A lot has changed during the 28 years since James Watt, President Reagan’s secretary of the interior, made headlines by forbidding the Beach Boys to perform at the National Mall on the Fourth of July because they attracted an “undesirable element.”

Now rappers get invited to the White House—and the Beach Boys headline concerts to raise funds for the Terry Schiavo Life and Hope Network.

The 2011 version of the annual Terry Schiavo Life & Hope Concert took place on June 12 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio. A near capacity crowd of 4,000 paid $35 per ticket to hear not only the Beach Boys but also the uproarious stand-up comedy of the “Master of Ceremonies” Jim Labriola (best remembered for his recurring role as “Benny Baroni” on Home Improvement) and the gregarious showmanship of the Lettermen, the popular 1960s vocal group (“When I Fall in Love,” “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”) currently led by founding member Tony Butala and his frequent fellow Lettermen for the last 25 years, Donovan Tea and Mark Preston.

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