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Beach Boys tribute band bringing summertime fun

Sounds of Summer, a Beach Boys tribute band, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Strand Theatre. Thetwo-hour show will feature the Beach Boys’ greatest hits.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Four Southern Indiana performers hope to bring “fun fun fun” to the Strand Theatre this weekend.

First cousins Connor Ertel and David Ertel and a separate set of cousins, Eric Wernke and Matt Hurley, take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Strand, 215 S. Harrison St. in downtown Shelbyville, as Sounds of Summer, a Beach Boys tribute band.

The two-hour show will feature around 35 songs including the Beach Boys’ greatest hits in Sounds of Summer’s premiere performance at the local theatre. Tickets cost $20 and can be found at brownpapertickets.com. A service fee is added to the ticket price if ordered online.

The band started performing in 2015 after practicing for nine months because the members wanted to present a “fairly pristine show,” said Connor Ertel, who splits time with Hurley taking the lead on guitar and bass.

“We’ve kind of taken off from there,” Ertel said. “We’ve had some really cool experiences along the way.”

David Ertel plays the keyboard and Wernke is on drums.

While Sounds of Summer is appearing in Shelbyville for the first time, the band has played across Indiana as well as across the nation in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and South Carolina, among other states.

The band got started when a member of a different band who didn’t join Sounds of Summer recognized that people connect more with vocals than outrageous guitar solos, Connor Ertel said. That prompted the group, with a passion for the vocals and harmonization featured in the Beach Boys’ music, to come together.

“To me, it’s always been catchy,” he said. “It’s generally catchy music. I enjoy the music as a whole. It’s just really catchy, engaging, and it’s very vocal-oriented which has been our forte from the start.”

With a setlist of around 35 songs in a two-hour time frame, Ertel said they won’t spend much time talking on stage. However, he did say there may be some humor along the way and the band provides a brief history lesson of the Beech Boys throughout the show.

“This is about the music, not us,” he said.

The band has also been recording an album covering the Beach Boys’ music and anticipate releasing it early next year.

About 75 percent of it is recorded and most of the work still to be done outside of finishing the recordings is the mixing and mastering of the album.

Ertel said CDs will be sold at their concerts next year. The band has not decided if they will release it online.