Get out your calendars and mark down another free concert in the park featuring a big-name group.
The Beach Boys will perform May 25 at River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs for the park's grand opening celebration.
The park is on the east side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and stretches north and south around the riverfront. The concert will kick off a series of events that run through June 8 for the park's opening.
The concert stage will sit on the riverfront and the audience will face the Missouri River and with the Omaha skyline visible behind the band.
With 1962's “Surfin' Safari,” The Beach Boys were symbols of surf rock and stars that pioneered modern pop music with their album “Pet Sounds” and songs such as “Good Vibrations.”
Original members of the band, including leader Brian Wilson, recently reformed for the album “That's Why God Made the Radio” and a subsequent tour. This concert will feature the group led by Mike Love that's been touring since the late '90s.
Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan was excited to bring the Beach Boys, he said during a Friday press conference.
“We think it brings the generations together.”
The concert, sponsored by American National Bank, is expected to be an annual event.
“We're excited to welcome the community and the area to celebrate near the river,” said Pete Tulipana, president and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation.
Hanafan emphasized that the park is important for the entire metro area, including Omaha.
“It's not us versus them,” he said.
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