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8/4: The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention at Alpine Village


THE 11TH ANNUAL SURF GUITAR 101
Saturday, August 4
11 AM – MIDNIGHT


What: 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention (SG101)
When: Saturday, August 4th, 12, noon to 12 midnite
Where: The Alpine Village Steinhause
833 W. Torrance Blvd. Torrance Ca. 90502
www.alpinevillagecenter.com/alpine-steinhaus
$40 CASH AT THE DOOR


The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention

Featuring:
The Blue Hawaiians (Los Angeles)
Tremolo Beer Gut (Denmark)
Surfer Joe (Italy)
the Kaisers of Kalifornia (Argentina)
Les Agamemnonz (France)
Urban Surf Kings (Canada)
PJ & the Galaxies (South Bay, first wave band)
Frankie & the Pool Boys (San Francisco)
a tribute to The Sentinals (So Cal)
Black Flamingos (New Jersey)
King Pelican (Texas)
Fascinating Creatures of the Deep (Santa Cruz)

Also, special guests, amazing raffles, vendors galore, all taking place at Alpine Village! Meet and greet friends from all over the world as we gather for a day dedicated to the Surf Guitar!

Do you have a love for traditional surf music played on a Fender Jaguar, straight through a 1963 Fender Reverb tank, then blasted through a blonde Fender Showman? So do the members of SurfGuitar101!

The SG101 Convention started in 2008 when the members of www.surfguitar101.com agreed there should be an annual meet & greet for members. The convention features bands, gear, and gives the occasional performing enthusiast a chance to show off their skills on stage. Additionally, a plethora of vendors present their music, merch, and gear up for sale.

The 11th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention event celebrates surf music in all forms, from the instrumental tunes that influenced the forefathers, to the bands that created and developed that unmistakable sound, to the current domestic and foreign bands today, either carrying on the tradition of instrumental surf ‘n’ drag tunes in their pure form or progressively changing the face of the genre. There is something for everyone!

Web links:
FB home page
FB event page
SG101 forums

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8/13: 9th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention


Saturday, August 13, 2016
The 9th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention

SG1019Alpine Village
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
Facebook event page

For the 9th year in a row, the global Surf guitar community will focus its attention on its Southern California birthplace as the Surf Guitar 101 Convention takes over Alpine Village on Saturday, August 13, 2016. What began as a fairly intimate gathering of die-hard enthusiasts and members of the internet’s number one resource for all things Surf guitar, www.surfguitar101.com, has blossomed into the most important event of its kind in the USA.

The 12 hour affair, which runs from Noon to Midnight, will feature one of the greatest lineups of modern Surf instrumental bands from around the globe. This year’s performers include Crazy Aces from Nashville, TN; The Secret Samurai from San Diego, CA; Kelp from Santa Barbara, CA; Tikiyaki 5-0 from Los Angeles, CA; George Tomsco of the legendary group The Fireballs from New Mexico; a historic reunion of the Northern California super group The Mach IV and the reunion and 20th anniversary celebration of Washington D.C.’s highly influential Space Cossacks. Representing the international contingent will be the return of Italy’s Bradipos IV, the highly anticipated appearance of Russia’s masters of horror surf, The Messer Chups and the American debut of Dutch trailblazers The Phantom Four, featuring not only Phantom Frank from the legendary Treble Spankers, but very special guest guitarist John Blair, Surf music historian and revival pioneer of Jon & The Nightriders.

In addition to the 10 main performances, there will be an extended live set of music featuring some extremely special guests from the original 60s era bands, an all-star tribute to The Original Surfaris, an exclusive performance by local favorites The Hot Rod Trio demonstrating products by Nocturne, and a generous all-day raffle of sponsorship products that includes prizes ranging from CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, guitar pedals by Nocturne, guitar and bass accessories from D’Addario, an amplifier by Quilter, a guitar and bass from Fender and a very special exclusive Eastwood Senn model guitar!

Alpine Village, the expansive new all ages venue for the convention, features topnotch international cuisine and beverages, a deli and marketplace, ample parking and spacious areas where vendors from some of the leading Surf instrumental record companies and collectible dealers will gather to sell their wares.

For more information, visit www.surfguitar101.com

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7th Annual Surf Guitar 101Convention


7TH ANNUAL SURF GUITAR 101 CONVENTION

SG101Saturday, August 9, 2014
8AM-8PM
$30 dollars
12 and under free.

