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John Stamos to join Beach Boys for River's Edge Park performance
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


John Stamos may be known for his eight seasons as Uncle Jesse on “Full House,” but his talent extends beyond family-friendly sitcom jokes.

Stamos is an actor with lots of recent credits as well as a musician versed in several instruments, including guitar, percussion and keyboards.

On May 25, he'll show off those talents in Council Bluffs with The Beach Boys.

No, Jesse & the Rippers (Stamos' fictional “Full House” band) aren't coming to town. Stamos will perform in The Beach Boys's band during its performance at 7 p.m. on May 25 at River's Edge Park. The concert is part of Loess Fest, a series of free events to celebrate the opening of the park.

The Beach Boys have included Stamos in their performances since the early '80s — before he was famous as Uncle Jesse. After his success as an actor, the group has continued to invite him to perform.

In case you're wondering what Stamos has been up to since “Full House” (we certainly did), we present a look at his recent resume as well as a couple Beach Boys-related highlights.

on TV

“Full House ended in 1995, but Stamos has kept busy with TV gigs in the nearly 20 years since then.

“The New Normal” — Most recently, Stamos has appeared in five episodes as Brice, a love interest for Ellen Barkin's Jane. Unfortunately for Stamos, the show was recently canceled.

“Glee” — The singing series featured Stamos as Dr. Carl Howell. Carl is a dentist and former husband of Emma, the school's guidance counselor who has appeared in the series since its pilot episode. Stamos lasted four episodes in the show's second season.

“ER” — In the later (post-Clooney) years of the hospital drama, Stamos appeared in 65 episodes as Dr. Tony Gates, a paramedic-turned-ER doc. He stuck around through the show's series finale.

On Broadway

Since “Full House” ended, Stamos has done occasional stints in theater, including roles in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Cabaret” and “Nine.”

“The Best Man” — Stamos joined the cast last year of Gore Vidal's play about two presidential candidates in a vicious campaign.

“Bye Bye Birdie” — In the famous musical's most recent Broadway revival, Stamos starred as Albert, the agent and songwriter who manages Conrad Birdie. The New York Times said Stamos and co-star Gina Gershon “tend to slide distractingly off key — not violently, but just enough to make you want to hit your ear.”

With The Beach Boys

“Kokomo” — Stamos appeared in the video for “Kokomo,” playing steel drums and other percussion. (He can be spotted pretty clearly wearing a bright pink tank top.) Though Stamos is in the video (which was released in conjunction with the soundtrack for the Tom Cruise film “Cocktail”), he didn't actually play on the recording.

“Full House” — In the episode “Beach Boy Bingo,” the band is in town and DJ wins a contest to see them play. Of course, she has to choose only one person to go to the concert with her. Eventually — through events that could only transpire in a sitcom — The Beach Boys ends up playing “Kokomo” in the family's living room, and the family later performs onstage with the band.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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