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Permalink 10th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention, August 4-6,2017, (flyer added)

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I rolled in to the Alpine Village around 6:15 p.m. after traveling all day to get there. I must confess to not being particularly aware of a meet and greet that was occurring then, but I didn't see much evidence of it. I did meet some people thanks to my friend Fritz having introduced me. But, there weren't any of the performers there to speak of that I saw in a more structured event for meeting other SG101 members.

The Sun Rays -- The Sierra's Surf Band

In the past, there was usually a BBQ at my place, last year it was at Remora Bill's place. I figured since we were finally doing 2 nights at the Alpine Village, doing the meet n greet there was a no brainier.

I posted it a few times here in the thread, but not on FB,
As I wanted it to be SG101 members only. Like the Fender Tour.
But alas, people missed it.


I could still do the BBQ, although your idea of keeping things centered on Alpine Village seemed solid. Or perhaps have the que on Saturday? Whatever works best for all.

Bill S._______

HELLDIVER on Facebook

remora1 wrote:

I could still do the BBQ, although your idea of keeping things centered on Alpine Village seemed solid. Or perhaps have the que on Saturday? Whatever works best for all.

My wife Beth and I had truly enjoyed the barbecue meet at your place . Great people and great atmosphere ... Thanks for hosting that . At the close of the convention I thought I might start a "suggestion box" thread but I didn't. I see that some of these conversations are now bent in that direction. Less pressure on BTD is good, but your place was wonderful , open air and very friendly. How can one be in two places at once when they're not anywhere at all? Sorry I missed the ones at BTDs place. Over that time period there is SO much for an out of towner to do - it has been our fourth vacation centered around the SG101 Convention.

Don't Fear the Reverb ! Grateful Surf ! SURFIN' Tiki Bandits !
I can be reached through the following or at :

Thanks, Don it was an honor to host and Audrey and I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did. I'm up for helping Jeff in any way I can, whatever next year's plans turn out to be. Keep doing what you do Jeff, we are all in your debt!

Bill S._______

HELLDIVER on Facebook

Thanks Bill,
We'll talk n see.


I feel like the Convention still was this past weekend,
As I was taking amps back to Ran,
Purple orchid show sat night,
HB pier show on Sunday.

This boy needs a break, and a weekend off.

Any more reviews, pix, videos of the Show?


From FB,

Dave Arnson taking a bite of Chad Shivers foot.



Must've been during the SG101 member toe jam. Smile

Nose on the Toes

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.



You take that break BTD, you certainly deserve it!

Here's some (what turned out to be too many) thoughts on the weekend:
We got in Thursday and as per tradition got our annual injection of In-N-Out. Later we headed to the Tonga Hut (which is already a tradition in the making) where we met some great new friends (Tien, Michelle, Dave, and Gundi) and treated royally by our hostess and dearest friend Marie. I may have said this before but Tonga Hut might be my favorite tiki bar I've ever been to; the family selling tacos in the back lot certainly doesn't hurt! We got to The Barkley with plenty of time to spare. I got a little time to meet with folks and catch up. The show was great, I had never seen The Kilaueas and only listened to their records a handful of times but I'm certainly a fan now. The Huntington Cads were magical, their "Introduce the New Sounds" record is probably a top five for me so this was a big deal. They definitely didn't sound like it had been years since they had played together and I got chills several times during the set.

The drive out to Corona the next morning was actually really nice. I knew I'd enjoy the Fender tour but just not how much. Our guide seemed like he was thrown in to the position last minute but was a wealth of information, as he'd been there since the 80's. The place was labyrinthine, and I feel like we got to see a good sampling of the work that goes into building a guitar. It was also a joy to see some of the original machines and some seemed like they were still in use! All of the people we saw and met beamed with a sense of pride, one gentleman we met was in his 80s and had been there almost 50 years and he had the biggest grin and just as happy as can be! We couldn't believe the amount of work still done by hand, not just even the custom shop either. Of course we got to see Dave at work and Bruce from the Nocturnes was in my group, which only added to my personal experience. Between the factory tour and Alpine Village, I made my first, and by no means last, pilgrimage to Oceanic Arts to drool over everything that I couldn't buy (although I did ship my wife a special something). I think we got to Alpine Village around 6:30 and there were several folks milling about and I got to do some shopping (I put a hurting on Bob Dalley's booth, or did it put a hurting on me?). It was a long day and I didn't make it to the bands I REALLY wanted to see, The Volcanics and Insect Surfers. Alpine Village is cool and I of all people understand the ease and wanting to keep a festival contained at one venue but I definitely missed the Purple Orchid show this year. Those shows are always packed and have an organic and exciting feel to them.

