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Archive for July, 2012

HBISM Surfin' Sunday Concert Aug 12th, 2012

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Presents: Surfin’ Sundays Concert at Pier Plaza - Sunday August 12th, 2012.

This concert is dedicated to Eddie Bertrand of Eddie and the Showman, The Chantays Gil Orr, HBISM Founder Natalie Kotsch and HBISM World Ambassador Ann Beasley as well as Founder and Webmaster Brian Neal and in memory of “Baja” Marty Klenz who recently passed away.


This year marks our 25th Anniversary and 16 years of great music from dedicated musicians who donate their precious time in support of the museum and our Surfin’ Sundays Summer Concert Series. Periodically we have legends such as Dick Dale, John Blair & Paul Johnson dropping by.


  • THE INTOXICATORS direct from Florida are Southeast Surf/Rockabilly/Space masters.
  • LOS VENTURAS Euro-Instrumental/Surf/Ska/Soul troupe from Belgium on their second US visit.
  • EL RAY Denmark Surf rockers will perform on our stage during their first American tour.
  • THE MADEIRA the group that many consider the best modern surf band in the world, direct from Indiana, featuring material from their new album Tribal Fires.
  • 9TH WAVE East Coast Surf, Sci-Fi, Spy, Hot-Rod veterans are celebrating their 6th album.
  • THE EXOTICS from Wisconsin have been one of the best traditional surf mainstays since 1994.

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to the Concert is “FREE” but donations are greatly appreciated.

Location: Pier Plaza Amphitheater 315 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach 92648
HBISM Phone: 714-960-3483

Check our website for the complete schedule and information.

MuerTones rock the Ventura Primer Nationals Labor Day weekend

Punk Rock Legend Grammy Recipient Marky Ramone & Bat Mobile & Munster Koach Builder George Barris amongst notables to join festivities celebrating 10th Anniversary of The Ventura Nationals Labor Day Weekend 2012.
The 10th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show and Music Festival is rolling back onto the Ventura Fairgrounds Saturday Sept.1st & Sunday Sept 2nd. 500+ Pre 1969 American Hot Rods, Kustoms, Classics, Trucks, Low-Riders,Vintage Trailers & Motorcycles will be on display with pre- juried qualifications for admittance by car aficionados Juan & Sons. Sponsors such as Budweiser & So Cal Speed Shop know enthusiastic owners, builders, car clubs, friends and families travel from all over to Ventura for the weekend to show cars, enjoy the festivities and Meet and Greet Car and Music Icons! This year adored music idol, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy recipient Marky Ramone of The Ramones will Meet and Greet, Sign Autographs, Judge Cars and give out Awards. Marky has always been a big car and hot rod enthusiast. He will also specifically judge the Best Girl Owned Car since Ventura Nationals is proud to recognize a number of not so traditional female registrar and their unique Customs and Classics. Marky Ramone will also judge the annual Pin Up contest with two other revered judges. Joining him will be infamous T.V., film and celebrity auto customizer and builder Mr. George Barris. Mr. Barris created the Batmobile, the Munster Koach, and Knight Riders' KITT to name a few. Rounding out the mighty threesome on the Pin Up judging panel will be Mr. Tom Ingram, founder and owner of the world renowned Viva Las Vegas Weekender now in it's 16th year. Other special guests this year will Include American Grafitti leading actress Candy Clark, world famous Low Brow Artist & publisher of Juxtapose Magazine Robert Williams, Kustom Car legend 92 year old Bill Hines and More!
All day live musical entertainment beginning at 10am includes favorite artists of Rockabilly, Rock n' Roll, Roots, Surf & Blues. Imported for the event from Denton,Texas The High School Caesar with special guest "Mr.Telecaster" Albert Lee,  legendary Rock n' Roller Ray Campi and cumbiabilly by The Moonlight Trio will rock the big stage on Saturday Sept. 1. Sunday, Sept. 2  live entertainment will again shake, rattle and roll with high octane Rockabilly from The Sugar Daddys, the roots scene's hottest news The  Americans and acoustic cutting edge surf sounds of The Muertones. Blessing of the Cars & Bikes by the Monsignor of the Mission San Buenaventura is an added feature for the 10th Anniversary. In addition, complementing the activities on the fairgrounds are 100 plus unique genre specific vendors and artists. Lining the pavilion inside and out and creating an awesome shopping experience of vintage clothing, art, jewelry and specific Car Kulture goodies for visiting guys and dolls whose specific stylistic taste are not to be found at pedestrian malls. As usual Gear Heads will enjoy the Automotive & Motorcycle Swap Meet taking place both days on the back lot. 
Official Associated events:
Friday Night, Aug. 31st kicks off with the Official Art Show at Fast Frame - 3954 E. Main Street Ventura, CA 93003
7:00-10pm Preferred parking for hot rods & motorcycles. Cost is two cans of food to be donated to Ventura Foodshare.
Saturday Night, Sept. 1 The Official Ventura Nationals HoeDown Presented by The Reverend Martini.
Drawing attendees and special guests from around the world, the HoeDown continues the days festivities into a rocking evening.
It is a coveted ticket and sells out each year at the historic, vintage Ventura Bowling Center -1888 E.Thompson Dr. Ventura 8:00pm
Features Performances by Cold Blue Rebels in full zombie regalia, High School Caesar and The Muertones
All Ages $10. Kids $8.00
Sunday Post Show Reliability Run that ends at Noble Fabrications Open House. This event is open to registered car show participants only but will be a Ventura street spectacle at the end of sundays show beginning at 3pm.
The Ventura Nationals inspires the whole of Ventura to celebrate bringing thousands of Auto and Music fans into Ventura for this fun, hip event each year. Hotels sell out quickly so make your reservations today and Visit us on line at


