April 12th, 2014:
Warrior Campaign Day of Action!

The Action Begins: Watch Out Fossil Fuel Industry.
We’re proud to announce phase two of the Pacific Climate Warriors campaign to #StandUpForThePacific in 2014.

On Saturday April 12th, Warriors from 15 Pacific Islands will rise up with music, dance and strong voices to mark the start of their canoe builds. These traditional style canoes will be made by the Warriors over the next few months, to be taken with them on a historic journey to Australia. In Australia, they will use the canoes to communicate their message on climate change; that they will stand up to the fossil fuel industry, big lenders to fossil fuel projects and politicians, in order to protect their islands in the face of climate change.

350 Pacific – April 12th, 2014: Warrior Campaign Day of Action!

El Beneficio Por Daddy O Grande June 7th

Los Straitjackets – News

El Beneficio Por Daddy O Grande

Who: Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band and Los Straitjackets (plus many very special guests including Big Sandy, Deke Dickerson, El Vez and Exene Cervenka)

What: A concert to raise money for Danny Amis’ Medical Expenses

Where: Club Mayan 1038 Hill Street Los Angeles, CA

When: June 7th, 8 PM

Big Event/Benefit Show for
Eddie Bertrand

Eddie has had a couple of really bad falls, and broken his hips. He is in financial hard times right now, so Tim (H.B. Kahuna) and Jeff (Big Tiki Dude) Hanson are putting on a Huge benifit show for the man who basically invented Surf Music for us to all love. Now it’s our turn to show the love…

Ok here is the Line up for the Big Show (not in order of appearance)

  • The Riptides (south bay band) not Jason Lee and the RIP tides.
  • Outerwave
  • The Eliminators
  • Slacktone
  • The Insect Surfers
  • Secret Samurai
  • The Men Of Mystery

and an All Star Jam doing songs of the Bel-Air and Eddie and the Showmen,
Feat. John Blair, Paul Johnson, Tim Fitzpatrick, John Benton, Jim Frias and Matt Quilter and possibly some other legends.

I wouldn’t miss this!

Saturday February 5th 2011
Don The Beachcombers
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA

By the way, just found this bit on musician healthcare:
that’s more like it: Ohio co-op helps musicians handle medical insurance…

TV Jones Guitars and Pick-Ups
Stolen in Frankfurt

The following is quoted from the TV Jones website (more pictures there!)

TV Jones Guitars & Pickups Stolen March 27, 2010
at musikmesse Hall 4.0 Stand J40 Frankfurt, Germany

We are asking all of our friends to get the word out via blogs, forums, any means possible. In the hope that we can retrieve these rare stolen instruments, pickups, and tools. Basically everything that was on display in Frankfurt was stolen (even our banners, suits & suitcases!). Here is a rundown of the stolen items (scroll down to view photos):

  • TV Jones Model 10 Prototype Guitar in tobacco sunburst w/P90 pickups (one-of-a-kind)
  • TV Jones Model 10 Prototype in natural toffee w/ T-Armond pickups in P90 mount (one-of-a-kind)
  • TV Jones Model 10 in Ice Blue w/single bridge pickup
  • TV Jones Model 10 in Red w/single bridge pickup
  • TV Jones Model 10 in Matte Black w/ 2 pickups
  • TV Jones Model 10 in Tobacco Sunburst w/ 2 pickups
  • several sets of pickups
  • all of our banners and display materials
  • various luthier tools

More info and serial numbers to come. If you have any information please contact us at (360) 779-4002 or info@tvjones.com. If you come across any of these guitars please call your local police. Here are some photos of the stolen guitars:

blonde ‘butterscotch’ finish Model 10 one-of-a-kind prototype with T-Armond pickups in P90 Mount. Thank you J Dennis Thomas for the photo.

A dark tobacco burst Model 10 one-of-a-kind prototype with P90 pickups (Tom’s personal favorite). If you see either of these two prototype guitars they are definitely stolen!!

The guitars below are production models, but if you see any of these in or around Frankfurt, Germany they are most-likely stolen!!

Pioneering Surf Photography Icon Leroy Grannis

If you have The Cowabunga Box Set of Surf Music or the Taschen book about Leroy Grannis’ work you have already seen some of the greatest surf culture photography. What an incredible legacy for us late comers to witness these times through the lense of such a great photographer.

Malcom from Legendary Surfers writes (excerpt):

…Leroy Grannis — Granny — has fallen on hard times. Famous for his surfing photos and as an elder of the tribe — a local of Carlsbad and Hermosa — you would think he’d be able to supplement his Social Security and MediCal with modest earnings from his photography and his life savings.

Unfortunately, what ‘estate’ he had has been eaten up by executors, and others.…

Granny no longer can afford to stay in the assisted living home he has been living in and has moved to his son’s home. John Van Ornum has been helping Leroy’s daughter Katie get the word out and is exploring setting up a fund for donations. For more information, you can reach John at: jvo_v101@yahoo.com

To read about Granny’s contribution to surfing, please go to the Legendary Surfers chapter, updated 2/15/2005: LeRoy ‘Granny’ Grannis