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Local Looks: Fun, fun, fun as SCERA Shell season begins with Beach Boys tribute

By Molly McCoy - Special to the Daily Herald | May 29, 2024
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Carnie and Wendy Wilson, front, and Matt Jardine, at left in blue, perform at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem on Saturday, May 25, 2024.
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Carnie Wilson, left, and Matt Jardine, right, perform at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem on Saturday, May 25, 2024.
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At front from left, Carnie Wilson, Matt Jardine and Wendy Wilson perform at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

With the start of summer right around the corner, patrons filtered into the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater on Saturday evening for the kickoff to SCERA’s summer events and to celebrate the first show in the outdoor theater this year. Although it had been raining all day prior to the show, fans braved the chilly weather for a memorable night full of music and fun.

As the show began, it was announced that due to illness Al Jardine wouldn’t be able to attend that night’s show. Instead, the audience would get to hear from Carnie and Wendy Wilson, who are the daughters of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, and Matt Jardine, son of Al Jardine. The band that was touring with them was made up of previous tour fill-ins of the original Beach Boys, so the whole night felt as though you were at a Beach Boys family reunion. The band wasted no time as they started singing classic Beach Boys songs as well as a few songs from Wilson Philips. The crowd ate up every second of each song, frequently getting up to dance and sing along. At the end of the evening, inflatable beach balls were thrown into the crowd for everyone to play with.

My favorite songs of the night included “God Only Knows,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” As someone who loves music and music history, a nice addition to the evening would be the moments in between songs when Wendy Wilson would tell some of the stories behind the songs and little-known facts about how they were written. All three emanated the joy they felt while performing and made every moment of the evening fun. At one point, Wendy took out her phone and had the crowd record a message to send to Al since he could not be there. Overall, the night was enjoyable and memorable for all in attendance.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater, and the upcoming events are here to commemorate the fun and artistic talent that the venue is known for. Throughout the summer, there will be numerous outdoor movies from the ’80s to enjoy and the 19th annual Dancing Under the Stars on Aug. 23-24. Additionally, the summer musical lineup has something for everyone with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” taking place June 7-22, following that is “Crazy For You” taking place July 5-20, and finally “Fiddler on the Roof” taking place Aug. 2-20. The rest of the outdoor season will be sprinkled with concerts, the first being the “American Mosaic” featuring Jenny Oaks Baker and family on June 24, Collin Raye on July 22, Richard Marx on Aug. 26, Lauren Allred on Aug. 30, and Home Free to round out the outdoor season on Sept. 2. Get tickets now and be sure not to miss the exciting summer season SCERA Shell has in store!


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