Who needs to drive three-and-a-half hours to the nearest beach when you can soak up the sounds of the ocean right here in Central Texas? Wax up your boards and get ready – Hotel Vegas presents Surf Night with The Boss Jaguars, The Dead Sea, The Lifeforms and DJ Spacecase on Tuesday, June 30!
Surf music is firmly rooted in Southern California’s late Fifties/early Sixties surf culture. While the Moondoggies and Gremmies were paddling out into So. Cal’s glassy waters, Orange County guitarist Dick Dale was in the garage replicating the sounds of the surf. Drenched in reverb, Dale’s tunes are the perfect compliment to the shattering waves and the hum of the board. With the advent of the reverb unit by guitar maker Leo Fender in 1962, bands from coast to coast were able to match that tubular tone.
Local quartet The Boss Jaguars are no exception. Their pounding tribal drums and crashing guitars sound straight out of Malibu in the days of Frankie and Annette. Mix that with some revved-up Hot Rod stylings and thrilling Spy Vs. Spy sounds, you’ve got a band that would thrill any fan of James Bond and Big Daddy Roth.
Austin trio The Dead Sea take that cinematic surf sound a step further – live, they often cover Ennio Morricone’s iconic spaghetti western theme to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Henry Mancini’s sinister Experiment in Terror theme.
The Lifeforms, from Jacksonsville, Florida, are on the other spectrum of surf music. Like the Beach Boys, The Lifeforms are fun and bouncy – albeit with some gritty sand thrown in your face.
Hotel Vegas is located at 1500 E. 6th St. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Hotel Vegas website here.
The Boss Jaguars
The Dead Sea