Foster The People were the opening act at The Beach Boys concert Wednesday night at Blossom Music Center. You may think that is a strange opening act for The Beach Boys. I thought the same thing until I found out a couple things. Mark Foster was a big fan of The Beach Boys when he was a kid and Mark is originally from Cleveland.
After High School Mark left Cleveland and moved in with his uncle in Los Angeles. He struggled in the music industry for a while. Mark waited tables and then landed a job as a commercial jingle writer before forming Foster The People in 2009.
On Wednesday night the band took the stage promptly at 7:30. They rolled through their CD, "Torches". Every song sounded great. My only complaint was not everyone around me seemed to be enjoying the opening act. Most fans seemed to be waiting for The Beach Boys to take the stage. The band's most popular song "Pumped Up Kicks" was the last song they performed. The band was on stage for around 40 minutes.
Mark took a few moments before leaving the stage and sincerely thanked Cleveland for their continued support. He also thanked his teachers and specifically his music teacher from first grade.
I attended the show on Wednesday mainly because I am a huge Foster The People fan but I did stay to see The Beach Boys. This is their 50th anniversary tour and I was lucky to have the opportunity to see them perform. They definitely showed their fans a good time. They played almost a 50 song setlist with an intermission. The sound was great, the weather was nice and everyone seemed to be having a fun time.
If you haven't listened to every track off of "Torches" it is definitely worth a listen.
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