It's Déjà Vu All Over Again
If you missed them last year, don't worry. The Beach Boys will
be back again this year, to kick off the nation's largest aviation
love-fest July 23–29 in Oshkosh, WI.
Thanks to Eclipse Aviation and Ford Motor Company, the eternal
boys of summer will bring their free "fun, fun, fun" encore
performance to all AirVenture guests July 23, starting at 5:30 pm
at AeroShell Square, adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar.
The hope is that that last year's heavy rain and thunder during
the performance, which attracted more than 10,000, will be just a
And in spite of the weather, "Last year's Beach Boys concert was
successful beyond all expectations," said Tom Poberezny, EAA
president and AirVenture chairman, "and we had many, many requests
from EAA members and others for another opening-day concert."
"Through the support of Eclipse and Ford, we are able to bring
the Beach Boys back in 2007 to round out an extraordinary opening
day at Oshkosh."
And for Eclipse, who has seen itself in the news perhaps more
than it wants, "Eclipse Aviation is excited to partner with the
Ford Motor Company in making this year's opening-day at EAA
AirVenture a fantastic event for everyone involved," said Eclipse
Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn.
"Last year's concert was a major highlight, and helped further
establish AirVenture as a destination for aviation enthusiasts and
their families," he added. "This year, the Beach Boys, combined
with the Eclipse and Ford sponsored Fly-In Theater will allow more
people to experience aviation in a way that only AirVenture can
present it and yet offer more entertainment for the entire
Added Poberezny, "Eclipse and Ford are bringing the Beach Boys
back to AirVenture to say thanks to EAA members for making them
welcome at Oshkosh and as part of the organization. These companies
share EAA's passion for innovation, technology, and the high
standards that are personified in EAA's unique culture, which is so
evident during AirVenture."
Like EAA AirVenture, the Beach Boys are a quintessentially
American original that has gained a devoted international following
through the past 40-plus years, nearly as long as AirVenture has
been at its Oshkosh location.
Led by co-founder Mike Love and longtime band member Bruce
Johnston, the Beach Boys are among the most recognizable performers
in music history.