Oxford to Host 2012 Battle of the Surfing Bands; a Benefit Show for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati on September 15th from 1-11pm at uptown Pavilion (Oxford Memorial Park, Oxford OH)


As summer rolls to a close it’s time to kick fall off with a bang! After being such a hit in 2011, Instrumental Surf Rock will once again darken the doorways of Oxford Ohio. September 15th marks the second annual Oxford Battle Of The Surfing Bands, a benefit show for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati. Located in the heart of uptown Oxford, the Oxford Memorial Park Pavilion at the corner of Main and High will be alive with music from 1pm-11pm. Kids, pets and hula-hoops are welcome. Admission is free, but donations to the Cancer Support Community are strongly encouraged.


This year the lineup will consist of nine amazing surf bands, traveling across the country to bring the best Surf Rock of the Midwest! Returning to Oxford for the second consecutive year, wacky bands like the AmpFibians and Maladroits are ready to deliver another amazing show. The stage will heat up as newcomers like The Grateful Surf and Cocktail Preachers, traveling all the way from Chicago, get to rockin’!


After hearing about the coolest event Oxford has to offer this fall you may be wondering what exactly Surf Rock is. When most people think of “Surf Rock” they no doubt envision a scene from the 60’s featuring a crowd of go-go boots and miniskirts doing the hully-gully to the carefree melody of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys. However, the Surf Rock fad coming from Southern California had an earlier start.


Envision a self-taught musician holding a sunburst Stratocaster picking a fast and heavy beat accompanied by lyrics about the sport of surfing. Dick Dale, Surf Rock Pioneer and “King Of The Surf Guitar” was in his early twenties when he recorded “Lets Go Trippin”, a song regarded as the first Instrumental (without vocals) Surf Rock Song in 1958. “Lets Go Trippin”, later covered by the Beach Boys, and the album “Surfers’ Choice” both established and introduced the genre to the nation.


Come hang ten as you experience nine amazing bands ready to carry on Dick Dale’s Surf Rock tradition of blasting reverb while melting faces with incredibly fast picking, all in support of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati taking place September 15thfrom 1pm-11pm in the uptown Pavilion at the corner of Main and High in Oxford!


For more information contact Guy Moore at mooregr@muohio.edu

(press release by Kathryn M. Farthing)


Complete band line-up includes:

The AmpFibians (NESMA band)
The Cocktail Preachers (NESMA band)
The Grateful Surf
The Madeira
The Maladroits
Nicky Kay Orchestra
Team Void
The Troubadours