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Dave Stewart Co-Founder of the h Club!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

 

The new hClub is now open in Hollywood and is 5 stories of creative and entertainment space. It was founded by Dave Stewart and Paul Allen (global philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft). h Club is an international private members’ club facilitating creatives to Connect, Collaborate and Create in London and Los Angeles. Members can enjoy:

– Stays in the Club bedrooms
– Access to the Fitness Center and Pool
– Newly released movies in the Screening Room every week
– Industry-specific events and mixers
– Rooftop restaurant and cinema, as well as 3 levels of lounge dining & drinks
– A carefully curated program of cultural events
– Tailored member perks – from beauty and lifestyle to travel and subscriptions
– Access to an array of exclusive partner clubs around the world
Congratulations, Dave!

Spring into Action!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Spring is here and one of Surfdog’s favorite days of the year is quickly approaching! April 22nd, Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to check out Surfrider Foundation to learn how to help save our oceans. We also teamed up with them a while back to produce ‘Music For Our Mother Ocean’ which to this day serves as a quintessential summer soundtrack!

Surf’s up at Surfdog!

Eric Clapton Sells Out 3 Nights At Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The beloved guitarist, who just turned 74 last week, will play three sold-out nights at the treasured Royal Albert Hall in May.

Albert Hall is located at the edge of South Kensington, London and is one of the most distinctive buildings in the UK. The hall just installed a new ‎‎£2 million sound system, so it is expected to be a great show! After London, Clapton is scheduled to head to Germany and Austria in June.

The Royal Albert Hall’s South entrance at night

 

Stray Cats Debut New Music Video!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Stray Cats, who recently announced their 40th-anniversary album, have debuted the music video from the album’s first single, “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me).”

Watch Brian, Lee, and Slim Jim take you on a colorful and nostalgic ride, in animation form!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puUM7mgehPM

Record Store Day – April 13th!

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Get ready to line up at your favorite indie record store April 13!

A ‘Slightly Stoopid’ Summer

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

California-based group Slightly Stoopid, can’t wait to see everyone on tour later this year!

The “How I Spent my Summer Vacation” 2019 tour kicks off in San Diego on June 1st. Joining Slightly Stoopid are musicians Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds, and Hirie. This tour follows the release of their 2018 album “Everyday Life, Everyday People.”

Get your tickets here:  https://www.slightlystoopid.com/

Watch the new music video for “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)”

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Watch the new music video for “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” the first track off of Stray Cats upcoming album, ’40’. The album will be released May 24, 2019, and is the bands first new music in 26 years!!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot Summer Tour

Monday, March 25th, 2019

 

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner BRIAN SETZER will be doing double duty this summer, touring with The STRAY CATS as well

kicking off his 2019 “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” Summer Tour.

 The U.S. “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” dates begin August 5 in Lancaster, PA and wrap August 30 in Henderson, NV (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 AM, local time. View the tour trailer here.

Pre-sale schedule as follows

  • Fanclub Presale: Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 AM, local time through Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 AM local
  • Local Presale: Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM local time

SETZER’s rockin’ style and guitar assault always leave audiences smiling, and his red hot compadres are Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester on bass. They’ll be jumping into the most electrifying songs from Brian’s 40-year career as a solo artist and as a Stray Cat.  Highlights will include “Let’s Shake,” “Ignition” and “Nothing Is A Sure Thing,” along with such Stray Cats gem as “Rock This Town,” “Rumble In Brighton” and “Stray Cat Strut.”

“When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester,” notes SETZER. “He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own.  The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy.  Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place.  And when you’re talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it’s a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other.”

Asked what he’d like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: “I would love to hear, ‘You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they’re a modern band making this music sound new.”

In late 2016, SETZER released his live Blu-Ray/CD package, BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! – LIVE IN JAPAN, a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish that highlights the same band. More information on the Blu-Ray/CD can be found here.

Meanwhile with summer BBQs around the corner, fans might want to spice things up with Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Rub.  Available now, the all original recipe rub features Brian’s custom blend of spices and can be purchased here.

U.S. DATES FOR THE “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” 2019 SUMMER TOUR:

DATE LOCATION VENUE
MON 8/5 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
FRI 8/9 Union, ME Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery
*SAT 8/10 Westhampton, NY Westhampton Beach PAC
SUN 8/11 Selbyville, DE The Freeman Stage @ Bayside
*SAT 8/17 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Concert Series
TUE 8/20 St. Louis, MO River City Casino
*WED 8/21 Memphis, TN Graceland Soundstage
THU 8/22 Tulsa, OK Hard Rock
SAT 8/24 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Resort & Casino
SUN 8/25 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
FRI 8/30 Henderson, NV Green Valley Ranch

*Tickets already on sale.

 

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

A fond memory of Dick Dale and Surfdog from Founder Dave Kaplan. R.I.P

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

In 1997 I asked Dick Dale to come into the studio to do a rockin’ updated version of his classic “Misirlou” for our Surfrider Benefit Album.  During the recording, Dick stopped at one point and instructed his drummer on how he wanted him to play a certain part, and Dick “played” the drum parts with his mouth. It was a sound so cool and so “out there” that I stopped and asked Dick to do that sound again for me.  Everyone was mesmerized so we paused the whole session and I asked Dick to do an entire drum solo as if he was on stage in a stadium full of 40K people – A drum solo with his mouth!!

Dick was proud to be part of our Music For Our Mother Ocean/Surfrider record, and he always loved that we used his “mouth drum solo.”  We think you will too.

The result is what you hear underneath the words in this clip:

By the way, Dick originally explained to me that he was a drummer and always approached his playing (on his upside down strings) as a percussionist—which is how he got his sound!

What an original.  Someone who literally invented an entire sound on a guitar!  RIP.

Eric Clapton Returns to Japan!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Eric Clapton and his band are gearing up for a five-night residency in Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan this April! It will be Clapton’s first time back to the beloved venue in nearly three years.

Playing alongside him is Doyle Bramhall II (guitar/vocals), Paul Carrack (keyboards/vocals), Nathan East (bass/vocals), Sonny Emory (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), and Sharon White (vocals). These shows will also see a return from vocalist Katie Kissoon to the touring band after her last performance with them back in 1999. The shows will take place on April 13, 15, 17, 18 and 20th. Tickets are on sale now!

https://www.ericclapton.com/tour