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1960's Orange County Musicians Reunion July 28 & 29

Mike Madden writes:

Eight months or so ago I opened the 1960's Orange County Musicians Group on Facebook. As of today about 170 top musicians and associates have logged in. We have been planning a reunion in Santa Ana California for several months and it will take place July 28th and July 29th. You may be aware that many Surf Bands and top-notch Surf Guitar players will be there and performing both at Silverado Park for a picnic on Saturday then the big "JAM" on Sunday at Original Mike's in Santa Ana CA, starting at about 1pm.

For information Contact Tom Potts @ (714) 719-4672

"PDX A Go-Go" NEW cd surf comp of Portland current surf bands

PDX A Go-Go... Five bands...ten songs...that preserve a moment in time, the summer of 2012, when instrumental surf music rode the crest of a wave in Portland, OR. Musicians are forming surf bands, several venues are giving these bands a stage and an audience is growing. Duff's Garage, the club that always gave instro surf a home, is ground zero. There's an excitement about the bands and the music. Many different directions are being explored by these bands, proving that a subgenre thought by many to be one-dimensional is anything but.

The Surf Weasels, WaveSauce, Susan SurfTone, The Outer Space Heaters, and Shade 13 offer you a sample of what's going on here on the northern end of the west coast. We hope you enjoy it and that you come to a few shows. Pick up a copy of PDX A Go-Go from any of the bands on the compilation or wait until CDBaby has it in stock (we'll let you know... just check back here in a few weeks.) Tell your friends "there's a party going on here in Portland that you should know about"... come and join us. Convention #5 - August 2012!

I guess it is about time we put something on the home page about the amazing convention #5, which is Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Los Alamitos, California! Luckily, Jonpaul has created a great convention website with all the details: the bands, the venue, the sponsors, directions, info on raffles, a schedule, videos, and much, much more!

Please visit The Official Convention website!

For questions, comments, and further discussion, please visit the SG101 Convention #5 forum thread.

This year's convention is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and surf music mega-fan, Baja Marty, who passed away recently. If you would like to give a donation to Marty's family, you can do so via Paypal. Thank you.

A big thank you to Jonpaul for creating the website.

SG101 Convention #5 Promo show on Radio Free Bakersfield

Want to know what to expect at this year's SurfGuitar101 convention in August? Well how about a nice little preview put together by Jeff "Bigtikidude" and Whorehay? Check out this awesome SG101 Convention #5 Promo show on this week's Radio Free Bakersfield! Here is a direct link to the MP3 file. Check out songs from all the bands scheduled to appear at the convention as well as get the low down on the shows on and around the big convention day. Thanks Jeff and Whorehay!