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Beach Party on the Prairie: Concert features a salute to Eagles and the Beach Boys

Kahuna Beach Party Band

The Kahuna Beach Party Band will cruise down memory lane with its salute to the Beach Boys when it performs in concert as part of the  Roughrider Days Fair and Expo.

“We tell people all the time that when you leave the concert at the end of the night, you’ll feel just like you spent a fun day at the beach,” band leader Bill Francoeur said.

Promoted as “The Bakken is Rockin,’” the Roughrider show features a salute to the Beach Boys, followed by a salute to the Eagles by Hotel California and ends with vocal generations music, including top hits from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s by the Kahuna Beach Party Band.

The three-hour show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.

Guests will be going home singing “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ USA’’ as performed by the seven-man Kahuna band.

“I started the band nine years ago,” Francoeur said. “At the moment, we’re an all-boy band.”

The musicians live around the Denver, Colo., area, but hail from the east to the west coasts. Their credits include musical theater and stand-up comedy.

 “We feed off each other’s energy,” Francoeur said. “We try to bring a beach party to the people. We have people telling us all the time we’re having way too much fun.”

Whenever they promote the show, Francoeur says, “No matter how cold it is, it’s always 90 degrees on Kahuna Island.”

Hotel California

Hotel California got its start when the Eagles band broke up and Wade Hogue was missing their music.

The Eagles became famous for their rock music starting in 1971 with hits such as “Hotel California,” “Witchy Woman” and “Lyin’ Eyes.” The band disbanded in 1980 and reunited in 1994 to tour intermittently.

“I’m basically the founding father of Hotel California,” Hogue said. “Everybody in the band has been together for different amounts of time.

The musicians share a common love of the Eagles’ music.

“We love playing the music, but actually it’s a challenge — it’s not really easy to do,” Hogue said.

The Eagles’ songs appeal to audiences for various reasons.

“A particular song reminds them of what they were doing at that time, some 30 odd years ago,” Hogue said.

The band lives in various cities throughout California, but travels all year long. Prior to arriving in Dickinson, they will have appeared in Iowa and Michigan, and will head back to New York.

Hogue said their show is suited for the entire family, from kids to grandma.

The band is looking forward to reuniting with their friends from Kahuna Beach Party Band for the Dickinson performance.

“We’ll see that everybody has fun,” he said.

Roughrider Commission

Roughrider Commission member Kevin Stockert is excited to present two bands in an outdoor setting.

“In the past, we had concerns with the recreation center, so we decided to try the outdoors,” he said.

The type of music also is a change from traditional country rock.

“We’ve always had country music, so we decided to try classic rock and roll, and our agent recommended a couple of these tribute bands considered to be the best in the country.”

The audience can expect at least three hours of music and the admission is very reasonable, he said, at $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

“We’re planning to have the stage right in the arena,” he said.

Stockert has heard positive comments about the bands.

“Last year, Kahuna Beach Party Band played the State Fair,” he said. “The person I talked to said they were really good and they had all kinds of young kids there.”

People can sit on the bleachers or bring their own lawn chairs.

“Yes, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.