Posted in music | tour dates on June 23, 2008

Brian Wilson

The 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursday nights 7:30 pm Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium.

2008, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
July 10 - an evening with Michael Bolton
July 17 - an evening with Brian Wilson
July 24 - Smokey Robinson, Russell Thompkins Jr. & the New Stylistics
July 31 - classic rock night w/ "mystery guest" and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Aug 07 - an evening with Liza Minnelli
Aug 14 - Salsa by the Sea w/ TBA
Aug 21 - Huey Lewis & The News w/ special guest Paul Thorn
These FREE shows are in Brooklyn, NY (map below).

Brian Wilson is playing Hammerstein Ballroom six days earlier. He also has a new album coming out.

A Huey Lewis (!?) video, and Coney Island map below....

Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love (6 minute ver.)

Asser Levy/Seaside Park map

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Comments (45)

how's Brian Wilson live? He play any Pet Sounds?

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 9:32 AM

i'm stoked for Huey!

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 9:33 AM

wow...brian wilson for free...thats huge.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 9:36 AM


Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 9:53 AM

I wonder who the classic rock "mystery guest" will be. These are actually pretty decent shows. Brian Wilson and Smokey Robinson are great shows for free, and the other names are "big" even if they are pretty lame.

Anyway, listening to Brian Wilson live on the beach should be blast.

Posted by BK | June 23, 2008 9:53 AM


also, 'an evening with michael bolton' sounds kinda creepy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 9:57 AM

i'm kinda curious what made them think brian wilson fit in alongside a lineup of liza minelli, michael bolton, and huey lewis and the news.


Posted by howard p. flochango | June 23, 2008 10:01 AM

hot damn there is a lot of free shows this year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:05 AM

Wow -- does Patrick Bateman know about that August 21 show?? He's gonna be stoked !

Posted by david z | June 23, 2008 10:17 AM

brian wilson for free? woah. sucks for the people paying $46234562 to see him at hammerstein. [i know, it goes to charity... but still]

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:21 AM

i am totally taking my lady to an evening with michael bolton. we will make sweet, sweet love. right on the boardwalk. maybe with michael bolton.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:47 AM

"mystery guest" = Dan Deacon

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:00 AM

how does wilson fit into this concert lineup? well, lest we forget, in addition to all elephant 6 loving hipsters who worship "pet sounds," your mom and pop used to cruise up and down that same old street, listening to the beach boys. expect lots of 50 year olds going apeshit for "kokomo." (not a bad thing, really; just putting things into perspective here.)

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:02 AM

I doubt he'll be playing kokomo since he wasn't in the band for that record.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:08 AM

Is "Starship featuring Mickey Thomas" a version of Starship without Grace Slick? If so, I'll pass.

Posted by Yes, I'm kidding. I wouldn't go see Starship with Grace Slick, either. | June 23, 2008 11:14 AM

Someone had better do Brian Wilson a favor & point his clueless body in the direction of the crowd come showtime.

Posted by thechairguy | June 23, 2008 11:41 AM

Hey Perspective:

Kokomo was a hit in the 80's.

When Mom and Dead were cruisin' down Surf Ave listening to the Beach Boys, it was twenty years earlier that that. Pet Sounds '66!

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:11 PM

Brian Wilson should've continued taking drugs. I like my legends dead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:20 PM

12:20 PM: Then stay home, pretend your legend is dead and that you can't go see your legend play a great free show in Coney Island this summer and the rest of us will go to show and enjoy his music, have a fantastic time, revel in the good luck that here in 2008, against all odds we can be in the presence of this great tortured legend putting on a great free show and happily being glad he's still alive.

You like your legends dead, I like people like you to stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:39 PM

Thanks for the 'perspective', matter how littered with misconceptions it is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:54 PM

okay, replace "kokomo" with "barbara ann." does not change the fact that the beach boys are an oldies act, and therefore not out of place in a lineup of soft rock artists of past decades. i might have used the wrong song as an example, but i see no misconception otherwise. if you think the beach boys, and by extension brian wilson, are beyond the grasp of soft rock radio and bolton fans because they're an obscure garage band whose out-of-print vinyl you dug up at academy records in williamsburg, that's the real misconception.

