Dick Dale w/ Keegan Reed

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-03-03

The self-crowned (and who can argue?) “King of the Surf Guitar” seems like a pretty straight-edge kind of guy. The composer of “Let’s Go Trippin’” forbids his road crew from using drugs, drinking alcohol, or even smoking, so we’re guessing he wouldn’t like us using his back-to-back tour stops in Helotes and San Antonio as an excuse to make some sort of double-Dick joke. But, god, how we’d like to. His press bio claims he invented surf rock way back in the 1950s, and since no written records have survived from that time period, I guess we’ll have to take his word for it. His 1962 debut Surfer’s Choice is singularly responsible for all the happening teens in Ames, Iowa (And San Antonio, Texas) wearing board shorts and calling stuff gnarly. He also played guitar so loud Leo Fender had to build a bigger amp just for him, Guitar Player Magazine called him the “Father of Heavy Metal,” and his “Miserlou” is maybe the one song cool enough to make Quentin Tarantino switch over from “Jungle Boogie” during Pulp Fiction’s opening credits. Also, did we mention he’s playing here two nights in a row? Yeah. It’s like a double — oh, never mind. $20-$25, 9pm Tue, Mar 9, Josabi’s, 17200 State Highway 16, Helotes, (210) 372-9100, and 9pm Wed, Mar 10, Jack’s Patio Bar, 2950 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309, frontgatetickets.com — Jeremy Martin

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