GRINDLINE ACTION – Wheeling, WV has a new Grindline Skatepark. Lil Eddie and Chris Collette are just finishing up the bowl for the park in Witchita Falls, TX. And check out video footage of the new Irrigon, Oregon Grindline creation at www.grindline.com.
13TH ANNUAL BASIC BOWL CONTEST and BBQ – SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2008 – For 13 years, hundreds of participants gather in a backyard style setting to take part in one of a kind event located in Huntington Beach, CA. Professionals and amateurs battle it out in this clover-shaped bowl for money and prizes. Announced by Dave Duncan. Groms warm up at 9am to 10am. Grom contest from 10am – 11am. Ams contest 12pm to 1pm. Ladies 2pm. Masters 3pm. Pros 4pm. All comps are jam session style with warm up prior to heat. Sponsorships are available. Contact info 714-308-3971.
OFFICIAL’s WILL SKATE FOR MONEY BEST TRICK REAL SPOT CONTEST – April 6, 2008 at 3pm. Sacto, CA. Sponsored by Nike SB, Expedition One, Force, FTC and PLA. $300 Cash money for best trick. To be held at a secret location which will be announced on April 5th at www.theofficialbrand.com.
PARANOID PARK – Gus Van Sant’s new film, PARANOID PARK opens March 14 in LA and Select Theaters nationwide. Most of the film was shot in and around Portland’s local skateparks. An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions. As director of MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, LAST DAYS, and ELEPHANT, Gus Van Sant has created some of the most memorable films of our generation. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson, photographed by the incomparable Chris Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE; 2046), and featuring a soundtrack hallmarked by songs from the late Elliott Smith, PARANOID PARK has captivated audiences worldwide. View the trailer at www.apple.com/trailers/independent/paranoidpark/trailer.
HOT DOG BOWL JAM – Krudco Skate Shop and Rustbelt Manufacturing present The Hot Dog Bowl Jam on March 29, 2008 at X-Dreams Skatepark in Rochester, NY. For details go to www. krudco.com
SPRING BREAK YO’ SELF – Foundation Skateboards is the Title Sponsor Of Sun Diego’s Spring Break Yo’ Self. This highly anticipated event is kicking off at 2:00pm on April 12, 2008 at the Sun Diego Mission Beach located at 3126 Mission Blvd, San Diego CA, presented by Sun Diego Board shops and Spotlight Productions. Foundation is starting the day off with a Team signing and later hitting the Best Trick Contest hard with the team set to skate the obstacle; Corey Duffel, Sierra Fellars, Don Nguyen, Gareth Stehr, Angel Ramirez, Abdias Rivera and David Reyes. The skaters are all competing to take home a chunk of the massive $25,000 prize purse. Live Webcast of the event at www.sundiego.com.
CASL CONTEST – March 22, 2008 – Mini Ramp Jam @ Skatelab – Simi Valley, CA…. March 29 – Street/Bowl/Mini-ramp contest @ Pacifica Skatepark – Pacifica, CA…. April 5-6 SoCal Contest #4 – vert, street, bowl, mini ramp @ Chula Vista Skatepark, Chula Vista, CA. www.caslusf.com.
BLACK LABEL SKATES – The Black Label joined The Berrics for a sick warehouse session. See for yourself at the Label website. Black Label would like to welcome Vince de Valle to the team. ‘God Save the Label’ is now filming. Watch the trailer at BLACKLABELSKATES.COM.
FURY TRUCKS team riders for 2008 are Tom Penny, Tony Hawk, Rodrigo Tx, Arto Saari, Bob Burnquist, Lance Mountain, Rune Glifberg, Javier Sarmient, Jake Piaseki, Danny Wainwright, Jake Duncombe, David Gonzalez, Justin Figueroa, Jon Dickson, Wes Kramer, Tyler Surrey and Willow. Fury is proud to introduce the EVO 2, a truck designed to be the most stable and responsive high truck on the market. See all this and sign up to win a copy of Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground at www.furytruckcompany.com.
