Dick Dale, Guantanamo Baywatch

When: Wed., Nov. 28, 9 p.m. 2012


People occasionally sneer when Dick Dale's name is mentioned. Maybe it's just a Portland thing, but there seems to be this common misconception that Dick Dale is an obsolete curio, that his music's significance is confined to its time. While the notion is somewhat understandable, as surf music certainly doesn't have much of a contemporary, mainstream presence (unless you count SpongeBob SquarePants), the genre—and Dale's contributions, particularly—has had a profound impact on a number of guitar heroes far more lauded than Dale himself. I should also mention that he was one of the first artists to popularize the Fender Stratocaster, arguably the most iconic electric guitar of all time. Dick Dale is a rock 'n' roll progenitor. Go to this show or you're sort of a bonehead. MORGAN TROPER

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