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Feature for August 2012


Surf Guitar 101 Convention



5th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention Promises to be Largest Yet


Los Alamitos, California: August 11, 2012……….Machine gun staccato guitars drenched in dripping reverb, twangy plunk, bouncing bass, driving, tribal drums………most are unaware that the musical genre known as “Surf” that was catapulted onto the radar of modern pop-culture by Pulp Fiction has evolved and developed into a full-blown sub-culture with fanatic followers, complete with its own online ground zero, a website called (what else?)

Once a year, the fanatics convene for a marathon 12-hour festival of all things surf—live performances by 8 of the best bands in the genre from all over the world, a “Living Legends of Surf Jam,” which features performance collaborations from the original players that were there back in the genreʼs 60s beginnings, a surf music and memorabilia marketplace, and an extremely generous raffle featuring music, clothing, collectibles, and musical instruments and accessories from prominent makers/sponsors such as Fender, Eastwood, Nocturne Pedals and many more!

Now in its 5th year, the Surf Guitar 101 Convention has grown from a small gathering of geeks, to an all-out international festival, drawing attendees and interest from across the globe. 2012 promises to be the largest convention yet, with substantially increased advertising, marketing and corporate sponsorship.

5th Annual Convention Highlights:

bullet A historic reunion performance by the band that re-ignited interest in Surf Music in the 80s and ushered in the so-called “Second Wave,” Jon & the Nightriders
bullet A Live set by the group that many consider the best modern surf band in the world, direct from Indiana, featuring material from their new album Tribal Fires, The Madeira
bullet A performance by Denmark Surf rockers El Ray, on their first American tour
bullet The second US visit by Euro-Instro/Surf/Ska/Soul troupe Los Venturas from Belgium
bullet From Wisconsin, one of the best traditional surf mainstays since 1994, The Exotics
bullet Direct from Florida, Southeast Surf/Rockabilly/Space masters The Intoxicators!
bullet Local Orange County, California Hot Rod/Surf legends The Dynotones
bullet Celebrating their 6th album, East Coast Surf, Sci-Fi, Spy, Hot-Rod veterans 9th Wave
bullet Incredible live reunion performances by first wave bands The Rumblers, of I Donʼt Need You No More fame, and Southern Californiaʼs own The Nocturnes

The Convention will happen Saturday, August 11, 2012 at The Starting Gate, 5052 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA from 8 am – 8 pm, $30 admission.

The 2012 Surf Guitar 101 Convention is dedicated to the memory of “Baja” Marty Klenz, one of the world’s most fanatical and passionate surf music lovers. His tremendous lust for life, gigantic and loving heart, vibrant and enthusiastic personality and insatiable thirst for reverb was an inspiration to not only the world surf music community, but also to anyone that ever came into contact with him.

(press release written by Kristena Hernandez)


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