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Last Saturday in Grover Beach, slightly South of Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara's Surf Band KELP played a corporate gig for CoastHills Credit Union. CoastHills employs 225 people with branches from Lompoc, CA to Paso Robles, CA. Beach Butlers out of San Luis Obispo set up tiki torches, fire rings, chairs, cabanas, food & beer while KELP played 4 long sets, ending with their last song as the sun disappeared over the horizon.
Not only were these the nicest people (they paid us each in cash with little thank you cards and hand written notes) but they hauled our gear with trucks down to the beach. Mind you, you can drive trucks, dune buggies, ride horses and camp at Grover Beach. There's a little bit of everything going on here.
My 7 year old daughter, Keilana brought her maracas, tambourine and an assortment of shakers, joining us on stage and salting the music with her "instruments". And at the end of the night she said to me "So, daddy - how much money did I make at this gig?" Really? Naturally I paid her an undisclosed amount.
To those of us that have had this experience of playing on the beach, facing the waves as they crash on the shore, watching bikini beauties stroll by, guys ripping it up on the waves and finally, the setting of the sun, there is absolutely nothing like it. It's truly a zen moment. I encourage everyone that can to do this!
Looking forward to playing the third year in a row next year. Thanks CoastHills!
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