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Beach Boys, Keller Williams slated to play Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

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The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre has announced two big additions to their 2017-2018 schedule.

Led by original vocalist Mike Love, the Beach Boys will grace the Kirby stage on their 50th anniversary tour. The famous pop-rock group will perform at 7 p.m. March 24 at the downtown theater, 71 Public Square.

Love wrote the Beach Boys’ first hit single, “Surfin,” and shares writing credit with cousin Brian Wilson on “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “Good Vibrations.”

The current ensemble also features Beach Boys veteran and Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston on keyboards and vocals.

Tickets range in price from $45 to $75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday through the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org and by phone at 570-826-1100.

Another acclaimed musician and songwriter, Keller Williams, will perform live from the Chandelier Lobby at 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

With his distinctive guitar style, Williams has put his stamp on bluegrass and gospel projects, and, in his solo work, has developed a fusion of alternative folk and electronica he’s dubbed “acoustic dance music” or ADM.

In a press release from the Kirby Center, Williams is quoted as saying, “I couldn’t afford humans and didn’t want to step into the cheesy world of automated sequencers where you hit a button and the whole band starts to play, then you’ve got to solo along or sing on top of it. I wanted something more organic yet with a dance groove that I could create myself.”

Tickets for Williams’ performance cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the same outlets.

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Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or on Twitter @TimesLeaderMatt.

Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or on Twitter @TimesLeaderMatt.