If you’ve been walking this planet for awhile, you know California is famous for its firsts. We had the first laser, supermarket, Barbie, Frisbee, and B2 bomber…but nothing compares to the musical innovation of adding ‘the beach’ to Rock and Roll to create Surf music. Back then the bands that carried the most sand wore names like the Chantays, the Ventures, Dick Dale, the Beach Boys, the Trashmen, Ronny and the Daytonas, Jan and Dean and of course, the Surfaris. All had hits based on the surf culture and all provided a unique soundtrack behind a rockin’ new water-based lifestyle.
Opportunities to see or hear these bands don’t come around often, but here’s your latest. The Surfaris drop in on Tio Leo’s Lounge Thursday, May 17 at 8PM.
History 101: The original Surfaris were formed in Glendora, California in 1962 by four high school friends. Their first trip into the studio produced a double-sided 45 with ‘Surfer Joe’ and an instrumental B-side that would reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spend 30 weeks on the charts. ‘Wipe Out’ became an international sensation and turned gold when it blew past the ‘one million records sold’ benchmark.
The sole remaining original member, guitarist Bob Berryhill has pulled together his family to keep the Surfaris in the curl and adding freshness and vitality to their active brand of Surf Rock. So grab your board shorts and head down to Tio Leo’s Lounge, 5302 Napa St. in San Diego. Put your best goofy-foot forward and check out the Surfaris ‘live’ Thursday May 17 at 8PM. Relive some of your heyday and don’t forget to put extra zinc on your nose. Surf’s Up!
Brought to you by Wicked Harem Booking & Productions
Plus…. Anthony Cullins will open the show with the surf song “Pipeline” which won him the Crown Jewel at the Dallas International Guitar Festival and he will be backed by the one and only Surfaris