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Thank you so much Tuck! I gotta give him extra props because a lot of folks only post photos on FB and never post links back here. Worship

I'll be going through these and other sets looking for photo of the day candidates. If you have any favorites please let me know or send them to me.

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"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

Tuck wrote:

Pictures of SG101 2014 and associated events.

Wednesday 2014-08-06, Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara

Kelp!
Threesome
Kilaueas

Thursday 2014-08-07, Larry's Beach Club, Oceanside

The Orbitrons
The Supertones

Friday 2014-08-08, The Barkley, South Pasadena

Frankie & the Pool Boys
The Surf Coasters
Casino 66

Saturday 2014-08-09, The Convention, The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos

General
Presentations to the Big Tiki Dude
Presentation to Danny Snyder
Jam Session
PJ & Friends
Atlantics Tribute
The Surf Kings
The Supertones
Frankie & the Pool Boys
The Boss Martians
The Kilaueas
Threesome
The Surf Coasters
Slacktone

After Party at The Pike, Los Alamitos

Dynotones and El Caminos

Sunday 2014-08-10, The Pier Show, Huntington Beach

Atlantics Tribute
The El Caminos
Threesome
The Supertones
Frankie & the Pool Boys
The Surf Coasters
The Kilaueas

Pier Concert After Party, Don's, Seal Beach

Monday 2014-08-11, Old Towne Tavern, Pasadena

Threesome & the Kilaueas

Thanks Tuck!!!!

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Toward the end there were moments when I feared I'd never finish. Some friends told me last night that there were moments when they felt the same. But finally ... And now I only have 30 or so videos to look at.

John, thank you VERY MUCH for all the photos, for taking them, processing them, and posting them on FB and here. I'm sure that all took a LONG time. I greatly enjoyed them, they're very good!

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Tuck,
You are doing the lords work sir!
Wink

Jeff(bigtikidude)

So as usual after attending a SG101 convention I am on cloud nine for the first week or two after returning home but then I dive into a deep depression and get buried in real life stuff after that. So I'm afraid I can't continue on with detailed reports now that we are 3 weeks after the fact. I'll just hit some general thoughts and impressions for the day of the convention and Sunday.

Brian's trip report part 5: SG101 Convention!!!! (Saturday)

Upon entering the Starting Gate in the morning I can already tell attendance is going to be higher this year. There were so many people there from the start it was very encouraging.

The member's jam is always very fun. Carol did the cat herding again this year and she did a great job. Perhaps some day I'll start playing the guitar again so I can participate. I particularly enjoyed hearing Siboney played by my old midwest surf band pals Steve and Phil from the Cocktail Preachers teamed up with Duff on drums and Carol on guitar. Phil now lives in Las Vegas so it was great seeing the CP's core team in action again together. It was also really great to hear Laika & The Cosmonauts' "Spyda's Web". Great song and not one you hear every day.

The Atlantics tribute was indeed amazing and I was so proud to see the guys perform so well for everyone after I had gotten to see sneak previews from their rehearsals. The tribute really reminded you how incredibly amazing, unique, and ahead of their time the Atlantics really were. I got goose bumps during the opening of War of The Worlds. The middle part where the lead guitar comes in after the bombs and birds always gets me right in the gut too. What an amazing song, and it really is so incredible to hear and see it performed in front of your eyes (along with the other amazing Atlantics songs). I never would have guessed I would ever hear live renditions of some of those songs.

At this point Jeff had me help present Danny his certificate and the surprise guitar. Once again thanks to Paul Wayne for making that truly generous gift possible. See Danny's Guitar Thread for a pseudo-transcript of what I said on the stage. Danny has been a big friend to SG101 and to me personally so I was quite honored to be involved. I'm so glad we surprised Danny so well with this. After that I went back to the vendor room to talk to Danny and I remember him grabbing me and saying "YOU FUCKER!!!". So ha-ha, Jeff and Paul, you guys did good!

Paul Johnson was doing his set next with original PJ & The Galaxies member Steve Pugh on bass, the amazing Matt Quilter on 2nd guitar, and Duff on drums. I'm not sure these guys even had a complete band practice but they sounded amazing. I could listen to Paul Johnson play for hours. I remember telling Rick Selby that I would fly out to California just to see Paul Johnson play Mr. Moto, it doesn't get any better than that!

Okay so now it starts getting hazy. So many people to talk to, so many friendly faces, and so much great music. I have to say personally that I feel quite isolated from a lot of you being in Iowa. But by now, after my 6th convention, it is like walking into a family reunion (the family you actually want to see!). You guys really make me feel welcome and you all are so cool.

Anyway I remember The Surf Kings blasting Out of Control by the Crossfires and me smiling a lot. I remember the Super Tones taking the stage and I couldn't help think to myself "If a band came from New York how could they not look more like they came from New York" Big Grin So good to see Tim Sullivan rip it up and wow his bass player Simon Chardiet is amazing! So much New York attitude!

