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The Beach Boys Are Done Proud by Classic Rockers at ‘Wild Honey’ Benefit

Carney Wilson, Thomas Walsh and Rob Laufer - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Carnie Wilson, Thomas Walsh and Rob Laufer – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Carnie Wilson, Susan Cowsill, Al Jardine Rock Glendale’s Alex Theatre

By DONNA BALANCIA – The Beach Boys left their mark on music, but Wild Honey Orchestra and friends brought it to life last night.

Musicians from near and far performed a with the Wild Honey Orchestra which holds its annual charity concert. The Tribute to the Beach Boys 1967-77 was a benefit for Autism Think Tank and Childrens Music Fund.

Carnie Wilson, Al and Matt Jardine, Susan Cowsill, and a host of other well-known rockers took the stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and put on an unforgettable show.

Nick Guzman performs "I Can Hear Music" - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Nick Guzman performs “I Can Hear Music” – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Some of the most known but least performed songs were the highlight of the evening as Jardine kicked off the night with “Heroes and Villains,” and Nick Guzman followed up with “I Can Hear Music.”

It was a night of memories and “good vibrations” for those who were around or even heard tell of the late 1960s and 1970s.  Some familiar faces from TV and radio in that era were on hand to help contribute to the night of charity.

Micky Dolenz, known for his antics on the TV show “The Monkees,” and Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson on “Lost In Space” were on hand to sing some tunes.

But the women stole the show as Carney Wilson, Susan Cowsill and Carla Olson took the stage and didn’t let go.

Wilson, the daughter of Brian Wilson gregariously carried duets and wore her 1960s-style hat. Olson, founder of the Textones, sported that latest in Texas-style attire with white shirt and bolo-style tie.

Susan Cowsill singing "Sail On Sailor" at Beach Boys tribute - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Susan Cowsill singing “Sail On Sailor” at Beach Boys tribute – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

But Cowsill — yes of the famous Cowsill family — hit a high note with her emotional version of “Sail on Sailor” that had the audience singing along.

If you want to learn more about The Cowsills see East Coast Rocker’s interview with her brother, Bob Cowsill.

You can go to the web and find some old episodes of The Partridge Family, which was modeled after the famous first family of ’60s song.


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