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Permalink SURFER JOE SUMMER FESTIVAL 2024 - June 20-23 - www.surferjoefestival.com

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Hello people of the SURF!
As some of you has already noted Smile the Surfer Joe Summer Festival will be back next summer, June 22-23-24-25.
I hope you like the lineup which you can see at the official web site https://festival.surferjoemusic.com

THURSDAY 22 JUNE

ZAKO (Italy)
DAIKAIJU (USA)
DJ Set DOME LA MUERTE (Italy)

FRIDAY 23 JUNE

A-MEN (USA/Denmark)
STORIES FROM SHAMEHILL (The Netherlands)
HUMANGA DANGA (Belgium)
THE GREASY GILLS (USA)
EL ZEB (France / Belgium)
THE GUANTANAMOS (Italy)
THE MANAKOORAS (USA)
EL RAY (Denmark)
JIMMY DALE (USA)
Afterparty show THE KILAUEAS (Germany)
DJ Set MARTIN HEMMEL (Germany) + MISTY LANE (Italy)

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

SURFNADO TIKI SQUAD (Italy)
EL SANDEMAN & THE SUNDOWNS (USA)
THE STRINGS AFLAME (Mexico)
THE BABALOONEYS (Canada)
THE BRADIPOS IV (Italy)
THE SCIMITARS (USA)
SURFER JOE (Italy)
LES AGAMEMNONZ (France)
SATAN'S PILGRIMS (USA)
THE SURFARIS (USA)
Afterparty show THE GREASY GILLS (USA)
DJ Set ZOMBIERELLA (Russia) + BUDDY (Italy)

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

LES AGAMEMNONZ (France)
DR. TRITON (Mexico)
STORIES FROM SHAMEHILL (The Netherlands)
WAVE ELECTRIC (Italy)
DAVE & THE PUSSIES (Austria)
LORDS OF ATLANTIS (USA)
THE KILAUEAS (Germany)
THE VOLCANICS (USA)
MESSER CHUPS (Russia)
Afterparty show SURF JAM
DJ Set NO CLASS CREW (Italy)

Any questions: info@surferjoemusic.com
Do not wait any longer to get your VIP tickets because they are selling fast...

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Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini
(www.surfmusic.net)

Nice to see a Canadian band on the bill. Glad the festival is back.

Rev

Canadian Surf

http://www.urbansurfkings.com/

I am here!!! Will be glad to see you all in the evening)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://linktr.ee/waikikimakaki

Lost Diver

https://lostdiver.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/vitaly-yakushin

Lots of pics and videos please.

Rev

Canadian Surf

http://www.urbansurfkings.com/

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Jeff(bigtikidude)

This was EPIC!!!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://linktr.ee/waikikimakaki

Lost Diver

https://lostdiver.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/vitaly-yakushin

OK, it's about 1,5 weeks since the Surfer Joe Summer Festival ended. Maybe some of you where missing my daily photo reports, like I did in the years before Corona.
Since then times have changed and I didn't want to sit every night at a kitchen table, photoshopping, drinking a bottle of wine and going to bed at almost sunrise. I'm to old for that stuff and I got a bad shoulder injury of which I'm still recovering from.
This Surfer Joe Festival was the first time I played guitar in more than a year. But more about that later.
So how was the festival? Well the entrance fee sucked, but I know that the city of Livorno changed their regulations and demanded security, some silly laws to make money from free festivals. Well that's my opinion, and I should know since I have worked in local government over more than 30 years. Photography doesn't pay for pasta or pizza and wine nowadays;-) So I was happy to pay for a VIP ticket, although it was a big chunk out of our vacation budget.
I hope that our 'little' contribution helped to get the expences down for the Valdambrini brothers. I know they where strugling!

I wonder why I didn't shoot more video, maybe because I was to busy taking photo's, enjoying the moment and going nuts on the music... Well at least I captured some snips of my personal highlight: Lords of Atlantis! The first band is Dave & the Pussies after that two fragments of Lords of Atlantis songs.

