Godfather of surf rock Dick Dale returns to Gainesville on Friday

Guitarist Dick Dale, surf-rock godfather and age-equivalent grandfather, returns to Gainesville on Friday for a show at High Dive also featuring III Bones, Tidal Wave and Jake Calhoun and the Chasers.

Courtesy of Dick Dale
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

Guitarist Dick Dale is the same age as my grandfather, 77. I don’t know if you remember your grandpa at that age, but I’m sure he wasn’t touring the country constantly, playing rock ’n’ roll for a LOT of people, most of them less than a third of his age, while managing to look good while doing it. The man is a legend, and in case you don’t know anything about him, that’s why you’re reading this column. He is known as the Father (or King, if you’re into that) of Surf Rock. He actually helped Fender design the first-ever 100-watt amplifier, which in layman’s terms means something really incredibly loud. His music has been used by rappers, bands, commercials and movies. You name it; he’s been a part of it somehow. So give the man your respect, he’s earned it.

His legend continues Friday along with special guests III (as in three) Bones, Tidal Wave and Jake Calhoun and the Chasers at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

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Everybody’s favorite local bluegrass-country quintet, Nook & Cranny, performs with local rock-duo West Hexes and Naples folkcore quintet The Wholetones, at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Big Shoals performs at their CD-release show on Friday along with rock ’n’ rollers Snakehealers and local pop-punks Pseudo Kids at Loosey’s, starting at 10 p.m.

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1982 Bar presents “Cat Party,” an event in which everyone is encouraged to dress like our feline friends, with special performances by local singer-songwriter Hannah Nelly, The Nite Nites, And It Seems Like Ages and I Am Angst on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Pelican Brothers Food Truck presents the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally & Free Concert at High Dive with performances by the up-and-coming Weezer tribute quartet Weeze, along with local prog-rockers Syyzgy and ’70s-’90s coverband Messin’ w Sasquatch on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Miami-based jazz pianist Jaime Hinckson performs at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.

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On Wednesday, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band performs with RJ Harman & Company, and H.R. Gertner and Natalie Rella at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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