John Stamos and The Beach Boys to play OKC charity concert this weekend
"Full House" / "Fuller House" actor John Samos will visit Oklahoma City for the first time this weekend when he teams up with The Beach Boys for a charity concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall.
The show will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s “Food For Kids” programs and The Oklahoma Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to a news release.
“Both Mike Love and I are very excited to be back in OKC and looking forward to playing for these awesome causes,” said Grammy Award-winning Artist and longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston in a statement. “Oklahomans are second to none when it comes to helping others.”
Surf rock icon Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean fame also will guest star with The Beach Boy for the OKC show.
“Wow! What star power we have coming to OKC! We are so excited John was able to break away from his busy filming schedule to visit OKC for this special benefit event,” said show producer and Edmond resident John Occhipinti. “John is such an accomplished, brilliant musician and has played off and on with the Beach Boys for decades, before he was filming 'Full House,' where the Beach Boys made numerous guest appearances.”
In Oklahoma, one in four children lives with hunger every day. Every $100 raised from The Beach Boys’ concert will support a child in a Food for Kids program for an entire school year. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 2.3 million meals for chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids Programs, according to the news release.
“In order to thrive, children need access to nutritious food and that’s what we provide through the Food for Kids Programs,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in a statement. “We are so thankful for The Beach Boys and their devoted fans for joining us in the fight against childhood hunger.”
For the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, funds from The Beach Boys’ benefit concert will expand research and provide support to patients who are living battling blood cancers today. The society gave more than $656,000 to support Oklahomans battling cancer in the last year alone, according to the news release.
“We are sincerely grateful to The Beach Boys and their fans for joining us in the fight against blood cancer and all types of cancer,” said Kacy Lowe, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in a statement.
The Beach Boys are led by Love and Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
The Beach Boys continue to play a busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sun-drenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations to special events across the globe.
Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone— July 4, 1985— they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Tickets to the OKC show can be purchased at www.okcciviccenter.com, by phone at 594-8300, or in person at the Civic Center box office.
With every ticket purchased for the OKC show, concertgoers will receive a digital copy of the Love's new album "Unleash the Love." Ticket buyers will receive an email with more details about the offer approximately seven days after their purchase.