The 1960s are half a century old now, and as far as Matt Phairas is concerned, they haven't aged a day.
Phairas' band, Stone Soul, will play its latest monthly summer concert Friday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The eight-piece group performs classic Motown and soul hits of the Baby Boomer generation, although, judging from the audience the band usually draws, they might have been recorded this year.
"You think of all the songs available from that spectrum, and every one is a huge hit," said Phairas, who sings lead and plays tambourine. "Young kids and old people are all singing the words, because they're so prevalent in society now."
To quote the lyrics of Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," which Stone Soul performs regularly, "It doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there."
And that's the kind of communal spirit the band hopes for this week as it takes the stage by the Hyatt's outdoor pool.