“Wouldn’t it be nice” to relax on a Sunday afternoon at Morgan Auditorium, listening to songs from one of the greater rock bands of the 1960s?
A performance on Sunday by Catch A Wave, the Beach Boys tribute band, was the perfect environment for the entire family to have “fun fun fun.”
The concert was a fundraising event to benefit the University’s Model United Nations, the Debate Team and Mu Phi Epsilon, falling under the Sundays at the Morgan program.
Although it would have been wonderful to have “409” people at the concert, the numbers were still impressive and the event was able to raise nearly $2,000.
“We have had such good times here – we definitely want to keep coming back,” said Glenn Henry, the remaining founder of the group, then called the Beach Toys. “I love this place, I love this campus, I love this town.”
Catch a Wave features the musical talents of Henry, Chris Hilliard, Richard Gibson, Gene Martin and Joel Dalton.
While the band covers all of The Beach Boys’ songs, they prefer to perform their music from 1963 to 1965, covering albums such as “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “All Summer Long.”
“We follow them on their website, and we try to come out and see them when we can,” said Terry Rahcles, a Riverside fan and friend of the band. “We even saw them last night at Pala Casino.”
The audience felt the band’s “good vibrations” and were singing along to favorites such as “Catch a Wave,” “Do You Wanna Dance?,” “Kokomo” and “Barbara Ann.”
The band even asked the audience to start the song “Let’s Go Trippin’,’” and divided the hall into different sections to sing a certain word.
“The energy was good, and everyone seemed to have a good time,” Rahcles said.
The hall was filled not only with students, but families from the community and their friends out to have a good time.
One little boy was so into the performance, his parents had a hard time keeping him from “dance dance dancing” along in the center aisle.
“I’m very picky, but I thought it was awesome,” said Nick Baker, one of the organizers of the event and a member of College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.
Baker worked with Jonathan Reed, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to organize the concert to help clubs on campus.
They were responsible for putting on last year’s Paperback Writer concert, which was held in October to benefit the Debate team, who was in need of funding for the U.S. National Championship in La Verne.
Several members of Catch a Wave were present in The Beatles tribute band Paperback Writer.
Baker said students need to “stay true to their school” and come out to events like this, because not only are they going to have a great time, but they will give back to themselves.
So the next time you see an event with Catch a Wave scheduled to perform, the band hopes that all the Wendys, Rhondas and Barbara Anns show up, get “stoked,” and support the University.
Amanda Larsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.