Anointing themselves "the world's greatest party band," the B-52's established a rather high standard, but the quirkaholic Athens four-piece more than lives up to the job. Despite their rock-as-art mentality, the B-52's somehow got stuck in the mass consciousness, and now "Love Shack" is heard as much on commercial radio as at weddings and bar mitzvahs. How well their kitschy, campy, paisley-painted pop will turn on an amphitheaterful of Boca bourgeois is a mystery, but there's no doubt the band will go totally over the top in trying. Your secret weapon in doing the Rock Lobster: at least four of those giant, $8 beers.
The B-52's play at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $55 to $75 and are available from Ticketmaster. Call 561-750-1668.