Dick Dale, playing the tour of his life, hits South Florida

Dick Dale and Laramie Dean play The Vagabond in Miami tonight and Respectable Street in West Palm Beach on Monday. Complete show info below.

News: Guitar master having the time of His life at 74 (ATLRetro)
Related: What makes Dick Dale the ‘King’? | Tour was 7 years in the making

Dick Dale destroys the Continental Club

By all accounts, surf guitar legend Dick Dale is just now hitting his stride at age 74. A reviewer of his Houston show last week was simply awestruck:

“He prowled the stage like a man possessed as he worked his way through an impromptu sampling of his massive catalog … that seared the heavens.”

“Dale is far more than a living history lesson of where our favorite music comes from. He is the ultimate showman. His first trick was beginning the show from offstage, as he stood at the bottom of the stage stairs wailing on his Strat to announce his presence. And his singalong of House of the Rising Sun was the loudest crowd singing we’ve ever heard at a Houston gig.”

“And when Dale segued into his signature Pulp Fiction hit Miserlou, he drove the nail into the coffin hard. There really aren’t words for the power and joy that jolted the adoring crowd.”

Click here to see the full review from the Houston Press and check out the video clip from the Houston concert below.

South Florida dates

  • Sunday, June 12 – Dick Dale and Laramie Dean with To Be Hated at The Vagabond, 30 N.E. 14th St., Miami. (305) 379-0508. Ages 18 and older welcome. Tickets $20 in advance online at Vagabond.Wantickets.com, $25 at the door, 9 p.m. Facebook event
    TheVagabondMiami.com
  • Monday, June 13 – Dick Dale and Laramie Dean with Gutter Queens at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. (561) 832-9999. Ages 18 and older welcome. Tickets $20 in advance online at RespectableStreet.MusicToday.com and by phone at (800) 594-TIXX, $25 at the door, 8 p.m. Advance tickets also available at Top Five Records, 10 S. J St., Lake Worth. (561) 357-7474. Facebook event
    RespectableStreet.com
  • More recent news

  • Dick Dale talks blowouts, wipeouts and animal screams (Miami New Times)
  • Dick Dale still riding the wild surf at 74 (Houston Press)

    Related links

  • LaramieDean.com
  • Dick Dale.com
  • The Dick Dale virtual museum
  • Guitar Legend: The Very Best Of Dick Dale (Amazon)
  • Dick Dale: Surf guitar king riding the wave back from cancer
  • Dick Dale on overcoming cancer, raising tigers and indie’s surf-rock revival


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    A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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