The B-52s are living proof that sodium bloat and poor chopstick skills are not the only things that come from Chinese restaurants. The band formed in 1976 at such an establishment in Athens, Georgia, and named itself after the Southern slang term for exaggerated bouffant hairdos. The group played its first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day and has been pumping out its unique brand of party-ready, funkified, surf-inspired pop music to a broad spectrum of fans ever since. The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall will soon become the band’s latest landing strip when they touch down Sunday.
Fans can expect to hear the chart-topping hits that made the B-52s a household name, including “Roam,” “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho,” “Deadbeat Club,” and of course the ubiquitous party anthem “Love Shack,” played in the band’s inimitable style, which frontman Fred Schneider characterizes as “a combination of rock ’n’ roll, funk, and Fellini, and game show host, and corn, and mysticism.” Also in the mix will be tracks from their 2008 album, Funplex.
Sun., Feb. 12, 8 p.m., 2012