Legends of Surf Rock – Ventures & Surfaris

Sep 29th • 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm • Yost Theater

2 Legendary Surf Bands on one stage:


In 1958, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson formed the nucleus of the original music group they called The Ventures.

The duo was joined a few years later by Nokie Edwards to record “Walk, Don’t Run”. The song hit Billboard’s Singles Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at #2. The band was prolific during the 60s with touring and recording albums.

Since that spectacular beginning, The Ventures – later joined by Mel Taylor, Gerry McGee, Leon Taylor and Bob Spalding – have gone on to help define an often overlooked branch of rock and roll music-Instrumental Rock. The band is credited by many guitar legends as being an influence on them. Their style and music is certainly unique.

More than 50 years later — with record sales approaching 100 million – with 14 songs that hit the Singles Charts – with 37 LPs that hit the Album Charts – with a lineup that remains solid –

The Ventures style and sound is as pure and powerful as ever behind these veterans:

Bob Spalding- lead guitar

Leon Taylor- drums

Lucas Griffin- bass guitar

Ian Spalding- rhythm guitar

The Ventures remain active, recording and touring to the delight of fans around the world. 2017 has been a good year. 2018 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the band, truly a remarkable accomplishment.

The Ventures are considered by many to be the greatest “surf band”. While it is true that The Ventures style and music helped define that musical genre as much as anyone, they are much more than that. Surf is just a subset of what The Ventures are: The Best Selling Instrumental Rock Band in Music History


What is a ‘surfari’? It’s the lifelong quest for better surf – and in this case, better surf music!

Formed in 1962 while the members were still at school (sax player Jim Pash was all of twelve years old), The Surfaris composed their legendary contribution to rock’n’roll history in fifteen minutes, when they were requested to come up with a B-side at their first ever recording session. Drawing upon drummer Ron Wilson’s (no relation to those other Wilsons) drum riffs for his school’s marching band, they mastered it in two takes, adding the sound of a breaking surfboard and the requisite weirdo vocal intro. Unknowingly, The Surfaris had created what was to become a legendary piece of American popular culture.

From the very beginning, the Surfaris were at the centre of the music hurricane that had the dancers stomping away on California’s beaches.

Alongside Dick Dale, the band around guitarists Bob Berryhill and Jim Fuller was the decisive force behind instrumental Surf music. Their very first recording ‘Surfer Joe’ (1962) rose high in the Billboard Charts. And with ‘Wipe Out’, the Surfaris produced the ultimate number one Surf hit.

Bob Berryhill continues to tour with his Surfaris… and the results are magnificent!

Doors open at 6:15 pm, music at 7:30 at The Yost Theater in beautiful downtown Santa Ana.


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