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Archive for April, 2009

The KFJC Battle of the Bands is on!

KFJC Radio presents the Fourth KFJC Battle of the Surfin' Bands. Organized by the bands to thank KFJC for it's continued support of obscure genres like surf music, this is also a celebration of live music and a gathering of fans to check out new talent, and old favorites. While some of the bands have been playing for longer than a decade, toured extensively and have multiple releases, a full half of the bands on this year's bill were formed within the last two years, confirming surf music's ongoing popularity. Each band gets a 15 minute set to show off their finest material and distinct sound, and any band that makes a memorable impact on the audience is a winner at this battle.

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Jon & The Nightriders 1981 - The Wedge

Courtesy of tdsurf, check out this rare footage of Jon and the Nightriders playing 'The Wedge', a Dick Dale classic, at the Whiskey-a-go-go circa 1981. John Blair, Dusty Watson, Dave Wronski, Niki Syxx.

John wrote the 4th edition of "The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music; 1961-1965". For books, CDs and more on J&TN visit

Surf Guitar 101 convention So. Cal. and other shows that weekend

SG101 convention weekend.
Fri. July 31st in San Diego, Bar Pink. 9 pm
Secret Samurai, The Verbtones from Portland, and The Tomorrowmen, from San Francisco.

Also Fri. July 31st in El Segundo-L.A. The Purple Orchid
Insect Surfers, The Boardwalkers, and The Surge from Atlanta.

Sat. Aug 1st. Surf Guitar 101 Convention, 11 am to 8 pm,
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos, Ca.
The Ghastly Ones, The Tomorrowmen, The Verbtones featuring surf guitar legends Eddie Bertrand and Paul Johnson, The Surge, Secret Samurai, The Sand Devils, The Detonators,  The Reventlos, and probably a surprise short set by a band doing a reunion. a few weeks later. Wink

Sun. Aug 2nd at the Huntington Beach pier, 11 am to 5 pm
Verbtones, The Surge, The Reventlos, The Eliminators, and The Chantays.

And working on getting the Duo tones, Paul Johnson, and Gil Ore at Don the Beachcombers, in Sunset Beach, 5 min north of HB pier.
Sun. Aug 2nd, 6 pm to 8 pm. Wink

Also thinking about doing a show on Thurs. July 30th.


Sound of the Surf: The Madeira - Crescent Moon

Check out this killer video for The Madeira's Crescent Moon. This was filmed for the upcoming surf documentary Sound of the Surf. Don't forget The Madeira are playing tomorrow night in Indianapolis and next month in Champaign, Illinois! Keep your eyes out for more sneak peek videos from the Sound of the Surf project.

Link Wray Tribute - May 9, Cleveland

Link Wray Tribute concert - May 9, 2009 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Oh.  Performing will be Link Wray's Raymen, Webb Wilder, Wraygun, The Topcats, Chris Webb, Jason Kay, & Gary Small special guests. This will be only the third tribute to Link ever, first in Cleveland. The venue is located at 15711 Waterloo rd. Cleveland, Oh. and tickets are available at the Beachland's website.

The Five - Debut Gig 9 May - Brisbane, Australia

The Five kick off with a gig supporting Sydney's The Model School at Ric's Bar, Brisbane on 9th May.

Over the next 5 months The Five will be playing a limited run of 5 gigs, and releasing a 5-track EP of original tunes.

Stylistically the band's music covers Link Wray/Davie Allan/The Shadows/Dick Dale/The Ventures and all ports between.

Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge @ The Park Chalet April 25th

Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge will be performing at the Park Chalet on April 25th, drummer Gary Christensen's birthday. So those of you in the Bay Area come on out and have a good time and offer your congrats for Gary. This will also mark Josh Tucci's last performance with the group until later this year as he will be spending the rest of spring and summer back home in Wisconsin due to prior commitments. Original bassist Geoffrey Clegg will be filling in until his return.

April 25th, 2009
Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge
Park Chalet
1000 Great Highway
San Fransisco, CA 94121