It was great to finally see a full set by Threesome and they really blew everyone away. Jonpaul did a fantastic job and I can't imagine how he learned all those songs for both Threesome and The Atlantics (and didn't he play with the Insects the night before)! Threesome's music is not, I imagine, easy to fake. The songs have lots of stops and starts and crazy fast parts, so again kudos to Jonpaul. Of course it was great seeing Uros and Jovanna play as well. I was just transfixed watching Jovanna beat the hell out of the drum kit. I think they really blew a lot of people away judging by the wave of people who hit the Double Crown merch table after their set.

Frankie & The Pool Boys did another great set. They had really hit their stride and I think performed even better than the previous night in Pasadena. I was quite distracted at this point however as I was given the Macbook we were going to present to Jeff and I was trying to hide it in one of the t-shirts I bought and look nonchalant. My cover was almost blown when Jeff came up to me and told me to follow him back stage to talk. Oops!!! I quickly handed the t-shirt wrapped laptop to Ivan and Jeff wasn't the wiser. Phew. Frankie & crew played the same set from the previous night (as Ferenc explained they didn't have time to re-learn a lot of songs with Dusty) but I was not complaining. Again, I loved the cover of Moment of Truth. The real star of the set though is the songs. Ferenc can sure write 'em!!

After the Frankie set we did the surprise for Jeff. Kristena and I were supposed to prevent Jeff from getting on the mic so Ferenc and Lorenzo could start the surprise. However you can't stop the Bigtikidude once he is in motion and Kristena had to interrupt him on the mic. This was a tremendous thrill for me and Jeff really deserves the outpouring of love and respect from everyone in this little community. You can watch what happened on video, thanks for capturing it DaveF. So cool! And Ferenc really put it over the top with the giant novelty airline ticket. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

It gets hazy again here as I was high from the whole Jeff thing but I remember the Kilaueas getting on stage and just killing it. Ralf was climbing over chairs, flopping on the ground, and just in general hamming it up. The new Kilaueas tracks are soooo good! And once again we got to hear The Fathom's Getaway Car. Just an amazing trad surf performance.

I can't quite remember if the Boss Martians or the Surf Coasters were next, so I'll just start with the Surf Coasters. Everyone was anticipating this set and wow did they deliver. I was standing in front along with a big group of folks and I just remember getting blasted by the big performance by the band. I was standing near the center but primarily in front of Morley. So yes, as Ferenc noted, Morley is quite the guitar monster himself, I was following along as he doubled Shigeo's insane playing on Bumblebee. The crowd just ate them up. I remember Ferenc coming up to play a song with them. And also Ruiko (sp?) from the Whys had flown out just to see the band and played Black Sand Beach with them. Beach Monster had everyone laughing and cheering. Intruder almost tore the roof off. Everyone was high fiving the band and screaming for more when it was all over. WOW WOW WOW. I have to say though whenever I think of that set I see Kozui's smiling and just BEAMING face from behind the drum kit.

Okay onto the Boss Martians. I was really anticipating this set as they are one of my favorite 90's bands and I had never gotten to see them, and never thought I would EVER see them (in surf mode at least). (Thank you again Jeff!). I don't know how to even describe what I saw. My mouth just fell open and I was just stunned their entire set. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Evan is just a phenomenal and effortless guitarist. Not only that, but he has incredible stage charisma and showmanship. He's up there with Dick Dale in that regard. His younger brother was playing bass and backup vocals and he was also just INCREDIBLE. And the drummer! Wow, what happened! My mind was really blown by this band and performance. They immediately got everyone up in front of the stage and dancing. I remember watching Norm go crazy and pogo-ing in front. Good times! Anyway, I eagerly await the videos from this performance, I can't wait to relive it. I truly hope they perform in this surf mode a few more times and maybe even do a tour.

Finally Slacktone was the last band. I was actually wondering what the guys were thinking, having to follow the Surf Coasters and Boss Martians. I have been fortunate enough to see Slacktone a few times despite living so far away, and I'm sure many of the locals in the room have seen them dozens of times. But WOW, these guys just stepped up and OWNED the place. I stood right in front of Dave and I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. Dusty especially was just going nuts, pulling out all the stops, it was absolutely insane. And this was despite the fact I believe he was still recovering form his motorcycle accident and was due for surgery soon. Steve Ryan's playing was also quite remarkably solid and in the pocket. Dave weaved this incredible music all around me it was quite hypnotic. This was the first time I had heard the spy medley and I really dug it. But of course the highlights were the Slacktone originals brought to life in front of me by these three amazing musicians. I was already blown away by the previous bands and this was almost too much. I have to say I had a few tears well up at some points. The crowd was equally blown away and I remember seeing a lot of very happy people around me. It was truly an amazing way to end an amazing day.

And then, as always, the bottom drops out. Jeff gets up and says a few closing words and announcements, and then the Starting Gate staff cranks some wildly inappropriate song to clear their establishment of the surf nerds. This year I think it was Tone Loc's Wild Thang. Yikes. I immediately felt sad it was over and actually a lot of disbelief that I had witnessed it all.