KEITH MEEK WEBSITE – Check it out at www.meeksterbrau.com
RACE FOR THE OLD GOLD JUG – This year’s race adds a 100 cone tight slalom on Friday afternoon to make it a three-day event. The race now includes the TS on Friday, the main event Hybrid on Saturday, and the Giant Slalom on Sunday. Antrim CAN/AM Slalom Championships (formerly the Race for the Old Gold Jug) September 19-21, Antrim, New Hampshire USA part of Antrim Home and Harvest Festival One of the premier events on the East Coast. Parade (racers included in it), fireworks, BBQ, festival, music and more. Bring the family. See details on the hill and the event at our points of contact www.skateboardslalom.com.
RACERS READY – 3RD ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS SK8 JAM – Hope to see you all out on the ranch on Turri Road in Los Osos, CA on April 5, 2008. There’s a really cool road to race on. The venue is unreal. The racers are signing up fast. Do not miss this chance to race on one of the coolest courses set. John Oshei will be setting the course, so look for one fast course (BLR baby). They are building the THUNDERDONE of start ramps, over 8-foot tall with one hell of a transition. We are having a single lane race due to the road change. They need sponsors to step it up and help out, so contact Miller at email@example.com. Send $ and swag.
BATTLE OF THE PYRAMID – Best trick contest titled ‘Battle of the Pyramid’ at the Arlington Powhatan Springs Skatepark in Arlington, VA on March 29, 2008. Event will also feature live music, free stuff, product raffles, and other companies hanging out! Registration at www.convoyskateboards.com.
ULTIMATE BOARDER is a one-week competition to find the first athlete who can conquer the art of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. Opening the field to both amateur and professional athletes, the Ultimate Boarder, held from April 13-19, 2008, gives riders a chance to compete for the first-ever Ultimate Boarder champion title and a first place prize of $30,000. The snowboard competition will be held on April 13 at Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe, CA) followed by the surf competition from April 16-18 at C Street (Ventura, CA) and will complete with the skateboard competition and awards ceremony on April 19 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Ventura, CA). For further event details visit www.ultimateboarder.com.
PLAYSTATION AM JAM – Skateboard and BMX contest. www.playstationamjam.com
MALOOF MONEY CUP – California Skateparks has partnered with the Maloof Money Cup as their exclusive designer/builder to develop the world’s first concrete skateboard plaza created for competition. The Maloof Money Cup will be the richest purse ever for a skateboard only contest with $100,000 going to first place in street. The contest plaza will be designed by Pro Skateboarders Andrew Reynolds and Eric Ellington along with the California Skateparks design team. For more information on this event go to www.maloofmoneycup.com.
SKATE MENTAL has added Matt Beach to the team. Matt will be featured in the first Skate Mental video due out fall 08. Matt’s board is out in April. www.skatemental.com
ALL NATIONS SKATE JAM 2008 – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF NATIVE AMERICAN SKATEBOARDING ARRIVES at Los Altos Skatepark in Albuquerque, NM on Sunday April 27, 2008. Occurring during the same weekend as the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, All Nations attracts the best Native and non-Native skaters from around the country. All Nations is an all day, family oriented event with Native food and craft vendors as well as music from Indian Country’s top rock, hip-hop, and folk musicians. Native skateboard companies such as Wounded Knee Skateboards, 4-Wheel Warpony, and Full Blood Skates will be there along with Harder’s Native Skates. Vans Shoes’ skate legends Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi will be in attendance as well as Alva Skates heroes Bill Danforth and Jim Murphy. All four are known for their commitment to helping youth through innovative skate programs. Los Altos Skatepark is located at 10140 Lomas Boulevard NE, directly east of the University of New Mexico and right across the street from the Los Altos Golf Club. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for registration; the contest begins at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a $2.00 admission fee for all Adults; Seniors and Students pay $1.00. Kids under 6 are free. The registration fee for all skaters is $5 – all skaters must be registered to skate. Contact: Todd Harder 517-605-9319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEW TOUR 2008 – AST Announces 2008 Dew Tour Schedule – The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced its schedule for the 2008 season. In addition to returning to Portland, OR. and Orlando, FL for the fourth time, the Tour will stop in Baltimore, Cleveland and Salt Lake City for the second consecutive season. The complete 2008 AST Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Panasonic Open June 19-22 Baltimore, Md. — Camden Yards Sports Complex
Right Guard Open July 17-20 Cleveland, OH — North Coast Harbor
Wendy’s Invitational Aug. 21-24 Portland, Ore. — Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 11-14 Salt Lake City, UT — EnergySolutions Arena
PlayStation(R) Pro Oct. 16-19 Orlando, Fla. — Amway Arena
More information can be found at www.ast.com.
