Al Jardine Friends & Family Tour
From 1963 to 1998, Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine served as the band’s rhythm guitarist, sang lead vocals on tracks like “Cotton Fields”, “Then I Kissed Her”, and “Help Me, Rhonda”, and was an integral voice in the creation of the band’s most famous albums like Little Deuce Coupe, All Summer Long, and Pet Sounds.
Now, Jardine is hitting the road again with the Al Jardine Friends & Family Tour and heading to Sony Hall to deliver an experience that combines the upbeat vibes of a Beach Boys concert with the sway-inducing rhythms of a Wilson Phillips concert.
Carnie and Wendy Wilson
Joining Al Jardine for this tour are Carnie and Wendy Wilson, who are two-thirds of pop music group Wilson Phillips and the daughters of fellow Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson. Since Wilson Phillips broke out with their debut single “Hold On” in 1990, the band has had many chart-topping songs like “Release Me” and “Impulsive” from their self-titled debut album.
The group split after their sophomore outing Shadows and Light, but Carnie and Wendy Wilson reunited with fellow member Chynna Phillips in 2004 to release their album California. The group got back together again in 2010 to create the holiday album Christmas in Harmony. They’ve been performing together ever since and even made a scene-stealing appearance in Bridesmaids (2011).
Keeping with the friends and family theme, Rob Bonfiglio, Carnie Wilson’s husband, will be leading the eight-member band that regularly plays Beach Boys songs in concert alongside Al Jardine. Before this, Bonfiglio helped found bands including Wanderlust and The Better Days, the latter being renamed The Skies Of America.
Also performing is Matt Jardine, Al Jardine’s son. Matt was a member of the Beach Boys from 1988 to 1998 and contributed to the M.I.U. Album’s single “Come Go With Me” along with performances on the “Still Cruisin’”,” Summer in Paradise,” and “Stars and Stripes Vol. 1” albums.
Matt Jardine has also toured with Brian Wilson and performed lead vocals on Beach Boys classics such as “God Only Knows”, “Don’t Worry Baby,” and “Surf’s Up.”
What sort of songs can you expect to hear when Al Jardine teams up with this talented group? Well, it should come as no surprise that they’ll be revisiting Beach Boys classics like “California Girls,” I Get Around,” and “Good Vibrations” as well as Wilson Phillips hits like “You’re in Love,” and “The Dream is Still Alive.”