When The Beach Boys held a Concert at Snow Valley
The surf was definitely up when the fabulous Beach Boys “surfed” into Snow Valley Ski Resort on September 15, 1900 when the fabulous and fun entertainers performed what was called the “Beach Boys Live in a Summer Blowout Mile-High Beach Party” concert. To say it was fabulous is an understatement.
I am so grateful that I have so many of my old newspapers (I started The Alpenhorn many, many years ago in Running Springs). That being said, here’s the story I wrote when the Beach Boys held a fabulous concert at Snow Valley on September 15, 1990. Held outside (naturally) it was spectacular and so much fun. People took blankets to put on the slopes so they weren’t sitting on the dirt and there were more beach-style blankets and towels than anyone could count. Here’s the story I wrote for the September 15 issue. Take a look back..it’s fun!
“Surf’s up on the slopes on Saturday, September 15 beginning at 8 p.m. at Snow Valley Ski Resort with the Beach Boys Live in a summer blowout “Mile High Beach Party Concert.”
Created by the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Arrowhead Summer Music Festival has experienced great success in promoting tourism within the San Bernardino Mountain areas. Beginning with the Summer Music Festival in July 1989 which featured the top country pop group Alabama and Reba McIntire, it was followed by the successful Summer Music Festival II that starred John Denver this last July the Beach Boys concert was the second in the Lake Arrowhead Summer Music Festival II series with an anticipated attendance topping 9,000.
The Beach Boys, known for their anthems to sunshine, surfing fast cars and pretty girls, and have been a part of our national culture since their first hit “Surfin.” For nearly 30 years the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” in 1961 has been topping the charts, earning them numerous prestigious awards including Rolling Stone magazine’s “Band of the Year” and most-recently the Special Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 188. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Through some personnel changes have occurred, including the permanent installation of Bruce Johnson on vocals and keyboards after the death of Dennis Wilson in 1983, the Beach Boys indomitable spirit keeps bouncing back. Their 1988 recording of “Kokomo” from the soundtrack of the Disney film “Cocktail,” was a runaway summer smash by hitting the number one spot on the pop charts.
Snow Valley Ski Resort is located just east of Running Springs off Hwy. 18. Seating for the concert is festival-style and a coat or sweater is advisable. Low sand chairs and blankets are allowed however no ice chests, picnic baskets, beverage containers, cameras or recording devices will be permitted beyond the concert gates. California law prohibits alcoholic beverages being carried into the stadium area but hot and cold refreshments, including beer, wine, mixed an soft drinks will be sold when the parking gates open at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $25 each and that including parking so catch a wave to Snow Valley on Sept. 15 for an endless summer. Mile High Beach Party with the Beach Boys and you’ll be sitting on top of the world.
JOAN : Those of us who attended this concert under the stars at Snow Valley have remembered it all these years and I’m sure we always will remember it and wish that we could have concerts there again. It was, to put it mildly an incredible venue for the outdoor concert events. Between John Denver one week followed by the Beach Boys. IT WAS FABULOUS!!
Snow Valley Ski Resort is located just east of running Springs off Hwy 18.