Saturday, the main event! It was kind of nice playing first as I had the whole rest of the day just to enjoy the music. I felt we put on a great show and you have no idea just how great it was to take off those god forsaken masks. During our last song, Jamie and I were standing on a ledge and often times I'll jump but it looked like a long way down so I decided to jump backwards. Bad move. I landed on my Quilter 101 (which didn't take a licking) on my pedal board and my right foot (which did) decided to go it's own direction so I hit the ground hard and didn't think I could get back up so just stayed down the rest of the set but did manage to stand for an encore. Went to urgent care when I got back and thankfully it's just a sprain. I'll just go over the highlights for the rest of the day. The Lively Ones are one of my favorite 60's surf acts so needless to say they were one of the acts for which I was most excited to see. While it wasn't exactly what I was expecting (not sure what I was expecting, really), it was still an honor to witness most of the original lineup and how much fun they still seemed to have. I had seen the Dynotones previously at the pier show one year and didn't remember thinking too much about it but this time, they really knocked me out. Aggressive with tons of energy, and they just looked cool. Tim seemed like an entirely different drummer with them than Lively Ones, what an animal! Speaking of knocking me out, I've listened to the Exotics' records for years but live was a whole different story. All great players and one of the tightest bands. I really enjoyed watching the drummer, he had an economy of motion while maintaining power and energy. I think this convention was especially stacked with incredibly talented drummers. What can I say about the Madeira that hasn't already been said? I believe them to be the best band of our genre of all time and not many, if any, even come close. Injured foot and all, I stood front and center dancing, screaming, and banging my head as I let Dane's pounding, Ivan's melodies, Patrick's powerful rhythm, and Todd's low end just wash over me. Just as it seemed to climax and couldn't get any better, John Blair and Jonpaul come out on stage and create an unbelievable swell of sound and pure energy. This is exactly why I listen to this music. It can be emotional, frenetic, technical and countless other ways all at once. I digress, after this onslaught my ears were pretty much toast but I gave them a break and then stuck around to once again see the Cads and once again it was pure magic. Chris' melodies are really like no other within the genre. Only one thing could top the night off, tacos from a truck just down the road with James, Tim, Michelle, Tien, and Dave.

I always enjoy the Sunday show due to its casualness and laid back atmosphere and this was no exception. I've already gone on far too long and said most of what I'd like to say except I really got to listen to Atomic Mosquitos that day and they just slayed. Kept the energy high the whole time and the melodies just stick with you. As for The Mystery Men? set, it was really a thrill to play all the new material for everyone although I never really thought about how strange some of the tunes may come off. Possibly because we were just surrounded by so much surf all weekend but alas, that's just the music we make and I make no apologies. After the show a bunch of us (TMM?, Kilaueas, Jonpaul, Marie, Dave, Paul, Dorthy, Jenny, and Gundi) headed to a diner where we proceeded to have a wonderful time, the perfect ending to what couldn't have been a better trip.

So thank you Tena, Ran, Emilio, Josh, Jenny, Jonpaul, Marie, Dorthy, and especially the big guy himself. Jeff, you continually outdo yourself and I am grateful. Not just for the convention, but your friendship and all the friendships I've made because of the convention. It gives all us crazies a place where we feel truly at home, if only for a wild weekend. So here's to ten more years of SG101!!!

The Squares - 1995-2002
The Mystery Men? - 2012-
MOONBASE - 2012-2017
The KBK - 2017
Southern Surf Stomp!

Insect Dave...I freakin' love that guy!

