Beach Boys to headline 'Starry Nights' in May


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – What better way to kick off your summer fun than with the quintessential American band, the Beach Boys? The classic band will headline the Jacksonville Symphony's Starry Nights concert at Metropolitan Park on Saturday, May 16.

Join in with lead singer Mike Love and keyboardist Bruce Johnston as the band plays all your surf music favorites in an outdoor concert.

Love was an original Beach Boy handling the lead vocals on a number of the band's mega hit tracks including "Surfin' USA," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Be True To Your School," and "I Get Around." He also co-authored lyrics to hits with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson such as "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Good Vibrations" and "California Girls."

The Beach Boys first single was released in 1961. Johnston joined the band in 1965 on live performances and became a fixture soon after.

Starry Nights at Metropolitan Park is just one of the Jacksonville Symphony's special event presentations. Guests can purchase tables, single seats or bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the atmosphere. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:15 p.m.

Lawn seating is $30 advance purchase and $35 at the gate. Lawn seating for children 12 years and under $10 each, advance purchase or at gate.

Table seating tickets cost $60 to $115. Tables of eight in Area 1 are $900 (if purchased by April 1) and include four VIP parking passes and a bottle of wine. Area 2 tables of eight are $560 and include 4 VIP parking passes. Tables of eight in Area 3 are $400.

Guests can pack their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for lawn seating. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 30. For tickets, call 904.354.5547, purchase online at JaxSymphony.org, or visit the Symphony Ticket Office at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday).

Concerts take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public.

All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges. The program, date nd artists are subject to change.

What's available:

  • Food, beer, wine, soda and bottled water are available to purchase in the park. Pre-order a picnic basket from Biscotti's by calling 904-387-2060 or purchase food in the park from local food trucks including: Bono's Bar-B-Q, Cely's, Le Petite Cheri Cupcakery, Mama's Food, Mister Softee, Rat Race Phillies, Sweeto Burrito and The Cat's Meow.

What to bring:

  • Pack your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

What not to bring:

  • Due to city ordinances, alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the park. Glass containers (such as bottles, condiment jars, and candle holders) are prohibited. Umbrellas are prohibited. Audio/visual recording equipment and personal recording devices are prohibited. All bags and coolers will be checked prior to entering the park.