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Hot Times and a Surfing September!

August 18th, 2010 No comments
Necessarily Rhetorical Question: Have you ever thought to yourself, “Self, is there some kind of festival where I could see surf music, xydeco, belly dancing and those crazy cars with the baby dolls and Transformers glued all over them, all at the same time?”

If so, then you’ll be ape-static to hear that Australosurfecus has just been awarded a spot at this year’s Hot Times Community Music and Arts Festival!

When: Saturday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hot Times Community Stage – 240 Parsons St. – Columbus 43215

This is the 34th year of the Hot Times Festival, and each year they bring an entertainment lineup so wild it makes an instrumental surf trio made up of ancient hominids seem right at home!

This will likely be the last time to see the guys au natural at an outdoor show before the weather turns and we all begin fashioning clothes of an insulatory nature from the indigenous mammal of your choosing, so get your grass skirt ironed out and we’ll see you at 3:00 p.m. on the 11th!

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Dick Dale – Cancer Warrior? Indeed!

August 4th, 2010 No comments

Rewind to last week.  I was making my evening reading rounds of guitar forums before climbing into my arboreal sleeping arrangements, and came across a thread that stopped me cold.  Over on the SurfGuitar101 forum, someone had posted a health update on Dick Dale, who is obviously pretty revered among us surfing birds.  The update consisted of a friend-to-friend email that painted a pretty dismal picture of The King’s health – that he’d been battling through cancer and was getting back out onto the stage, only to have an undetected infection ripping his newly regained health right out of his body.

Reading, and then re-reading, the post, I was absolutely shaken.  It’s obvious that Dick Dale is upheld among all others in the realm of surf and instro guitar.  Despite the fact that Australosurfecus doesn’t sound much like Dick’s style of surf, I personally count him as one of my primary influences on my six-stringed sojourn.  He also holds a special place in the dark Congolese heart of us as a band – In addition to his monster contribution to the core of the genre we call home, our first official outing as a triumvirate was attending a Dick Dale show here in Columbus, Ohio.  All three of us left slack-jawed, and the night stands as one of the best, if not the best, live performance I’ve ever been privileged to witness.

The man controls thunder.  That’s the simplest way to put it.  That guitar, those Showmen amps, all of it – you don’t so much hear it as you feel it, pushing you around, rearranging your brain from song to song.

Now to the following night, when I sat down and re-traced my steps to find the posting on Dick’s health, check for updates and write an update here on the Surfecus Site… only to find that the thread was nowhere to be found.

That was pretty scary.

In absence of any mention or reason, I assumed the obvious – that Dick or someone close to him had requested the post be pulled – which made me even more concerned for The Eliminator.  Thankfully, it seems someone from the LA Times was likewise concerned, contacted Dick and ran an article on Dick’s battle with cancer, his push to get back on the stage and the current health concerns that have all us surf guitarists muting the strings.

Dick Dale: Surf guitar king riding the wave back from cancer (LA Times)

Long and short of it, Dick is optimistic and fighting as usual to get back to health and playing for his fans.  Allegedly, he’s set to undergo surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center today, so if you have a minute to send some positive energy – or an uplifting email to dick@dickdale.com – it’d be a great time to do so.

And to any guitarists reading this – if you’re playing tonight, rip off a gliss for the Big Kahuna.  He deserves all the reverberated vibes we can send his way…

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