‘Sail On’ entertains at Oktemberfest

T-R photos by Austin Chadderdon — Mike Williamson plays keys and is a vocalist for Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute. Williamson is from Georgia and is a veteran in the studio and performing across North America.

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute is a talented five piece band out of Nashville, TN. They brought the summer vibes to downtown Marshalltown as the air cooled during Oktemberfest’s first live performance of the year.

Sail On created a nostalgic environment from the start. The band came on stage to an audio recording of Brian Wilson explaining that he “plays bass and sings the high parts” as the other members announced themselves accordingly.

After kicking off with beachy tunes like, “Surfin’ USA” and “Little Surfer Girl,” bass player and vocalist Wyatt Funderburk announced they were going into some of their car songs. This being an appropriate setting as brightly colored vehicles lined Main Street for the Oktemberfest car show.

There were hundreds of local and area residents in attendance from all ages. Many older fans were singing along and cheering. Sail On gained just as many new fans from a younger generation as kids couldn’t help but get up and move.

Sail On promotes on their official website, ” We get around! At over 80 shows a year, Sail On is the most booked Beach Boys Tribute in the world!”

Matt Thompson (left) and Wyatt Funderburk sing iconic Beach Boys melodies to an excited and large crowd.

Oktemberfest attendants showed their enthusiasm to have made this year’s tour.

Live music will continue tomorrow night with The HYPE, featuring the music of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe.


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