The Starting Gate
5052 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
www.startinggateoc.com

Surf Guitar 101 Website
Surf Guitar 101 Facebook page
Jeff “Big Tiki Dude” Hanson: bigtikidude@yahoo.com

Featuring
Slacktone – Los Angeles, CA
www.slacktone.com
Boss Martians -Seattle, WA
www.facebook.com/BossMartians
The Surf Coasters – Japan
www.surfcoasters.com
The Kilaueas – Germany
www.kilaueas.de
The Supertones – New York, N.Y.
myspace.com/thesupertonessurf
The Surf Kings – Oceanside, Ca.
myspace.com/thesurfkings
Frankie & the Pool Boys – San Francisco, Ca.
www.facebook.com/FrankieAndThePoolBoys
The Threesome Band
www.threesomeband.com

Plus:
Paul Johnson & Friends
A tribute to the Atlantics (Australia) featuring Ivan Pongracic, Danny Snyder, and Jonpaul Balak
SG101 Member Jam

These days, just about everyone is familiar with the twangy, reverb-drenched plunk, undulating whammy bar and machine-gun staccato commonly known as “Surf Gutiar.” It’s become one of the staple sounds chosen to set the mood for commercials, television programs and feature films by music supervisors and sound designers the world over. Whether it’s conjuring the feelings of Summer, the beach, the old West, outer space, a desolate desert, or the adventures and intrigue of an international super spy, that quintessential “Surf Guitar” sound is somewhere in the background.

Lesser known, however, is the fact that there are legions of fanatics spanning the globe that share a deep passion and sometimes obsession for this 50-plus year old Southern California art form. These die-hard fans keep the genre and its associated culture very much alive and thriving through internet communication, annual meetings, specialty radio programs, and an ever-growing network of performers, collectors and instrument aficionados. Since 2006, the single most important internet resource for everything Surf guitar has been Surfguitar101.com, and for the past 6 years, its official annual convention has been the most important gathering in the United States for anyone interested in this very specific musical style.

2014’s 7th annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention is slated to be the greatest and most well-attended to date. Headlining this year is none other than local Southern California legends Slacktone (slacktone.com), the Surf trio considered by many to have set the bar for all modern Surf bands with their jaw-dropping display of technical proficiency, attention to tone and sheer power. Making their way down from Seattle for a very special reunion performance comes The Boss Martians (facebook.com/bossmartians), who exploded onto the scene in the early 90s with their traditional sound featuring organ. From Japan, for the first time in many years with another historic reunion performance is The Surf Coasters (surfcoasters.com), one of the most prolific of all Surf bands, releasing upwards of 25 recordings since their formation in 1994. Debuting their brand-new full-length album Wiki Waki Woooo comes The Kilaueas (facebook.com/thekilaueas), all the way from Germany, who have been thrilling audiences with their energetic live shows and impeccable vintage tones. Making their California debut is The Supertones from New York, one of the longest running modern Surf bands, a staple of the East Coast scene since 1988. Back to the convention from Northern California to wow audiences once again comes instrumental supergroup Frankie & The Poolboys (facebook.com/frankieandthepoolboys), whose latest album The Adventures of Cap’n Coconuts has been consistently high on international critics’ lists. Up from the San Diego area comes first-wave legend Tom Stanton leading his trio The Surf Kings, who’ll present their special brand of heavy, moody Surf. And last, but certainly not least comes the intensity of power Surf trio Threesome (threesomeband.com), fresh off of a European tour in support of their latest EP, On Tour. Live performances will also include an all-star tribute to first-wave pioneers The Atlantics of Australia, featuring members of The Madeira, The TomorrowMen and Insect Surfers, and a special showcase by one of the originators of Surf music, the creator of “Mr. Moto” himself, Paul Johnson.

In addition to the live performaces, the all-day event will feature a Surf music marketplace, with one of the greatest vending areas of Surf-related CDs, records, books, magazines, posters, clothing, instruments, accessories and other collectibles anywhere! Of special note will be in-person signings by Sven Kirsten, who’ll be signing his new Taschen book Tiki Pop, and Dominic Priore, who’ll be signing his new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise And Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier. Confirmed vendors also include Double Crown Records, Surf King Surf Wear, Dionysus Records, MuSick Recordings, Reverb Junkies DVD, Pounding Surf DVD, Paul Johnson and many more!

And, true to the old saying that there’s something for everyone, thanks to the generosity of major sponsors such as Fender, D’Addario, Eastwood and others, attendees will not only have the opportunity to receive free products, but also enter raffles to win exceptional prizes such as actual Surf guitars! Up for grabs will be a Fender Classic Player Jaguar set up by Slacktone’s Dave Wronski, an Eastwood Sidejack DLX in greenburst, a custom Atomic Brain pedal by Nocturne, and a deluxe accessory package from D’Addario, among many other wonderful prizes!

Bring the kids, listen to the amazing live music, shop ‘till you drop and meet and greet some of Surf music’s most important personalities, all within steps of a full kitchen and bar, in the air-conditioned comfort of Los Alamitos’ Starting Gate. It’s reverb-drenched fun for the whole family! Tickets available at the door.

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