Knoxville Concerts

The Beach Boys: Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

The sound of surf that once swept the nation is still alive and well.

A crowd of people are funneling into the doors of the Tennessee Theatre under the dazzlingly illuminated marquee.

Somehow the incompatibility of the glamorous Tennessee Theatre, a band known for their summer sound, and a stage filled with Christmas trees works.

As America’s longest running band takes the stage, a nostalgic montage of the their peak fame plays. In the duration of a 37 song set, the theater is filled with complex harmonies and surf guitars.

It may be a Christmas special but all the beloved surf-sound songs make the cut: “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfer Girl,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Do You Wanna Dance?,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “409” and “I Get Around.”

A brief intermission is followed by a slew of Christmas favorites strung together. After “Little Saint Nick” the show transitions to songs from Pet Sounds, such as “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.”

When I was a junior in college, I was tasked with writing a lengthy essay on the legacy of the Beach Boys’ revolutionary album Pet Sounds. It expanded my appreciation of them ten fold.

With that being said, it feels as though time heeds to “God Only Knows.” Mike Love’s son leads. I get chills at the sound of, I may not always love you but as long as there are stars above you… 

The night ends with “Kokomo,” “Good Vibrations” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.” If Hawaiian shirts and dancing the twist moves you, this is the place to be.

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