The Squares - 1995-2002
The Mystery Men? - 2012-
MOONBASE - 2012-2017
The KBK - 2017
Southern Surf Stomp!

Chad, thank you for the review,
Very nice.
10 more years?
Are you trying to kill me?
We shall see.


Sorry so late getting to this! Haven’t slowed down until now! We had SUCH a wonderful time! Here’s a quick breakdown of our experiences:

Arrived Thursday early afternoon and went straight to In-N-Out because we are east-coasters and that is just what you do. After that we checked into the old HoJo, dropped our gear off and then headed to The Tonga Hut for some stiff drinks (and TACOS!!) as well as some meetups with fun people! From there we went to The Barkley for The Kilaueas and The Huntington Cads (!!). Even though I was downright bleary-eyed, I was thoroughly engrossed in both bands! What a treat to be able to see the Cads… TWICE. Another band off the bucket list.

Friday we woke early and headed to Corona for the Fender Factory tour! I had done it before, but the other guys had not. It was even better this time!! We had a GREAT tour guide (George… in charge of the CUSTOM SHOP! WHOA!) and I can’t tell you how excited I was to share this with my bandmates. We all left with an even greater respect for our instruments! Such a great treat. After that, the group split, with some guys heading to Oceanic Arts, while Mystery Men Terry (drums), Jay (bass) and I headed to W Hollywood for lunch at The Rainbow Bar & Grill (where we ran into The Kilaueas! Clearly men of great taste!) and record shopping at Amoeba! From there we headed to the first night at The Alpine Village, which was a real blast! Even still fighting some jet lag and exhaustion, I managed to make it through all of the bands… most I had seen before, but all of them just got me right into the spirit of the event all over again! It’s like putting that REALLY comfortable pair of jeans on… just feels right.

Saturday started off bumpy for me personally (I was HOT, super tired, under-caffeinated and annoyed), but thankfully, I managed to shake it all off by stage time. We were so thrilled to make our return to the convention, and felt honored to start the big day! The mask reveal was a topic of much debate, but I have to say… it went off better than I could have ever imagined! I’m still conflicted on not having them, but I will say… I TOTALLY love the comfort of playing without them! Haha. It was just the perfect setting to make that adjustment! I am SO thankful that I had seen all of the bands before (with the exception of the tributes, of course), and they were all on point giving me exactly what I’ve come to expect! I took FULL advantage of being able to see The Huntington Cads again! Multiple “chills” moments! The tributes were also so wonderful! True pros! Never thought I’d get to see The Lively Ones! That’s another bucket list band done. That’s 2 for this trip!! It was a LONG day in an inhospitable place (that’s all I’ll say about the Alpine Village… out of politeness), but I am glad for every minute of the great music and wonderful people!!

The prospect of seeing completely different sets on Sunday really had me thrilled. Such a great idea! We thought it would be a great time to showcase songs from the upcoming record (still coming! promise!), and boy oh boy did that really feel great. Solid room full of some of our favorite ears, and we felt really great about the set! Such a great way to go out! As expected, all of the other bands just dazzled me. As I said… I’ve seen these bands and I’m pretty familiar with the material, so getting to see MORE from these great bands was just icing on the cake! After the show, a big group of us went to a diner over near the beach and I ate myself stupid and talked and laughed and just had a great time with my boys and many friendlies. Those comedown moments are definitely some of my favorite moments of any SG101 weekend!

I cherish these trips. I see some great people once a year, and while it’s really NEVER enough time to see and talk to everyone, please believe me when I say that I love seeing everyone! ENORMOUS thanks to Jeff for having us and for putting it all together. The whole SG101 team is just tops! Such great, hard (and pretty thankless) work! There will never be enough thanks for all of the efforts… though I will certainly do my best.

I’ll be sure to post some pics as soon as I can!

Glad to have you Jamie!


Hey Sorry this has taken me so long to get time to work on the videos for this years SG101 convention. Here are a couple of songs by The Surf Rockers fro the Friday show at Alpine Village.

Wow, thanks Guy


Looks (and sounds!) like a wonderful time was had by all.

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Videos of the Kilaueas from the Con:


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