July 26, 2006

Beach Boys Surfin' To East Hampton

East Hampton will be feeling some good vibrations very soon. The Beach Boys are scheduled to perform at a charity concert on August 22 at Bill and Karie Gardiner's farm on James Lane in East Hampton. The concert, expected to draw 1200 people, will raise money for the local charities Project Most, The East Hampton Community Council, Meals on Wheels, and the Kendall Madison Foundation.

The current edition of the band is led by original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston; the band consists of a number of surfer band regulars.

"It's been a long time coming," said Bill Gardiner, who is organizing the event, adding the surf-centered culture of the East End made it a logical showcase for the California-cool cultivated by the group.

"It's a wonderful thing having a band of the stature of the Beach Boys coming into town and helping local charities. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved," said David Rubenstein, who is helping with the publicity for the event.

"I'm very pleased [the band] shoved this in. This was supposed to be a day off for them," Gardiner added.

The four beneficiary charities are all East Hampton based. Project Most is an after school program at East Hampton and Springs schools; nearly 220 students participated last year. The East Hampton Community Council helps locals pay bills in difficult times, as well as providing financial and physical care for homebound individuals. The Kendall Madison Foundation provides college scholarships to local students; Meals on Wheels provides hot meals to homebound individuals.

"All of the proceeds are for charity and charity only. There will be no political speeches or commercial speeches," Gardiner explained. The band will perform at a charity rate, and the Gardiners have fronted $30,000 of their own money to pay for initial expenses.

The Beach Boys will perform a two hour set, a mixture of greatest hits and new material that has been "left to the discretion" of the band, Gardiner said. The benefit will also feature a fashion show of the designs of Jacquelyne Love, the wife of Beach Boy's lead singer Mike Love, called "Fashion For Passion," as well as an auction and a meet-and-greet with the band.

Tickets are $100 for general admission; VIP ticket prices have yet to be determined. The concert will be by invitation only, but Gardiner said interested Bonackers shouldn't worry about being shut out. "We're going to invite East Hampton. If you don't get an invitation from us, call," Gardiner said.

"It seems like everyone we talked to is excited about this," Karie Gardiner added. "Their music is so fun."

For more information, call Bill Gardiner at 907-9860.

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