringing some good vibrations to the De la Guerra Plaza neighborhood!

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