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Beach Boys to headline 2018 Tulip Time entertainment

By Sarah Heth/The Holland Sentinel • Oct 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM

HOLLAND — The Beach Boys will be Tulip Time’s 2018 headlining act, the festival announced in a news release Wednesday.

“I think it’s going to be a riot,” said Susan Zalnis, marketing, media relations and entertainment manager for Tulip Time. “One, we know that their concerts have just been selling out everywhere. It’s important for us that they appeal to such a broad audience.”

She said the Beach Boys hit that mark well.

“You’ve got everything from kids through seniors. It’s tough to find those great acts that do have the mass appeal, but I think we’ve hit it this year,” she said. “We just thought they were a perfect choice.”

For five decades, The Beach Boys have recorded and performed music that has become the iconic soundtrack for summer. Songs such as “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ USA” continue to delight fans spanning generations.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the enduring legacy of this American band.

Note that this performance will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

The Beach Boys will perform Friday, May 11, at Central Wesleyan. Premium seating tickets are $75 per person; general seating tickets are $65 per person.

“I really think it’s going to be just a fun concert,” Zalnis said. “I think the vibe is going to be really exciting.”

Check out the rest of Tulip Time’s 2018 entertainment lineup here:

New Odyssey Dinner Show — This high-energy event adds new surprises each year. Arrangements of almost every musical style are performed by three men on 30 different musical instruments. An additional performance has been added for 2018. New Odyssey will perform at the Haworth Inn 6:30-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, May 7-12. Tickets, which include dinner, are $46 per person.

The Texas Tenors — Since their debut eight years ago on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards and accolades, and have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world. With music spanning from Bruno Mars to Puccini, The Texas Tenors share a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. The perform 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Central Wesleyan. Tickets are $32/person.

FiddleFire — This string band specializes in a variety of music including classical to driving fiddle tunes. Their instrumentation includes fiddles, guitar, string bass, mandolin, percussion and dancing feet. Fiddlefire will perform 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Beechwood Church. Tickets are $25 per person.

Liverpool Legends — Liverpool Legends are four musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison — sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. They perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. Liverpool Legends will perform 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Central Wesleyan. Tickets are $32 per person.

“Calendar Girls” — Based on the true story of 11 women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girls” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theater history. No actual nudity in this performance. Performances will be 7-9 p.m. May 5, 2-4 p.m. May 6, 7-9 p.m. May 8-12 at Holland Civic Theatre. Tickets are $23 per person.

‘The Three Faces of Steve’ — Holland Windmill Chorus wraps its barbershop harmonies around a parody of “Three Faces of Eve” — the 1957 film about a woman with multiple personalities, three separate lives and the psychiatrist who tries to cure her. A Tulip Time tradition unbroken since the 1960s, this year’s 90-minute show loosely adapts the tale to poke fun at the chorus’ director. The performance is 7-8:30 p.m. May 5 at Beechwood Church. Tickets are $23 per person.

Tulip Time Quilt Show — Enjoy a unique display of more than 100 exquisite handmade bed quilts, wall hangings and art quilts, created by local artists. The exhibit runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5, noon-3 p.m. May 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 7-11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 and noon-3 p.m. May 13 at Holland Area Arts Council. Tickets are $6 per person.

“Happily Ever Laughter” — Tulip Time and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts partner to bring you this performance that leads the viewer through the joys, trials and humor of relationships expressed through music and comedy. The performance is 7-8:30 p.m. May 7 at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets are $23 per person.

Dutch Organ Music - on a High Speed Train — Concert organist Rhonda Sider Edgington will introduce listeners to the breadth and depth of Dutch organ music. Performance is 7-8 p.m. May 6 at Hope Church. Tickets are $15 per person.

Dutch Brunch & Show — Take in a brunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional Dutch and American foods, coupled with a one-hour show. The show features Ah!Men, four West Michigan male vocalists. Ah!Men will present “The Great American Songbook,” featuring music from American icons such as Disney, Cole Porter and Jule Stein, plus a few surprises. May 8-11 at Beechwood Church. Tickets are $26 perperson.

BBOP: Come Swing with Us! — Dance the night away with swing band BBOP. BBOP plays classics by Glen Miller, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and more, all from the Big Band era. Includes complimentary treats from the appetizer buffet and a cash bar. This general admission event will take place 7-8:30 p.m. at the Holland Armory. Tickets are $28 per person.

Dazzle! A Tulip Time Talent Showcase — Talent from four area high schools bursts onto the stage to present this vibrant medley of soloists, show choir and orchestral performances, with more than 25 acts. The performance will be 8-10 p.m. at Central Wesleyan. Tickets are $15 per person.

Nights at the Knick — Tulip Time is creating an eclectic collection of performances to take place at the Knickerbocker Theatre, on Hope College’s campus in downtown Holland. The Nights at the Knick series will run May 10-12. The series kicks off with Joshua Davis, a Michigan musician who gained national acclaim as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” His grit mixes with an undeniable Midwesterner’s charm when bringing songs from his recently released album, “The Way Back Home,” to the stage. Performance is 8 p.m. May 10. Tickets are $25 per person.

Taste of Holland Lunch — Savor a unique Dutch/Hispanic three-course lunch celebrating our combined Holland heritage. Chefs will demonstrate food preparation while sharing history and recipes of each delicious course. Takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11, at Freedom Village. Cost is $20 per person.

Dutch Treat — Enjoy this hands-on cooking experience as participants are taken through the steps of making, baking and savoring the Dutch treat, Pigs in a Blanket. Take a dozen home and enjoy 3-4:30 p.m. May 7-8 at Careerline Tech Center. Cost is $40 per person.

There’s still a lot of planning going on at Tulip Time. Watch for more program announcements on the Nights at the Knick lineup, a Mother’s Day celebration, art parties and more.

The 2018 Tulip Time celebration will take place May 5-13. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time 2018 is available on tuliptime.com. Tickets for all shows go on sale Nov. 9. Tickets may be purchased online at tuliptime.com; in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office, 74 W. Eighth St. in Holland; or by phone at 800-822-2770.

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