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Beach Boys tribute to heat up Zumbrota

Cover band Collective Unconscious presents "Pet Sounds," a Beach Boys tribute concert.

With fans calling for a repeat performance, Collective Unconscious is bringing back its tribute “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys.

The Minnesota-based band will deliver an album concert, reproducing each “Pet Sounds” song, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23 at the State Theatre in Zumbrota.

To create an authentic experience, Collective Unconscious will bring along an 18-piece orchestra, plus guest performers.

There’s even a theremin involved – a Russian-invented electronic musical instrument played without physical contact. The instrument is used on the cover of “Good Vibrations.”

While the Beach Boys started out as a lighthearted surfer rock band, the group’s 1966 album, largely composed by Brian Wilson, was groundbreaking at the time and now is considered a classic.

“Pet Sounds” includes songs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows” and “Sloop John B.”

Unconventional instruments, experimentation and layers of vocal harmonies permeate the music.

The Beach Boys had more than 80 songs chart worldwide; 36 of them were Top 40 hits in the United States; four of those reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Collective Unconscious comprises musicians who have a history of covering nostalgic music and also creating their own.

The group’s performances over the decades included the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Déjà vu,” and Simon Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Fronted by singer-songwriters Jeff Engholm, Nathan Nesje and Muggsy Lauer, the band is joined – depending on the show – by George Maurer on keys and a multitude of area musicians, including members of the Half Steps, the Vees, the Fabulous Armadillos and more.

Tickets are $32 in advance; $35 at the door. To reserve tickets, go to, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.

At a glance ...

What: Collective Unconscious

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23

Where: Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota

Cost: $32 in advance, $35 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or