AST ANNOUNCES DATES AND ATHLETES FOR INAUGURAL AST CHINA INVITATIONAL – The AST, the umbrella brand and organization of the world’s most prestigious action sports events, today announced the AST China Invitational skateboard competition and BMX vert exhibition will be held April 18-20, 2008 in Beijing. The point’s leaders in the skateboard vert and park and BMX vert disciplines were invited to the AST China Invitational based on their rankings at the end of the 2007 AST Dew Tour season. The complete list of confirmed athletes is as follows: Rodolfo Ramos, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Austen Seaholm, Andy Macdonald, Carlos de Andrade, Rune Glifberg, Fabrizio Santos, Jean Postec, Kurtis Colamonico, Danny Mayer, Danny Fuenzalida, Anthony Furlong, Tulio de Oliveira, Mike Peterson, Buster Halterman, Danilo do Rosario, Adam Taylor, Jason Barr and Sandro Dias. www.ast.com.
BACKYARD BOWL SERIES presented by DVO and 158 – Mar 8, Apr 12 and May 10th. OBX, NC. Each pool will host it’s own event and the overall points winner will take the series. Cost is $25 per person per event and includes a free t-shirt. If you have any questions, concerns, and need directions, please call either 158 @ 252-255-1581 or DVO @ 252-261-7222. Dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Sign up for the event at www.158surfandskate.com and www.duckvillageoutfitters.net.
GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2008 – 3 contests – 3 disciplines – 3 different Florida skateparks. Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. 1st Contest ‘Street’- February 16 at Jupiter Skatepark (561) 630-5684 at 1501 W. Frederick Small Rd Jupiter, FL 33458. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 2nd Contest ‘Bowl’ – April 5 at Stirling Skatepark (727) 738-2920 at 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, FL 34698. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 3rd Contest ‘Flow’ – May 31 at Cocoa Beach Skatepark (321) 868-3238 at 1450 Minuteman Cswy. Between the two schools. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Overall Awards – November 15 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Awards ceremony for the whole series will be held on November 15, 2008 at the 6th Annual Grind For Life Benefit Event from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a silent auction. For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org.
FKD AM‘s – NICK TUCKER and JOSEPH MAIRENA – Vid now playing on fkdbearings.com.
NEWS FROM FRANCE – ‘La Caverne’. Check out what Mat Begue, Jean Terrisse, Mehdi Salah and the crew are building at www.myspace.com/lacaverneskatepark.
ZOO YORK WELCOMES ELI REED – The Zoo York Institute is proud to announce the addition of a true East Coast original to its amateur team; twenty-one year old destroyer, Eli Reed. As the newest member of the Zoo Crew, Eli joins veteran ZY Officials Zered Bassett, Donny Barley, Aaron Suski, Forrest Kirby, Kevin Taylor, Brandon Westgate (Am), Matt Miller (Am), Anthony Shetler (Am), Lamare Hemmings (Am), and Ron Deily (Am). www.zooyork.com.
