The Beach Boys to receive special honor on Fourth of July, launch new tour tonight

Written by on May 25, 2018

Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthThe Beach Boys have played a number of July 4 shows in Washington, D.C. over the years, and the band will return to the U.S. capital to perform on the annual A Capitol Fourth concert for a second consecutive year.

As part of the event, which PBS will air live from the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. ET, The Beach Boys will be honored with the prestigious National Artistic Achievement Award.  The group will be the fifth-ever recipient of the honor, joining Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, and conductor and Star Wars composer John Williams.

“This is an extraordinary recognition for our band,” says founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love. “We are grateful to everyone involved with A Capitol Fourth for this beautiful honor. The Beach Boys have been synonymous with 4th of July and performing on the West Lawn for decades now. It is an enormous source of pride.”

Appropriately enough, the award will be presented by A Capitol Fourth host John Stamos, who’s been a friend and an occasional touring member of The Beach Boys for decades.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys kick off a new North American summer trek dubbed the “Now and Then” tour tonight in Springfield, Illinois. The outing is mapped out all the way into the fall. Stamos will join the group on select dates beginning in June.

While the band is out on the road, the recently reported album The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will hit stores June 8. It’s a 19-track collection featuring archival vocal performances paired with new symphonic parts recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Here are all of the Beach Boys’ confirmed North American tour dates, according to TheBeachBoys.com:

5/25 — Springfield, IL, Springfield Sliders Stadium
5/26 — Herrin, IL, HerrinFesta Italiana
6/1 — Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/2 — Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/3 — Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/5 — Grand Forks, ND, Chester Fritz Auditorium
6/6 — Sioux Falls, SD, Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion
6/7 — La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
6/8 — Wausau, WI, Grand Theatre
*6/9 — Fish Creek WI, Door Community Auditorium
6/22 — Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
6/23 — Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/30 — Timmins, ON, Canada, Stars and Thunder Festival
7/1 — San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
7/13 — Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/14 — Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/15 — Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
7/17 — Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/18 — Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
7/19 — Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
7/20 — Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/21 — Kemptville, ON, Canada, Kemptville Live Musical Festival  
7/22 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Edmonton Northlands Grounds
7/25 — Columbus, OH, Celeste Center
7/27 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
7/29 — Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheatre
8/2 — Fredericksburg, VA, Marks & Harrison Amphitheater
8/3 — Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage
8/4 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre (two shows)
8/5 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center
8/7 — Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs
8/8 — Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/9 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/10 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/11 — Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent (two shows)
8/12 — Webster, MA, Indian Ranch Amphitheatre
8/14 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/15 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 — Farmingville, NY, Brookhaven Amphitheater
8/17 — Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater
8/18 — Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
8/20 — Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/21 — Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/24 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
8/25 — Franklin, WI, Milwaukee County Sports Center
8/27 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/15 — Hutchinson, KS, Kansas State Fair
9/16 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/21 — Santa Barbara, CA, The Granada Theatre
9/28 — Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest
11/14 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/15 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

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