Hello Everyone! First of all, a late Happy New Year to you all! After a wonderful time spend back on the east coast for Christmas, I returned to southern california just before the new year. It was a great time at home seeing friends and family and was great to return to friends out on the west coast too!
Surfing and climbing helped me ease back into my lifestyle out here and we were blessed with some pretty awesome weather to enjoy so far this January. Included in the fun was heading to the Belly Up to see Dick Dale, king of the surf guitar and Hargo. The boys from Hargo put on a great show, I'm really enjoying their sound and tightness of the live shows I've seen. Check them out if you haven't already http://hargomusic.com/.
Dick Dale put on a great show of surf rock classics packed with energy. We had a great spot right up front where the band was rocking out.
We've finished the drywall for the studio! I'll post some more pictures soon.
I've gotten my first international show experience in the Dominican Republic at the Aloha Surf Cafe...thanks to Juan Carlos and the Aloha Cafe for a rocking time.
More updates coming soon. I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2012!
Well, the past two weeks provided me with some pretty awesome shows. I haven't been seeing as much live music as I would like to on a regular basis and I definitely was able to satisfy my appetite with these recent performances. It all started the weekend after Thanksgiving, checking out a jazz guitar duo in Del Mar, CA to warm me up for BB King at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. What a great show that was. BB and his band were able to give a stellar performance, complete with Lucille singing her blues in true form. He had a fantastic band behind him, complete with horns, guitars, drums, keys, the whole bit. Epic.
Then, this past Saturday evening, I headed down towards San Diego to see the 91X Wrex the Halls Night 1 show. Lineup was solid. Naked and Famous, Airborne Toxic Event, Cage the Elephant, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Death Cab for Cutie, and Florence and the Machine. It was a long night of music, but being up front on the floor was a great experience. All of the bands were pretty solid with the highlights being Death Cab and Florence for me. Awesome weeks of live music! Thanks to Kei for some of the pictures from the show! Hope to be playing live myself in the coming weeks after Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Vital Climbing Show! Heard lots of people had a good time, I know I had a lot of fun. Tons of good food, friends, and climbing. The vibe and crew at Vital are always good for that. Hope to see you all at the next event!
On Friday night I had a the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite groups, Fleet Foxes, live at the Spreckles Theater in San Diego. It was an amazing show and Spreckles is such a perfect venue for a band like Fleet Foxes! The whole vibe of the night was incredible and the Foxes played through a solid amount of material that spanned songs off of their first full length debut, early EPs, as well as the new album "Helplessness Blues" They absolutely nailed their sound live and their rich vocal harmonies were just inspiring to listen to. They also packed great energy into some of the songs that may have had a more laid back vibe on the recordings. It was a fun, interactive crowd and a great night of music. Check out their new album Helplessness Blues! You can stream it from a link off of their website HERE. Or you can stream the whole album from HERE.
Last weekend was the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. It was a huge event, with skateboarding, bmx, surfing, live music, and tons of industry stores, reps, booths, you name it. It was a great time. I volunteered with the Christian Surfers group who was helping many different organizations do their thing. The Life Rolls On foundation was there, as well as the Living the Dream Foundation. Both of them are incredible groups doing great things for those with disabilities and cystic fibrosis. Action sports plays such a great role in the lifestyles of those involved with the organization. Surfing's positive effects on cystic fibrosis have been translated into medical treatments used by all who suffer from it! Check this out.
"Haager also was living proof that surfing helped CF patients breathe easier. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist had a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs and allowed CF patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which CF patients around the world now inhale, mimicking a “surf session,” on a daily basis. The Pipeline events were created to herald this discovery."
Overall, it was a great experience. Check out some photos below of Rob Machado getting out of the water, an individual from Life Rolls On headed out for a surf, and Tom Curren perfoming at the Drifter movie premier.
So just as my journey to Southern California begins, my Pennsylvania journey comes to a close...for now. Who knows where any of us will end up? But what I do know is that I have played my last show at Godfrey Daniel's for a while...unless I happen to be back in town visiting (which is quite possible in the future). Godfrey's is such a cool venue, always showcasing interesting music, and providing an atmosphere unlike most any other. Thanks for some good times, good tunes, and good vibes.
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.