So it can't be said enough that Jeff rules the universe for putting on yet another amazing convention, quite possibly the best and most attended so far. I don't know how he does it or how it can possibly continue to get better every year (because even the first one was unbelievably amazing and worthy of legend) but it does. Thanks also to everyone helping Jeff: Maxx's mom and Marie for helping with the door, Kristena's daughter and Ran's daughters helped with the raffle tickets, Carol with the jam, The Quilter brothers for the sound and some loaner amps, Dusty for the drum kit, and Ran for doing so much with the amps, guitars, and sound. What a guy!!!

Even now I really can't describe what I saw and felt that day, I only scratched the surface. Even now I am still processing it all and I still smile widly when I think of some random event. I think Jonpaul summed it up quite nicely in his writeup a few posts back.

Anyway, again, thank you Mr. Bigtikidude, sir, for the memory of a lifetime. Worship

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"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

brian said "Anyway, again, thank you Mr. Bigtikidude, sir, for the memory of a lifetime. Worship "

seven memories of a life time for me now.......thanks

www.surfintheeye.com

Fantastic, Brian, thank you for that!! Thumbs Up

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Wow, what a great report Brian! Thanks again for bringing back these memories, it seems so far away now. Hoping to see you sooner rather than later Smile

Ran

The best two weeks of 2014 for me, already missing the sunny California and all the cool people that I met, hope to see you all next year.
And it is true ... keeps getting better every year!

Thanks to Jeff (for his effort to make this happen and hospitality) and all the people involved in the pre and post shows, also thanks to Marie for the Hollywood tour.

If you are reading this and thinking of making it the next year ... stop thinking and get your airplane tickets now, you won't regret having trouble with your wife or boss. Big Grin

When you have to shoot ... shoot! Don't talk.
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You guys are getting me all choked up again.
Thanks for the kind words, it really does mean
The world to me.
I just hope that the convention means as much to others that don't
Do big long reviews.
You guys that do, write those truly "get it"
All I ask is that you help spread the word,
And help me get more people to come enjoy it in the following years.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Atlantics Tribute at the Pier

Thanks very much, Dave, really appreciate this! (Hopefully you can also upload Shark Attack from the Pier at some point so we can see our Fearless Leader (Brian) ringing the s#!+ out of that bell! Smile )

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Watching these videos I'm pretty surprised that there hasn't been more said about Danny's playing in the Atlantics tribute. I personally think he did an AMAZING job! How many guitarists out there can play those super-fast strumming rhythms? And how many can play them for almost half an hour straight??? NOT MANY! Folks, this is really, really difficult. I really just want to highlight his epic performance here - everybody in the band had a big task with these songs, but Danny's was possibly the most demanding - and he pulled it off like he's been doing it all his life. Simply astounding. You RULE, Danny!! Worship

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

This videos are so great, thanks DaveF! The 3 rhythm section guys are all madmen and Ivan you sound great.

War of the Worlds! Epic!

Has Jim Skiathis seen these and commented on them yet Ivan?

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"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

Last edited: Aug 30, 2014 23:06:36

IvanP wrote:

I really just want to highlight his epic performance here - everybody in the band had a big task with these songs, but Danny's was possibly the most demanding - and he pulled it off like he's been doing it all his life. Simply astounding. You RULE, Danny!! Worship

Just getting back and watching these with a (now cold) cup of coffee. I have to agree. I couldn't take my eyes off Danny - that is SOOOOOOO tough. He must get up and do PT every morning just for that! (Pretty snappy lookin' guitar too!) Wink

Danny is RizumuKaiju

Wes
SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

Last edited: Aug 31, 2014 09:12:56

Danny,
If I had a right hand that fast,
Oh nevermind.....

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Atlantics Tribute "Shark Attack".
All Atlantics HB Pier videos are now on the play list:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFkr45PmQdHI5XPDh51M6p-Q1Ts13NuoG

IvanP wrote:

Watching these videos I'm pretty surprised that there hasn't been more said about Danny's playing in the Atlantics tribute. I personally think he did an AMAZING job! How many guitarists out there can play those super-fast strumming rhythms? And how many can play them for almost half an hour straight??? NOT MANY! Folks, this is really, really difficult. I really just want to highlight his epic performance here - everybody in the band had a big task with these songs, but Danny's was possibly the most demanding - and he pulled it off like he's been doing it all his life. Simply astounding. You RULE, Danny!! Worship

Thanks Ivan! I couldn't have pulled it off without the inspiration you've given me. I echo all the comments about Jonpaul and Dane, a damn privilege to play with those guys.

Danny Snyder

Latest project - Now That's What I Call SURF

Dave - Thank you SO MUCH for posting all of these amazing videos, here and on YouTube. I spent several hours last night watching them - such great video quality and sound! It's great to be able to see all of the bands that played the SG101 Convention again!

Sean
Double Crown Records
www.doublecrownrecords.com


Surf CD's / Vinyl / Fanzines / DVD's
Blackball Bandits - The Cursed Island CD
The Routes - Shake Five CD
Frankie & The Pool Boys - The Wet Season CD
Continental Magazine - Issue #31 w/25 Song CD

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