Fun, fun, fun: The Beach Boys close out Elk Grove 2021 concert series

  • Original Beach Boy Mike Love and the rest of the band close out the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night outside village hall. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said some 20,000 attended Tuesday night's free concert by the Beach Boys.

    Original Beach Boy Mike Love and the rest of the band close out the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night outside village hall. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said some 20,000 attended Tuesday night's free concert by the Beach Boys. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Lead singer Mike Love stands on stage with the rest of the Beach Boys as a beach ball flies over the crowd Tuesday night at the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series.

    Lead singer Mike Love stands on stage with the rest of the Beach Boys as a beach ball flies over the crowd Tuesday night at the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said some 20,000 attended Tuesday night's free concert by the Beach Boys.

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said some 20,000 attended Tuesday night's free concert by the Beach Boys. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Founding member Mike Love and the Beach Boys close out the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics concert series Tuesday outside village hall.

    Founding member Mike Love and the Beach Boys close out the Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics concert series Tuesday outside village hall. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Fans get into the spirit of summer during Tuesday night's Beach Boys concert in Elk Grove Village.

    Fans get into the spirit of summer during Tuesday night's Beach Boys concert in Elk Grove Village. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love talks backstage before Tuesday night's show in Elk Grove Village.

    Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love talks backstage before Tuesday night's show in Elk Grove Village. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • An estimated 20,000 people attended the Beach Boys concert Tuesday night in Elk Grove Village.

    An estimated 20,000 people attended the Beach Boys concert Tuesday night in Elk Grove Village. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • The crowd waits for the start of the Beach Boys concert Tuesday night outside village hall in Elk Grove Village.

    The crowd waits for the start of the Beach Boys concert Tuesday night outside village hall in Elk Grove Village. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 7/29/2021 7:53 AM
This story has been updated to state the crowd size was 20,000, according to Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson.

It won't be long till summer time is through.

But a crowd of some 20,000 -- according to event organizers -- came to Elk Grove Village Tuesday night to hear the legendary Beach Boys play, reminding everyone they've been having fun all summer long.

 

The band, led by co-founder Mike Love, who has rights to the group name, performed many of its 1960s California surf rock classics during a two-hour free show next to village hall and the library. It was the last of four weekly July concerts in this year's Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series, which was delayed a year by the pandemic.

Some concertgoers arrived Tuesday morning to stake down a spot with lawn chairs in anticipation of the big crowd.

Mayor Craig Johnson said Wednesday the estimated attendance of 20,000 was the largest ever in the 12-year history of the local concert series. Up until now, the biggest crowd was 17,000 who saw Air Supply in 2015.

An earlier village estimate of 40,000 was reported Tuesday night.

Johnson initially grabbed headlines in March when he insisted the shows would go on this year, and then in April he added that the village wouldn't require masks or impose other restrictions amid improving COVID-19 metrics.

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