By Abby Cloud
When Florida State University’s President John Thrasher nonchalantly hinted to my friend and I that he wanted to bring The Beach Boys to FSU for an event while speaking with him at Dance Marathon FSU, we were skeptical (and hopeful). As of yesterday, however, it was confirmed that one of the headliners for FSU’s Opening Nights 2019-2020 season is, indeed, The Beach Boys!
This is not the first time tropical and vibrant 1960s rock band has traveled to the Capital City. In 2015, The Beach Boys took to the stage at the Capital City Amphitheater. Current members of the band Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Jeffery Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, all hit the stage on that dark and stormy night back in 2015.
Opening Nights at FSU sprouted from the 1921 Florida State College for Women Artist Series. This popular performing arts series was established under the late Sandy D’Alemberte, one of the college’s former presidents, in February of 1999 and has been hosted annually ever since. The mission behind Opening Nights at FSU is to “engage our university, local, and global communities in creative experiences” as well as educate the community on the arts.
While many from the community look forward to The Beach Boys, Opening Nights at FSU has yet to announce the rest of their lineup. On May 29 at 8 p.m., you can expect to see the rest of the 2019-2020 season lineup on their website: https://openingnights.fsu.edu/.