On Saturday and Sunday, the mobile stage or “band shell” was setup on the beach at Riverside Ave. A bunch of bands played throughout the day to entertain the thousands that came down for the competition. Readers have sent in a few videos:
First up is Still Remains playing the Smashing Pumpkins classic, Cherub Rock
Charles Theofan and the rest of the Long Beach politburo, erred on the side of stupidity and canceled the majority of the Quiksilver Pro at the 11th hour in a kneejerk overreaction. What did that leave residents with? No music, no sports demoes, but a surf competition, a merch tent, and a lot of what-could-have-beens.
Instead of letting the music die, the residents of 65 West Broadway played host to the surf rock revival band, the Great White Caps. Starting in the afternoon and playing on and off into the sunset, this 4-piece from Bethel, PA turned National Blvd into a scene from Gidget. This impromptu concert treated hundreds of passers-by to dozens of their original tracks and covers – the Godfather theme went over particularly well with the Italians in the crowd. When the beach closed at 6PM, beach goers thinking their day of entertainment was over were instead able to setup on the sidewalk and enjoy the Great White Caps stylings. More than one Quiksilver Pro athlete could be spotted in the crowd wondering, “what the hell is going on?” Kids, adults, and everyone in between loved the free show, leading to the band to stay on for hours longer than their planned 90-minute set.
Since 2009, the Great White Caps have been melding “60s music, with the 90s NEON with a 2000’s attitude, volume, and energy” to create an experience “akin to a science fiction super hero skinny dipping in the ocean.” And after the overwhelmingly positive reaction they got after their first show in Long Beach, expect to see these boys back.
The best tribute to this band would have to be what I overheard on the boardwalk. After coming out of the merch tent, two Quiksilver Pro spectators could faintly hear the echo of drums and guitars. The couple looked at each other and said “I guess the concert wasn’t canceled after all.”
It seems Quiksilver may have snuck another band in under all our noses. A close-reading tipster pointed out that the brooklyn hipster band, Matt & Kim are listed on the Quiksilver Pro website, while not included in the press release that has the concert schedule.
I double-checked this with Matt & Kim’s website and they will indeed be here Saturday, September 3rd.
Matt & Kim will be joining several other indy-dance bands, like Girl Talk to make up what should be a very upbeat musical set. A whole lotta music that should bring a grin to even the most jaded Quiksilver Pro attendee.
Quiksilver today posted a tentative, subject to change, schedule for the Live Site. I’ve copied the schedule below directly from the press release and have thrown in some links if you’re unfamiliar with particular artists.
All and all, the Surfpocalypse Live Site looks like a fun mix of bands that most should be able to find at least one to like. Oh yea, and did I mention it is completely free? Really, who wouldn’t enjoy Badfish – a great Sublime tribute band. I’m actually most excited by the band Wavves playing. Described as a “lo-fi/punk pop noise band,” they released a gem of an album last year called “King of the Beach.” And for those who were at Jones Beach last week, The Flaming Lips are back.
The press release also includes info on some of the celebs coming down, and includes info on the demos planned in the live site as well. After the summer X-Games have come and gone (and I often forgot to set my DVR), it will be pretty neat to see this stuff live. Whether you’re a fan of skating/bmx/motox or not, watching their physical feats in person is none-the-less impressive.
The kickoff weekend, (starting on the 3rd) will include XTREME sports personalities and celebrities as: “Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Omar Hassan, Christian Hosoi, Danny Way, Travis Pastrana, Andrè Villa, Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison, Rob Dyrdek, Stephanie Gilmore, Travis Rice, Torah Bright, Lisa Andersen and Sally Fitzgibbons. It will be interesting to see how Travis Pastrana is limping around – and certainly not Nitro Circusing – after his spectacular crash on Thursday night.
Concert Schedule follows, notice that there are no events listed after the 10th, though the competition goes through the 15th.
I’m still most interested by the 9/11 benefit concert (to be held on the 10th) hosted by Kelly Slater that remains shrouded in mystery, but heavily hyped. One detail is now revealed though, Slater will have the Max Weinberg Experience – the drummer for Bruce and the E Street Band on stage. Is Bruce coming to town? I could only dream.
And the sports demos: note that the Tony Hawk Vert Jam will be in NYC, not Long Beach. This continues to support the concept that its the Quiksilver Pro New York, not the Quiksilver Pro Long Beach, and events will take place as much in Manhattan as here.
Quiksilver Presents The Tony Hawk Vert Jam
Massive half-pipe demo at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 in New York City at 2:00 pm.
Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab, Jesse Fritsch, Mitchie Brusco, Sandro Dias, Neal Hendrix and Elliot Sloan
MotocrossDemos & Autograph Signings
Saturday, 9/3, Sunday, 9/4 & Monday, 9/5
DC Team Riders: Travis Pastrana, Andrè Villa, Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison
Skate Demos & Autograph Signings
Saturday, 9/3 & Monday, 9/5
Skate Team: Tony Hawk, Reese Forbes, Justin Brock, Omar Hassan, Christian Hosoi, Chris Cole, MikeyTaylor, Nick Dompierre, Colin McKay, Josh Kalis, Matt Miller, Wes Kremer, Davis Torgerson, Evan Smith, Felipe Gustavo, Marquise Henry and Rob Dyrdek
BMX Demos & Autograph Signings
Friday, 9/2 through Thursday, 9/8
BMX Team: Corey Bohan, Allan Cooke, Craig Mast, Anthony Napolitan, Edwin DeLarosa, Rob Wise, Jeremiah Smith
Alfredo Mancuso, Kelly Bolton, Brad Simms, Brett Banasiewicz, Ryan Jordan