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As the second day of the first annualDoheny Surf Festival
commenced, so did the swell, the music and the island vibes. The smell of sunscreen and coconut oil lingered in the air over the beach and tents stocked withPolynesian
jewelry, surf art and board shorts of all materials began to slowly break down for the evening as headlinersCommon Sense
prepared to wrap up the weekend. It'll be less than a month before we're back on these shores again for the massiveDoheny Days
festival in September featuring theFlaming Lips
,Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
and more. But as far as last night is concerned, experience the best of what we saw on the beach after the jump.
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Oldest crowd: First Rodeo
Unless you're older and more a bit more refined or just an American Pie/M.I.L.F. fanatic, you might feel out of place with First Rodeo's crowd. The band sounds a cross between Kansas and Free, with strong, killer vocals and guitar shredding that tempted the inner-air guitarist of just about everyone on the front row. Although getting winks from guys old enough to be my dad sent my air-guitarist packing...really quick.
As if by some divine magic, this Carson-based island singer and his band managed to pull everyone out of the shade and/or ocean to do a little hip-shaking, two-stepping and singing about island life. Kids and adults tripping on the aloha spirit danced and smiled right along with Zhen, who beaming under his fedora through his entire set. Those were some good island vibes, right?
It's so cool to watch a grom (er, young surfer) like Wes Miller grow up and stick to his supreme ukulele jamming skills. Before he was accepted to UCLA's prestigious music academy, I wrote a story about Miller when he was 16 years-old and sounded amazing as he played a little for me. His seasoned skills have grown immensely over the years. If this youngin keeps his head on straight through all the frat party gigs and the L.A. music scene, there's no telling how far he and his ukulele will go.