Other highlights? Well Daijkaju gave a blistering opening show and proved they are even better with their second guitarista. Dr. Triton from Mexico was great. My old friends from Bradipos IV, El Ray and Kilaueas where even better than the last time I saw them. But this was the year of special collaborations, so an extra mention of The A-men a Danish US band that had some great songs and was a real gem to find!

And a big thanx to JonPaul, it looked like he played bass in almost every band, gave great bass clinic... and boy, was I glad he didn't show up in high heels, minidress at the Messerchups show Wink

Here are some pics I shot and a short video of Dave & the Pussies, but mostly some snippets of Lords of Atlantic...

Daijkaju!

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The A-men

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El Ray

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Humangadanga

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JonPaul's surf bass clinic

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Kilaueas (trying to imitated the legendary cover of Mudhoney's debut album SuperFuzzBigMuff)

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The brothers Valdambrini (start the Godfather theme please...)

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Bradipos IV

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The Phantom Insect Sluts from Guantanamo (jamsession, I think the last of the three songs we did was actually in tune and had some nice Dick Dale vs Thin Lizzy vibe with duo guitar solo's from Dave and me, with Niels as a young Jon Bonham and the Guantanamos bassplayer playing a funky groove on Dick Dale's ' Surf Beat'), the rest where our take on a (early) Sonic Youth tribute band.

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The Scimitars

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Dr. Triton

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The big Surfer Joe Festival family

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And last but not least: THE LORDS OF ATLANTIC
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Want to see more? Visit my website: https://www.arnyzona.com/surferjoe2023

www.alohasluts.com
Aloha Sluts on BandCamp
www.arnyzona.com (my photography)
Aloha Fest on facebook

Last edited: Jul 05, 2023 12:00:22

Thanks Arny!

Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini
(www.surfmusic.net)

Last edited: Jul 05, 2023 11:58:09

Awesome photos... Really well done!

MooreLoud.com - A tribute to Dick Dale.

Incredible work as always Arny!

Danny Snyder

"With great reverb comes great responsibility" - Uncle Leo

Playing keys and guitar with Combo Tezeta

Formerly a guitarist in The TomorrowMen and Meshugga Beach Party

Latest surf project - Now That's What I Call SURF

It's just amazing how your photographs always convey the action and power of the moment. You can almost hear the songs again! Many thanks Arny!

Patrick

Thank you Arny

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Thanks once again for sharing your amazing photos with us Arny!!

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These are predictably incredible. I always look forward to Arny's pictures! Thank you!!

It’s time to see some daily recap from the live streaming before arriving to a full video report for the whole festival weekend.

DAY 1 - June 22, 2023

Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini
(www.surfmusic.net)

Awesome!

Canadian Surf

http://www.urbansurfkings.com/

Just thought I'd share a bit of sad news from Daikaiju. Their drummer took a nasty fall a few days ago during a gig in Serbia. As some of you know, their show's highlight features the drummer getting lifted 6 feet in the air, along with his kit, while he continues to perform.

A GoFundMe has been set up for his recovery.

I was lucky enough to have seen them up close at this year's Surfer Joe Festival.

GoFundMe link
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Hi, I'm Gellert, guitarist for The Fintastics.

https://www.facebook.com/TheFintastics

Last edited: Jul 13, 2023 12:52:31

Oh man.... What a drag! I hope he has a quick and complete recovery.

Bob

For the past three times I visited the Surfer Joe Summer Festival, I wrote lengthy reports on my travels and the event itself, but this year I was sort of overwhelmed and at a loss for words first. Since most of the concerts and panels of this year are available online, I won’t go into much detail, but I have to say: Looking at these videos really only provides one with a glimpse at what is happening in Livorno. Even though the quality of the video stream was quite good, everything sounds so much better live, at the proper volume and with a bunch of people next to you who are as nuts about surf music as you are! So, in addition to what you all could see and hear on youtube, here are is a short account of my experiences.

