Mike Amaral chuckled when asked about the time he discovered he could sing like Mike Love, the lead singer of the Beach Boys. While he doesn’t know if he can, there have been many people who have told him so. But the one thing that is for sure is he has always been a fan of the Beach Boys’ music.
“I’ve always loved the music since I was young boy, and I know the words to the songs,” Amaral said in an over-the-phone interview with usedview.com. “I wanted to keep that case second nature in learning all the songs.”
Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys will be performing at the Paradise Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 15. The doors will open at 5:30, and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and can be purchased at the Paradise Grocery Outlet; PostNet; Izzy’s Burger Spa; and Wilson Printing. In Magalia, they can be purchased at Jaki’s Hilltop Cafe and in Chico at Grocery Outlet or Music Connection. Tickets can also be purchased at starbrightshows.com.
But before you have “Fun, Fun, Fun” with the Beach Boys tribute show, there is another show taking place at the Paradise Performing Arts Center that works well as a correlation with the concert. The 17th Annual Crusin’ Paradise Car Show, presented by the Cruisin’ Classics of Paradise, will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“What a day and evening it promises to be,” John Zurflueh of Starbright Entertainment said in an e-mail.
Amaral and the California Beach Boys were well-received the last time they played in town, Zurflueh said. Once he heard about the car show, he figured it would be a good fit for the concert.
“The Beach Boys music and cars just go together and I’m not sure there is any more fun music to listen to,” Zurflueh said.
There will be plenty of games, food, and, of course, classic cars to check out. Be sure to visit the Cruisn’ Classics of Paradise website for more information. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the car show, too.
When forming the Beach Boys tribute band, Amaral said that the hardest part was “getting together the rest of the members.”
“Because most musicians don’t want to take on the task of doing that sort of thing, because there are a lot of hours that go into the actual learning the songs at the right parts, and that’s why the first thing was – not only did I want to sing it – I had to find a complete and strong group of singers that wanted to support the whole endeavor,” Amaral said.
The harmony of The Beach Boys is much different than that of other bands, which is why there are so few tributes for the surf rock group, Amaral said. And those who say they pay tribute to The Beach Boys “don’t do all Beach Boys, because it takes a lot of hard work.” But Amaral and his team put a lot of time into preparing for a show that is “all Beach Boys,” as well as some “Jan and Dean tunes.”
“We practice for once a week and two to three hours of rehearsal and go over all the charts,” Amaral said. “Everybody’s vocal part is mapped out, and it’s really critical. If one person is off, there’s a natural tendency to find the part where you can’t do that. In The Beach Boys’ harmony, if one person is off, then everybody is off.”
Often referred to as “America’s band,” Amaral said he never felt any pressure when first performing in front of a crowd, and he is happy with where his band is today.
“I just felt we did a good job and we accomplished what our goal was, and that was to try to replicate the Beach Boys sound and music, then we would be accepted,” Amaral said. “Our popularity has gone up like I can’t believe in the last couple years. It’s unbelievable, and the fans we have, man, it’s unbelievable.
The original Beach Boys are known for almost being a family affair, with Brian Wilson and his brothers, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and a close friend, Al Jardine, as members. In Amaral’s band, it’s him and his two cousins, and then two close friends of his. But it wasn’t his intention to keep the familial aspect of the band, when he formed his band, he said.
“It just happened to work that way,” Amaral said.
Amaral and his crew have developed a method of going from one song to the next without any wait period, he said.
“It’s just constant music,” he said.
Several tribute shows have included historical aspects of the band, the songs performed, or both, but Amaral doesn’t feel it necessary to do that for his show, he said.
“Most of the people go to a Beach Boys show to hear the music,” Amaral said. “They don’t care about its history; they just want to hear ‘Good Vibrations.’ We just go one song after another. Once it starts moving, it’s like a machine that continually runs and you don’t want to stop the energy from moving. Beach Boys is all about energy.”