CPH PRO – DVS, Spotlight Productions and The Copenhagen Skatepark bring you the second annual CPH Pro – Copenhagen, Denmark June 20-22, 2008. Staying in tune with last year’s event, Pros from around the world will converge upon Copenhagen for three days of skateboarding, parties and Viking traditions. $50,000 prize purse. Contest open to PRO skaters from around the world. Newly revised street course. Incentives for Team Managers who bring the most riders. One of the most organic contests in all of skateboarding. More Info: www.dvsskate.com/cphpro.
TOY MACHINE UPDATE – Lurk-Fest Tour Video In Stock at www.toymachine.com.
FOUNDATION SKATEBOARD‘S 11th full-length video release, Cataclysmic Abyss (2007), airs on Fuel TV beginning March 14 @ 8:00 E.S.T. This 40+ minute video features an assemblage of worthy souls by the likes of Corey Duffel, Ethan Fowler, Mike Rusczyk, Gareth Stehr, Don Nguyen, Angel Ramirez, Matt Allen, Tommy Gurrola and Sierra Fellers. Don’t miss it! www.tumyeto.net.
SKATOPIA – June 13-14, 2008 – In addition to the massive amount of expected chaos, there will be multiple contests including highest air, longest grind, etc. For more info go to www.skatopia.org. Also check out www.skatopiathemovie.com.
SANTA MONICA AIRLINES – Tuma aka Eric Britton and Bennett Harada have new boards coming out soon on SMA. www.smaskateboards.com.
SEISMIC SKATE SYSTEMS, a 15-year-old Boulder corporation that helped seed the current renaissance of longboard skateboarding, is proud to introduce an innovative line of high-performance boards. Nearly two years in development, they’re available separately or in expertly-tuned complete setups featuring industry-leading Seismic trucks and wheels. Seismic is also pleased to report that Team Member Erik Lundberg of Sweden, the IGSA World #1-ranked Downhill racer for 2007, emerged victorious at the first major racing event of the 2008 season – Newton’s Playground, March 9 in Sydney, Australia – riding Seismic 77mm Speed Vent wheels. Last year, British daredevil Joel D. King set a World Record of 113mph on a jet-powered street luge rolling on Seismic Speed Vents. For further information visit www.seismicskate.com.
JESSE MARTINEZ just had a new baby boy with his wife Sandy and they named him Christian. Congratulations to the Martinez family.
AARON MURRAY is going to be a dad again. In addition to his son Dez, Murray and his wife Marissa are expecting a new son, due next month. Koping Killer is alive and kicking. Murray has also been working on new coutre apparel designs with Alan Scott. www.kopingkiller.com.
JUNGLE JIM at Jon Temple’s backyard bowl. Photo by Ken Forsyth
TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – Applications for Spring 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants can be accessed via www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. Applications must be completed by March 1, 2008.
POLESTAR DISTRIBUTION – (Navigator, Deville, AZPX, Live Oak, Brokn) has been commissioned to bring skateboarding to the Skin Art Expo being help at the Cardinal Stadium in Glendale Arizona this May. Skateboarding, live music, and on sight tattooing will be just a few of the festivities going on at this event. Navigator Trucks has brought in Jim Bell to build a ramp to fit this venue so keep your ears and eyes peeled for more news. www.polestardistribution.com.
SKIN ART EXPO – May 16-18, 2008 @ The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. www.skinartexpo.com.
DITCH SLAP 2008 – The Albuquerque Ditch Slap is May1-May 4th, 2008. Sign-Up; http://www.ncdsa.com/contest_registration.asp?ContestID=350#signup
VESTAL SKATE TEAM MEMBER STEVE CABALLERO WINS BOWLARAMA – Congratulations to Vestal skate team member Steve Caballero for taking first place in the 4th Annual ‘Bowlarama’ at Bondi Beach’s coast side bowl in Australia. www.vestalwatch.com
BIRDHOUSE website has added a spot to buy the new video ‘The Beginning’ as well as a web exclusive interview with Derek Burdette at www.birdhouseskateboards.com.
