It's time to test the power of true pop music persuasion.
Is it possible to summon the spirit of summer during the heart of autumn? Can one of surf music's landmark pop groups still re-create the sunny stride of its platinum-selling past with only one original member? Can said cofounder match the youthful gusto of hits that are roughly 45 years old?
These and other questions will be answered Wednesday night as The Beach Boys strike up the summer muse with an Alltech Fortnight Festival show at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Technically, The Beach Boys really whittle down to one Beach Boy who was around when the group commanded the pop charts in the 1960s: singer Mike Love.
For as long as there has been a Beach Boys sound, Love has been its primary voice. But today's Beach Boys also still retain a longtime collaborator, singer/songwriter Bruce Johnston, who has recorded and performed with the band since roughly 1965.
There is no new Beach Boys music to promote. There really hasn't been any for about 15 years. But with hits as sterling as California Girls, Surfer Girl and Good Vibrations and comparatively underappreciated classics as The Warmth of the Sun, Caroline No and Sail on, Sailor, new music seems almost intrusive.