Posted by Perspective | June 23, 2008 1:40 PM

Mystery guest is Peter Frampton... Just sayin.

Posted by Andrew | June 23, 2008 1:54 PM

saw framp rock the art museum lawn in philly july 4 a few years back. shit was awesome.

do you

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 2:04 PM

The only reason there's a "Mystery Guest" is because of contracts to other pay venues the artist is playing in the area around the same time of the free concert.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 2:08 PM

Soft Rock and Oldies are two different genres.

Posted by just sayin' | June 23, 2008 2:56 PM

I don't think there is an obvious theme to this concert series, whether it be 'soft rock', 'oldies' or otherwise. Sure, Brian Wilson can be appreciated by Michael Bolton fans, no doubt. But you're misinformed if you feel it takes scrounging bins of out-of-print vinyl to discover that The Beach Boys were much much more than the mickey mouse surf band that many take them to be. And I guess if takes being an Elephant 6 hipster to understand this, then sign me up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 3:25 PM

The "theme" is really to provide free concerts to a certain age group, this one being late 30's and older. That actually had to be defined in the permit for putting on these free shows, so they don't clash with other free shows.

That's why you're never really going to see Celebrate Brooklyn competing with Seaside or MLK, which is geared more towards urban audiences.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 4:18 PM

The point is, just because Brian Wilson has some cache for being a genuine artist that appeals to underground rock fans, he's still an oldies act. You think Pet Sounds when you hear the name, but there is an appeal to baby boomers of a different sort. In that vain, Brian Wilson makes perfect sense alongside Liza and Smokey.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 4:31 PM

cachet, not cache
vein, not vain

Posted by Bartleby | June 23, 2008 4:40 PM

At one time forty some years ago they were one in the same, however at this point there is a big difference between Brian Wilson and The Beach boys in terms of live acts. Mike Love's road show (as The Beach Boys) is almost the definition of an oldies act, while Brian WIlson, while performing many of the same songs, is something different..

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 4:46 PM

The line ups on these seaside shows are usually all over the map. The fact that Brian Wilson is one week after Michael Bolton is meaningless. Brian WIlson has as much to do with Michael Bolton as The B-52's have with Liza Minnelli, or anyone on the bill has to do with Salsa by The Sea.

The lineup is uaually pretty eclectic. The only thing for sure is that for the most part there are big names.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 4:53 PM

Jeez some of you must really struggle when you try to make sense out of the Summerstage and River to River lineups.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:39 PM

bartleby, this is the internet. get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:56 PM

11:56 -- This is the english language. Get a fucking education.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 12:02 AM

Brian Wilson once shitted on Johnny Cash on the Charlie Rose show, after Cash died! So fuck him and fuck LSD.

Posted by J.C, | June 24, 2008 1:12 AM

The "theme" is actually a mix on purpose. They try do do something for everybody throughout the summer: Oldies, 50's, Soft Rock, Clasic Rock, Salsa, etc. I Am just confused as to which act is supposed to be this year's disco night, not that I'll miss it.

Posted by Kenny | June 24, 2008 8:26 PM

Brian Wilson is a musical genius - equal to, or better, than any rock artist in our time. His groundbreaking work has been performed and recorded numerous other artists, including jazz musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We are extremely fortunate that he is still making music, and has a new album coming out shortly.

Posted by Bill Smith | July 2, 2008 10:59 AM

but we're all going to see Huey M-F'n Lewis and the News, right?!?!

Posted by Sherm | July 17, 2008 1:49 PM

I'm going to the Brian Wilson show tonight. I hope he plays a lot of Pet Sounds & Smile.

Posted by Johnny Music | July 17, 2008 3:23 PM

Here is a
Nice Photo of Brian Willson on Stage in Coney Island

Posted by Richard Brill | July 18, 2008 4:56 AM

THE BEST SHOW EVER AT SEASIDE; and I have been going almost 20


Posted by richie | July 18, 2008 6:33 PM

mystery guest for the 31st is Peter Frampton

Posted by SCS | July 27, 2008 10:36 PM

i want you-oo-oo
to blow me someday

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2008 11:27 PM

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