SPEERCO SKATEPARK CONSTRUCTION – There’s a new wooden bowl at the YMCA in Clairemont, CA, built by the Speerco crew. Jason Speer and the boys did some minor tune up on the street course and replaced a lot of the coping in the concrete pool, along with some tile work. PacSun was a major contributor in paying for everything. www.4dwn.com.
CONSPIRACY SKATES – Congratulations to team rider Glen Charnoski! Not only was he 2007’s #1 overall Master Bowl Rider, he also has a new baby boy and a pro model out now on Conspiracy! Keep Rippin’ Glen! www.conspiracyboards.com.
BRYAN’S BRAIN BENEFIT – Bryan is a fellow skater who has fallen on hard times. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has taken on brain surgery more than once in the last couple of months and battled the side effects. There was a great turnout for Bryan’s benefit at Kona, thanks to the support, especially from Martin Ramos and Johnny Temple. It wouldn’t have happened without them. Bryan has not been able to work for months, yet the bills keep coming. Any support is greatly appreciated. You may contact Bryan on his message board and contributions can be made on this site: www.Bryansbrainbenefit.org
SHANNON and OTIS – The backyard network expands with another swimskate pool in SC. Shannon and Otis have been working with the legendary Dave ‘Suede’ Libhart to finish her up. PHOTO by Shannon Smith
MAVEN SKATEBOARD ART SHOW – Maven will be hosting their third annual art show benefiting the Burlington Skatepark. The show will be on Friday March 28th @ 8:00 PM held @ Maven located at 151 Cherry St. Burlington, VT. The show consists of contributing artists from JDK, Burton, Rome, Altamont, Lifetime, Obey, Zoo York, Fuse, and many more. Drinks and Refreshments will be provided. *Note to artists involved – boards must be turned in by March 21st. All boards in the show are going to be individually photographed and featured on our website. www.mavenvt.com. If you are interested in the Development of the Burlington skatepark and the Moran Plant Project check out www.cedoburlington.org/moran_plant/moran_plant_redevelopment.htm.
DVS UPDATE – DVS Introduces Zered Bassett pro model.
KR3W APPAREL is proud to welcome Ramiro ‘Furby’ Salcedo. If you grew up skating a park that the locals proudly call ‘The Dirty’, you grew up in South Central Los Angeles – the city of Hawthorne to be exact. Furbz has been paying dues and killing spots long enough that people have really started to take notice of his smooth style and proper flicks. www.onedist.com
TUM YETO – Check out TumYeto.com to stay up to date with all the news, events, tours, and products from Toy Machine Skateboards, Foundation Skateboards, Pig Wheels, Ruckus Trucks, and Dekline Footwear.
STEREO SOUND AGENCY VIDEO TEASER online now at www.stereosoundagency.com.
ZOO YORK is proud to announce the fourth installment of amateur skateboard contest ‘Zoo York’s AM Getting Paid’. This free event will happen again July 18th to 20th 2008 at South Parc in Montreal (Quebec). Prize purse is $10,000. Zoo York’s AM Getting Paid will be held at the South Parc Skatepark located at 8100 Taschereau. For more information call 450-672-4884 or visit www.south-parc.com and visit www.amgettingpaid.com.
NSS has a new X-Games Line of footwear.
BONES WHEELS News – BONES WHEELS is proud to introduce the Grind For Life Benefit Wheel, a newer slimline shape measuring up at 60mm x 34mm. Also included is a Grind For Life Insert card along with a BONES/VIP sticker. The mission is simple. To help provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. For every set sold, BONES WHEELS will donate $1.00 to help the Grind For Life Organization reach their goal of having a couple of apartments near Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan. This allows people who are receiving treatment at the hospital to have their family near them during that time. Grind For Life, Inc. was founded in 2003, by life-long skateboarder Mike Rogers. For more, visit skateone.com.www.boneswheels.com.
