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As the second day of the first annual Doheny 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 with Polynesian jewelry, surf art and board shorts of all materials began to slowly break down for the evening as headliners Common Sense, Fishbone and Everlast prepared to wrap up the weekend. It'll be less than a month before we're back on these shores again for the massive Doheny Days festival in September featuring the Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction, 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.
Quietest Surfer: John Peck
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.
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?
and freak out the crowd…sometimes all in one song. As soon as the
sun started to set and the band took the stage, they had the audience locked in to a set of
funky bass lines, bright brass and shredding guitar solos. As always, their sound
drew people of all ages (and blood alcohol levels) to the front of the stage, glasses of half-melted spirits swaying and singing like pirates.
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.