The 14th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Festival July 28-30, 2023

What: The 14th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Festival
When: Friday – Sunday, July 28-30, 2023
Where: Crystal Ballroom at the Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach, CA 
6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 9080
Ticket Link at StellarShows

The 14th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Festival, the longest-running gathering for surf music lovers and musicians in the United States, happens this year from July 28th thru the 30th at the Golden Sails Hotel at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803. Now a three-day weekender, this international festival features live music, seminars, vendors, raffles, and food trucks, everything under one roof with free parking!   

This 14th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Festival 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. In addition, many vendors sell music, instruments, music gear, ephemera, t-shirts, and more!

On Saturday, July 29 at 11 AM, there will be an exclusive screening of the long-anticipated Sound of the Surf documentary – Executive producer, surf music author, and expert John Blair will do a Q&A afterward. More information on this film can be found here:

On Sunday at 10 AM, there will be a 10th-anniversary screening of the Reverb Junkies documentary, followed by a seminar discussing surf music from 1980 through the present day, led by Jonpaul Balak, bassist and host of the Fiberglass Jungle show (which can be heard Saturdays, 2-4 PM Pacific on

Appearing on the International Crystal Ballroom stage will be the headliners:

Satan’s Pilgrims (Portland), The Bomboras (Los Angeles), Deke Dickerson as Link Wray (SoCal), Messer Chups (Russia), Tikiyaki Orchestra (SoCal)


The Charades (Finland), Sir Bald Diddley( England), The Irradiates (France), Pollo Del Mar (San Francisco), The Volcanos (Detroit), The Hellbenders (Detroit), The Eliminators (Orange County), Paul Johnson (60s surf pioneer/South Bay), The Concussions (Grand Rapids), Draculina (Russia/US), The Surf Kings (Oceanside), The Reventlos (Costa Mesa), Tiki Creeps (Los Angeles), Waves Of Steele (Antelope Valley), and the return of the of the SG101 MemberJam.

Event sponsors and vendors include MuSick Recordings, Double Crown Records, Hi-Tide Recordings, Dionysus Records, Exotica Magazine and Tabu Recordings, Surf Cookie Records, Otitis Media Records, The Surf King Surfboards, Austin Ribbon Microphones, Alameda Guitars, Reverb Junkies, KFJC radio, Caveman Vintage Guitars, Vintage Guitar Magazine, A Day at the Beach Podcast, Rattlesnake Cable Company, Laguna Tropical Surf Show KXFM Radio, KXLU Radio, Kustom Deluxe Design and Printing, Fiberglass Jungle Show, WAIF Radio, Nocturne Pedals and Amps, GTF Instrumental, Catching a Wave Podcast, Moondog Surf & Speed, Storm Surge of Reverb WTUL Radio, and more!

Fender Guitar raffle, Quilter Amp raffle, Teliki Guitar Raffle, Surfy Industries Gear Raffle, and more!

About the Surf Guitar 101 Convention

The SG101 Convention started in 2008 as a one-time birthday celebratory show for an avid surf music fan. It soon morphed into an annual convention and has grown and expanded into what is now considered one of the world’s most essential live music events. It features the best in traditional, modern, and cutting-edge international, national, and local bands performing and celebrating the widely adored yet still niche genre of instrumental surf music. Over the years, the convention has inspired unprecedented tours by foreign bands, historical reunions, live recordings, monumental final performances, once-in-a-lifetime all-star collaborations, and more!

In addition to the live performances, the convention provides a unique opportunity to shop for one of the greatest selections of surf music-related products under one roof; vinyl, CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, books, posters, other paper ephemera, Tiki mugs, instruments, pedals, accessories and more.

The event offers attendees the rare chance to meet, mingle, and get to know other fans worldwide!

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