This year was the first time that tickets were mandatory, and a few days before my departure from Berlin, I had a moment of cold sweat when I asked myself whether I had actually received a ticket. I remembered buying one and reading an order confirmation, but there was no ticket in my inbox… Luckily, a quick look at the festival site reassured that everything was in order and that I would be handed my ticket at the entrance of the festival grounds (which worked out very smoothly in the end). I had bought the VIP ticket, mostly because I wanted to see “Sound of the Surf” – and hey: what’s wrong about the ability to see extra performances for a few euros more? In the end, it was money well spend!

This year I actually missed only one band (Dr Triton), so I can confidently say that all the bands that played were great and brought something different to the table. My personal favourites were:
HUMANGA DANGA, because they incorporated great rhythmic and dynamic ideas into their songs.
GREASY GILLS, because their music was virtuoso and accessible at the same time, and they made the whole Tiki Room dance for almost two hours after a long day.
EL ZEB, because he managed to pick up the playing style (and volume) of Dick Dale but develop his own way of writing songs based on it (and also because he played the song I requested for an encore).
THE MANAKOORAS, because they made us all dance to music which was much slower and atmospheric than the rest of the festival.
THE STRINGS AFLAME, because they combined a trad sound with modern songs, which you had to dance to even though the hot Italian afternoon sun was burning down at you…
THE BABALOONEYS, because they were trad to the T (including “King of the Surf” – a song I love to hate).
THE SCIMITARS, because of their focus on rhythm and dynamics and its excellent execution.
LES AGAMEMNONZ, because they are probably the best band on the planet and I got to see them twice over the weekend (the Tiki Room set, again, was much more energetic and direct).
SATAN’S PILGRIMS, because they are still Satan’s Pilgrims.
DAVE & THE PUSSIES, because they inspired me to get a little crazy on the last evening Wink
Again, I probably could have written something nice about every band on the bill, but I have to leave something for other people to write, right?

In addition to the great music, I especially enjoyed Bob Berryhill’s account of the Surfaris’ history as well as Ron Eglit’s insights into the music of Dick Dale and. The screening of “Sound of the Surf” was great, too, and I hope that the film gets a wider audience soon. In general, I think that these panels and the movie screening are still an overlooked strength of the festival programme, not only because they are informative but also because they provide the opportunity to discuss (and potentially develop) the culture of surf music with other visitors of the festival. (I know that movie screenings are a legal nightmare, but I have one or two ideas, which might circumvent that problem and make for an interesting panel and which I will suggest for the next year, maybe.)

I think, this year may have been the most communicative edition of the festival for me, since I talked to a lot more people than before; too many actually, to name them all here. Sometimes it’s just a few sentences, sometimes you get into long exchanges about music, gear, food and all sorts of things – I’m not the most open person, but actually I enjoy most of these conversations, so thanks to all of you for spending some time with me! And, of course, many heartfelt thanks to the Valdambrini family, the Surfer Joe staff and all the performers for making this great festival possible - you're the best!

Finally, the festival always is a great opportunity to buy some records. In addition to the booth on the festival grounds, which offered records by the bands playing on the three stages, there was a booth by the Italian label Misty Lane / Teen Sound Records, which offered used records in addition to their own releases. Travelling with small luggage limited me to buying CDs, but I think that I got pretty much everything I wanted (plus three volumes of my favourite Italian comic book):
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I hope to see all of you next year! Big Grin

Los Apollos - cinematic surf music trio (Berlin)
"Postcards from the Scrapyard" Vol. 1, 2 & 3 NOW available on various platforms!
"Chaos at the Lobster Lounge" available as LP and download on Surf Cookie Records!

Last edited: Jul 17, 2023 11:01:45

Thanks for the nice write-up Simon!

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