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Saturday, October 5, 2008
Surf Museum, Huntington Beach, CA
Liquid Kitty, West Los Angeles, CA

Another day, another two shows.

As you might have guessed, since the Surfing Museum is putting on shows at the Huntington beach pier, their location is in Huntington Beach. When they are not putting on shows on the pier, they are putting on shows in the parking lot of the museum. It is not a big lot, it normally only holds 5 or 6 cars. However, it is big enough for a band to set up, and to put out chairs and popup tents to help keep the sun off the audience.

Today was the final show of the surf music season for the Surf Museum. And it was a special show. As I will explain later.

First up was the Surf Rockers. Their lineup was 2 horns, 3 guitars, 1 keyboard, 1 bass and 1 drum. A number of the members also sing. They did not play any original songs. Their set was evenly balanced between tunes with vocals and tunes without vocals. A number of the members of this band have worked with Dick Dale in the past. Dick Dale did show up, and did some drumming during one of the tunes. When I was talking with one of the band members, he said that I had taped every show they had ever played! Obviously recording them was not an issue. Second up, was the Glasgow Tiki Shakers. Their lineup was 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 drums and no singing. And almost no talking. The bass player is the wife of the guitar player. They played all original tunes. I have recorded this band a number of times in the past, and they didn't mind that I was recording them again. Also, when I showed up at the Surf Museum, I was asked by The "Sound Of The Surf", to record the Glasgow Tiki Shakers for possible inclusion in their surf music documentary that is currently in production. Since I have recorded for the "Sound Of The Surf" before, I was very happy to be asked to do more recording for them.

And last, but definately not least, was the DVD release party for "Pounding Surf" DVD. There was a pre-release party for this DVD about 3 years ago at this location. At that time the DVD was still in production. They were shooting video that day for possible inclusion in their documentary. At the time, I was not aware of the full details of what was going on. Since I was there recording the audio, they decided to hire me, and ending up using my audio with their video from that day as part of their project. They were so happy with my audio recording, that I not only got a screen credit for my contribution, they also thanked my in the liner notes.

A number of musicians show up to perform for this event, including: Matt Quilter (Reventlos) - guitar, Kerry Chester (Surftones, ...) - guitar, keyboards, Paul Johnson (Belairs, Surfaris, ...) - guitar, Dave Wronski (Slacktone) - guitar, Greg Staples (Reventlos) - guitar, Derek Eglit (...) - sax, Ron Eglit (Dick Dale, Surfaris, ...) - bass, Steve Ryan (Slacktone) - bass, Dusty Watson (Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, ...) - drums, Lee Kix (Reventlos) - drums, Tracy Longstreth (...) - drums, Bob Colwell (Goofyfoots, ...) - drums, Lee Kix (Reventlos) - drums, Adrien Anthony (Insect Surfers, Chum) - drums.

There were a number of musicians who were there to enjoy the show, and not perform. They included David Arnson (Insect Surfers), Mike Vernon (3 Balls Of Fire), J.R. (Outer Wave), ...

My next show for the day was in West Los Angeles at 10:00pm. Since I was spending enough time on the road already, I went to Santa Monica to one of my comuter clients to work for a few hours. After which I headed over to the Liquid Kitty in West Los Angeles (about a 5 minute drive for me).

The Liquid Kitty is a typical store front bar. It is rather narrow, but fairly deep. There is no stage. However, there is an open area just past the bar, where a band can set up. Because there is no stage, there is no permanent sound system. They do have a portable sound system they bring in when they know the band will have a singer. 3 Balls Of Fire was the only band performing tonight. Their lineup was 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 drum and no vocals. Since the leader of the band, Mike Vernon, was temporarily here from Texas, he picked up some local players to back him up. The players he picked were Sam Bolle (bass - Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, ...) and Dusty Watson (drums - Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, ...). They didn't have a lot of rehearsal time, so their set was about 1/2 original 3 Balls of Fire tunes and the rest covers that all the band members knew. Since Mike had asked me the previous night to record him this day, I had no problems. Also, I have recorded here a few times before, so the owner knew me and didn't mind.

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