KING OF THE RAMP – The legendary ‘King of the Ramp’ contest is celebrating its 5th anniversary on March 1, 2008 at the Alpewa building (about 1000 m2) in Bruckhusl / Worgl, Tirol, Austria. The 21m wide ramp provided by ‘IOU-Ramps’ will be pimped with special Red Bull obstacles! Also the prize money has increased to 5000,–. Europe’s top transition junkies will fight during the spectacular ‘death-match-modus’, for the money and the 2008 title. At the ‘best trick show’ the riders can win XXL brew for their thirsty throats and a pot filled with cash! The pre – qualification on Friday is limited to 20 riders! For more info’s and the latest news visit: www.muckefuckskateboards.com.
PHILLY AM 2008 – APRIL 12TH @ Woodward Skatepark – Philadelphia, PA. www.three16.com.
ULTIMATE / SKULL SKATES PARTNERSHIP – Skull Skates and Ultimate Skateboard Distribution are proud to announce a long overdue partnership between Canada’s oldest skateboard brand (est. 1978) and Canada’s oldest skateboard distributor (est. 1985). The original skateboards, clothing and accessories designed and produced by Skull Skates, which are a staple of underground skate culture worldwide, will be available to a limited number of skateboard shops through Ultimate Skateboard’s Canada wide distribution network beginning March 14TH, 2008. www.skullskates.com
VSA SURF and SK8 FILM NIGHT – March 28, 2008 at 14 Below – Santa Monica, CA – Films by Bart Saric, Lance Lemond, Scott Brown, Steve Shelp and Block. Live performances by Global Sense, Frontside Grind, Fist of Fury and DJ D’Nereo. Email email@example.com or visit http://venicesurfandskateboardassociation.blogspot.com/
TAMPA AM and TAMPA PRO – Tampa Am Vert: March 21 – 23, 2008 (during Tampa Pro). Tampa Pro Vert and Street: March 21 – 23, 2008. Team managers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration. www.skateparkoftampa.com.
TOP SHOP – Tum Yeto is teaming up with 3rd Lair to present this year’s Top Shop Skate Competition and Tradeshow. Foundation, Dekline and Pig are title sponsors for the event and all three of these brands will be at Top Shop showing their new products and cheering on the competition! The event is kicking off April 25th-27th at the 3rd Lair Skatepark and Skateshop in Golden Valley, Minneapolis. This is the 6th consecutive year for the event and it is bigger than ever! The tradeshow and competition will be jam packed with riders, team managers, shop owners, company personnel and spectators! There is an ample $8,000 prize purse with $7,000 allotted to the team competition and $1,000 to the best trick contest. www.3rdlair.com.
TSOL – EARLY YEARS LIVE – This DVD compiles mega-intense T.S.O.L. performances from both the Flipside and Target Video vaults, circa 1983. Featuring Jack Grisham (Vocals), Ron Emory (Guitar), Mike Roche (Bass), and Francis Gerald Barnes (Drums), this footage clearly defines T.S.O.L. as the founding fathers of vicious grindcore. Grisham’s snarling vocals and menacing stage presence are as fierce as can be, as the band plows through 14 anthems such as ‘Superficial Love,’ ‘Abolish Government/Silent Majority,’ ‘Darker My Love,’ ‘Code Blue’ and more. This rare footage is a true gem for fans of the band and old school punk alike. Bonus Materials: A reading by Jack Grisham from his forthcoming book ‘An American Savage Reformed’. Includes bonus live clip of TSOL from 2007 from the archives of Team Goon/Big Wheel Media. www.mvdb2b.com or phone 800-888-0486.
