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Surf music icon Dick Dale in GV Friday

Famed surf music legend Dick Dale comes to town for a Friday concert at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.

Being completely self-taught, his style is something different and unique. Since his first appearances in Balboa, Calif., at the Rendezvous Ballroom, he has set and broken attendance records everywhere he’s performed, according to his bio.

Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950s. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he caught waves from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier guru, and Leo asked Dale to play his new creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief as he watched Dale play a right handed guitar left handed, changing the chords in his head, then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.



Leo Fender gave the Fender Stratocaster along with a Fender Amp to Dale and told him to beat it to death and tell him what he thought of it. Dale took the guitar and started to beat it to death, and he blew up Leo Fender’s amp and the speaker. Dale proceeded to blow up 49 amps and speakers — they would literary catch on fire. Leo would say, “Dick, why do you have to play so loud?” Dale would explain that he wanted to create the sound of Gene Krupa, the famous jazz drummer who created the sounds of the native dancers in the jungles along with the roar of mother nature’s creature’s and the roar of the ocean, according to the performer’s history.

Dick Dale has been called one of the hardest working men in show business. In the past five years, he has maintained a heavy concert tour and public appearance schedule throughout the world, playing in Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada, South America and the U.S.




Dale’s recording of “Miserlou” became the title song for Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster movie “Pulp Fiction.” Dale has also recorded original material for Disneyland’s Space Mountain roller coaster ride and the soundtrack for the “History of NASA” video shown in Space Mountain. Dick Dale was the first person to create the surf music sound and the first to take a sport and develop a music for it. He was also the first to have more than one record on the Top 10 charts at one time and also to have five songs from a single album on the charts at once. He was first to sell out the Los Angeles sports arena.

The guitar legend will perform Friday with The Pyronauts opening at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St. The Pyronauts have opened for Dick Dale more than a dozen times, and they are much appreciated by him as a surf guitar band.

The Pyronauts have become proficient in the sounds of Dick Dale and The Deltones, The Surfaris, The Ventures, The Chantays and Santo and Johnny, as well as many others. The Pyronauts play a blend of vintage and modern surf rock, with both family-oriented and intense shows. Expect to be entertained no matter who you are!

The Pyronauts band members are Paul The Pyronanut playing lead guitar, Bob Bitchin’ on guitar, The Brett Cole on bass and Tim Stephenson on drums.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.dancingdoge.com – $20 in advance or $25 at the door or at three locations: Cherry Records in Auburn, The Clock Tower Records in Grass Valley and Smiley Guys Smokehouse in Grass Valley. Smiley Guys Smokehouse will serve food for purchase at show.


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