Beach Boys to play Kemptville Live 2018

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Scheduled big-time Canadian nostalgia acts include Loverboy, Kim Mitchell, Trooper

KEMPTVILLE — A wave of talent is coming to North Grenville this summer, with none other than The Beach Boys riding the crest as newly announced headliners of the 2018 Kemptville Live Music Festival.

The iconic act will take the stage at the former Kemptville College venue on Saturday, July 21. The band’s lineup today still includes a couple of members from the 1960s roster. And that starts with 76-year-old frontman Mike Love, writer of the band’s first hit — Surfin’ — and co-writer (with his retired-from-touring cousin, Brian Wilson) of classics like Fun, Fun, Fun, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls, the Grammy nominated Good Vibrations as well as — years later — Kokomo.

Bruce Johnston, 75, isn’t quite an original member, but he’s been with the Beach Boys since 1965 on vocals/bass when he replaced Glenn Campbell — who in turn had filled-in on tour for Wilson. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd has firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.

The band’s masterpiece single turned half a century old in 2016, prompting a 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour that year. And they still have legions of fans — selling over three million copies of their 2013 release, Sounds of Summer.

The Beach Boys are but the latest in big-name nostalgia signed up for Kemptville Live 2018.

Organizers have announced that Canadian rock legends Loverboy, Kim Mitchell and Trooper are all slated to take the stage a day earlier, on the Friday of the local music festival.

Kemptville Live 2018 runs July 19-22.