‘GOOD VIBRATIONS’: Walton residents remember Beach Boys concert

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Seeing the Beach Boys perform live on the beach at Sandestin in August 1982 was a memorable experience for 19-year-old Joyce Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Joyce Sunday | Special to The Sun
Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 06:29 PM.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in an Aug 2012 edition of The Walton Sun. With an announcment that the Beach Boys maybe playing a Memorial Day concert in Gulf Place, The Sun is sharing the story again. 

Thirty years ago this week, South Walton saw its first major rock concert when the Beach Boys performed on the beach at Sandestin. It was the band's first time to perform on a beach in two years.

Susan Lucas was here at the time and remembers the performance and it being very hot, but for some reason, she didn't go.

"I always regretted not going," she said.

However, a 19-year-old Joyce Sunday was there on Aug. 21.

"I was just out of high school. At that time, Seaside didn't have much and Sandestin was just getting started, so my social life consisted of going to my parents' store and church. Seeing the Beach Boys was the biggest event of my life at that time. I had been to concerts, but this was the first time one had been held here," the Point Washington resident said.

Sunday remembers parking on the Bay side at the new resort and being shuttled over to the beach where she paid maybe $20 to get in.

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