Unexpected Surfer Boys ride the wave of Beach Boys, Broadway

The Unexpected Surfer Boys
Posted: Apr. 19, 2014 2:36 pm Updated: May. 10, 2014 6:56 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Mike Marx said the first time he saw film of the Unexpected Surfer Boys, he knew they would be a perfect fit on the Hannibal Concert Association schedule.

"We had them here last year, and everyone loved them," Marx, the organization's president, said. "We had a lot of requests to have them back again -- so we are."

The Unexpected Surfer Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the Roland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University.

The Unexpected Surfer Boys provide a unique twist to their performance, combining a tribute to the Beach Boys' west-coast surfer sound of the 1960s and Broadway.

The first half of their show features such hits as "Help Me, Rhonda," "Barbara Ann," "Sloop John B" and "Good Vibrations." The second half features music from such Broadway musicals as "Jersey Boys," "Les Miserables," "Footloose" and "Grease."

A year ago, the group was known simply as the Unexpected Boys and tied together the music of Franke Valli and the Four Seasons with Broadway.

"The Boys" were formed in 2007, and along with playing venues like Hannibal, they have toured with such celebrities as Diana Ross, Chubby Checker and Dionne Warwick.

"This is the kind of music our crowd likes," Marx said. "We cater to the baby boomer generation, and music from the 1950s and 1960s is very popular."

The Unexpected Surfer Boys are the fourth of five acts that make up the 2013-14 HCA season. The final act will be at 7:30 p.m. May 9 when Kelly V. Smith brings the music of Cher and Shania Twain to the Roland Fine Arts Center.

Earlier HCA performances were provided by the Brothers Four (September), original Moody Blues member Denny Laine (October) and pianist Charlei Albright (February).



When: April 29

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Where: Roland Fine Arts Center, Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students. Prices are for those without season tickets.

Information: Mike Marx, 217-242-2505 or

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