Brian Wilson to perform at 2016 Mid-State Fair!
PASO ROBLES (CA) – The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce BRIAN WILSON has been confirmed to perform in concert Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Special guests include Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. “Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds” is the Fair’s annual “Evening of Music & Wine” concert, which will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Ticket prices for the show are $31-$61 and will go on sale Friday, June 10, 2016. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR, and at 1:00 pm at the California Mid-State Fair box office (2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles) or any ValliTix location.
The Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour will feature the entire Pet Sounds album, considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, its composer, arranger and producer (that is, Mr. Wilson) rewrote all the rules of what a record could be; as one observer noted, its release was “Independence Day” for rock ‘n’ roll. Primarily working with a new collaborator (lyricist and songwriter Tony Asher), the album featured a dozen originals (including two astounding instrumentals); Pet Sounds was a musical canvas as boundless as Brian’s heart. (Ironically, when you hear the lost innocence in the wail of “Caroline No,” you realize that Pet Sounds not only heals our broken heart but Brian’s too.)
On the charts in America, the album reached #10 and featured four hit singles (including two Top 10 hits, a reworking of the folk standard “Sloop John B” [#3] and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” [#8] as well as two others that cracked the Top 40---“God Only Knows” and “Caroline No”). The former is considered by many, including Sir Paul McCartney, to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded; the latter was released as a solo single under the name “Brian Wilson”. (NOTE: It would be twenty years before there would be another Brian Wilson solo single.)
The 2016 California Mid-State Fair runs July 20 through July 31. This year’s theme is “The Adventure Continues…”