Family Arena to Serve Up Hilarious Buffet of Beach Boy Puns for Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds Tour

brian_wilson_7314673472_tall_Family Arena to Serve Up Hilarious Buffet of Beach Boy Puns for Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds Tour
Posted By Jaime Lees
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Brian Wilson will perform at Family Arena on Thursday, July 21. Get your fill of food puns in advance of the show.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is one of the greatest living songwriters and the undisputed emperor of pop music. He has no contemporaries. No other single person has contributed more to the landscape of modern Western music. His work was so impressive and revered that even the Beatles had to scramble to keep up.

As a composer, his gifts cannot be beaten. His talents are so vast and his songs are such a part of our collective history that he can get away with touring on material he released 50 years ago and his fans still rejoice. Not many performers could pull that off, but other performers didn’t write Pet Sounds.

Fans in St. Louis have been counting the days until Wilson arrives to perform on July 21 at the Family Arena. He’ll perform Pet Sounds along with “rare cuts and greatest hits.” With him will be his insanely talented band and fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine. (And, thankfully, not one minute of stage time for that friend-of-Trump human vampire tick, Mike Love.)

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It will probably be near-religious in its scope. Lightning will flash. Proposals will be made. Babies will be conceived. Socks will find their match. Followers will fall to their knees. The sky will rain rose petals on the believers.

Which makes it all the more hilarious that the Family Arena is offering a Brian Wilson-themed buffet before the show, with the food named as ridiculous Beach Boys-themed puns.

Brian Wilson menu
Brian Wilson menu

“Warmth of the Bun.” “Good Libations.” Though Wilson is regarded as Pop Jesus, he still loves a good joke, so he’d probably approve. We definitely approve. Check out the details on the $40/person meal below. You can have pun, pun, pun ’til the waiter takes the food troughs away. (Sorry.)

Brian Wilson will be performing on Thursday, July 21 at The Family Arena. We’d like to offer you a special opportunity to dine beforehand in The Arena Club (located on the fourth floor). That evening The Arena Club will feature a special Brian Wilson-themed buffet prepared by our own in-house chef. The menu will feature a full area of food including soup, salad, sides, two entrees to choose from plus a decadent dessert table.

Buffet ticket-holders will be granted early access to the venue. It’s a great way to avoid the rush of pre-show traffic and the uncertainty of trying to time your restaurant dining so as not to be late for the show. Instead of dealing with the hustle & bustle you’ll arrive before the crowd and dine leisurely during the 90-minutes before showtime. Soda and iced tea are complimentary. A cash bar will be available.

Click here to purchase tickets to the show.
Click here for a better view of the menu.
Click here to purchase tickets to the dinner.
Click here if you hate Mike Love.

–  link: Riverfront Times

Songs for the First Day of Summer

photo by Todd Owyoung

Songs for the First Day of Summer
By Jaime Lees
Wed., Jun. 20 2012 at 12:09 PM

Ah, summer in St. Louis. A time for tank tops, sunscreen, cold beers sweating in koozies, frying at music festivals, hooking up with randoms, slapping mosquitoes, listening to a member of the Buck family narrate and — if you’re lucky — not dodging too many stray bullets.

Today is the first official day of summer, so we thought we’d celebrate one of the best music-listening seasons by sharing some must-rock summer jams. There are tons of options to choose from: It’s a season for blossoming, for growth, for partying, for enduring and hopefully, for a little fun break in your busy life.

Yes, there is a song out there for every feeling, situation and time, but so many good ones center around this hot, sexy middle season. There’s a summer song for you if you’re feeling romantical. There’s a summer song for you if you’re feeling nostalgic. There’s a summer song for you if you’re finally finished with school. There’s a summer song for you if you’re cheesy. There’s even a summer song for you if you suck.

My favorite summer song is the Breeders’ “Saints” off of the classic ’90s album Last Splash. It’s a dead obvious choice, with lyrics about crowds, fairs, hot metal and the repeating line “summer is ready when you are.” In fact, the whole Last Splash album just sounds like summer, with its surf leanings (“Flipside”), hit sing-a-longs (“Cannonball”) and songs custom built to listen to while cruising with your hand out the window and your palm open to the breeze (“Drivin’ on 9”).

Our hometown hero, Nelly, has given us not one, but two instant summer jams. First came “Country Grammar.” Summer in the Lou cannot start without giving this mega-hit a spin, especially with all the nods to familiar scenes and locations in the video. Then, a couple of years after “Country Grammar,” our golden boy gave us “Hot in Herre,” which is both a club hit and a phrase that is repeated for months ’round these parts, given the hairstyle-ruining humidity.

Any list of timeless summer songs should include a song by the Beach Boys, whose occasionally mercurial front man Brian Wilson turns 70 today. Almost any early song by the Boys works, really. The band’s whole image was designed around those guys being the ultimate groovy summer ambassadors, with their songwriting centered around California, surfing, cool cars and tan girls in bikinis. Of course, any Beach Boys fan can tell you that the talent and focus of the band goes deeper than their sandals and Hawaiian shirts, and the members eventually became some of the most revered musicians in pop music history. Still, let’s take a minute to honor one of the best songs ever written, the twinkling opener to Pet Sounds.

What are some of your favorite summer songs? What song do you queue up to listen to with the windows down? Do you have a set soundtrack to nights drinking on your porch, walking your dog around Forest Park, driving down to the Cardinals game or getting (un)dressed to go sweat it out on the dance floor? Let’s share. Post your favorites in the comments.