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) TO PREMIERE ‘THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE’, an acclaimed documentary about rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Wanda Jackson. The world wide broadcast premiere is set for Sunday, May 18 at 9pm on Smithsonian Channel. THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE is the culmination of a two-year journey with Jackson, now 70, in performances across the United States and Europe, and features rock immortals in interviews with Elvis Costello, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats), and Terry Stewart, President of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1950s, Wanda Jackson kicked open the door for women in rock ‘n’ roll, and empowered female rockers to be in control, to be sexy, and to write their own songs. The film features never-before-seen film of Jackson’s concerts with rock icons Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Visit Smithsonian Networks on the internet at www.smithsonianchannel.com.
SOURVEIN are serious, down-tuned sludge/doom with the Southern flavor of bands like Down and Eyehategod. ‘Ghetto Angel’, the bands’ second EP charges forth with the bands’ signature style of buzzsaw guitars and droning bass and the songwriting has found a groove not heard on previous recordings. Ghetto Angel is set for release February 12th through This Dark Reign Records. They’ll be hitting the West Coast and then heading back East to meeting up with Ganon for the Metal Maniacs tour through the Northeast. Plans for a European tour are in the works for the coming months, and they band is set to burn down Roadburn Fest this year as well. www.myspace.com/sourvein13
2008 PAID DUES FESTIVAL – Two of indie hip-hop’s most important groups of the past ten years, North Carolina’s Little Brother and Los Angeles’ hip-hop veterans Dilated Peoples, bless the stage for live sets at this year’s Paid Dues Festival taking place Saturday March 22 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. This year’s event, presented by Murs in association with Guerilla Union (Rock The Bells, Cypress Hill Smoke Out) and SanDisk, will mark both Dilated and LB’s first appearance at one of hip-hop’s premier events for independent artists and their communities. Dilated and Little Brother are poised to deliver memorable performances in support of their recent projects Getback (Little Brother) and The Release Party DVD (Dilated Peoples). Paid Dues is an all-ages show. For more information, please visit www.paidduesfestival.com.
NEW YORK DOLLS ANNOUNCE US WINTER TOUR – Look Out For An Unabashed Live CD To Celebrate 35 Years of Infamy. Thirty five years into their existence, with three men down, they can still take your band, pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly, onstage, and now, with the long-awaited follow up to 1974’s ‘Too Much, Too Soon’. An album’s worth of brand new New York Dolls compositions was a foregone conclusion after wildly successful festival and live dates that spanned the past two years. Now, with replacement members feeling comfortable stepping into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and most recently Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, they’re a gang once more. www.nydolls.org.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced that Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the videogame publisher behind the phenomenon, Guitar Hero, has signed on as a new sponsor, supporting the museum’s efforts to collect, preserve and interpret the global impact of rock and roll music. Activision will sponsor the Cleveland rock museum’s exhibit on some of rock’s most legendary guitarists, which includes artifacts from Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Jerry Garcia, Robbie Robertson and others. In addition, Activision will be an official sponsor of the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held on March 10 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit our website at www.rockhall.com.
THE ROOTS GET POLITICAL ON RISING DOWN – Grammy award winning hip-hop trailblazers The Roots are set to release Rising Down on April 29th via Def Jam Recordings. Known for their prolific lyrics and live instrumentation, the Legendary Philadelphia crew is composed of Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter (vocals), Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (keyboards), Frank Knuckles (percussion), Kirk ‘Captain Kirk’ Douglas (guitar) and Owen Biddle (bass). Garnering critical praise throughout their career, The Roots have firmly established themselves as a band with uncompromised artistic control and integrity. www.theroots.com
CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES ARE BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM – Eugene, Oregon’s horn-heavy, genre-bending eight-piece act Cherry Poppin’ Daddies will be releasing their sixth full-length recording, ‘Susquehanna’ (Space Age Bachelor Pad Records) nationally on June 10, 2008. After selling two-million copies of Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin’ Hits of…’ and dominating the swing and ska revivals in both the mainstream press and commercial radio, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies ‘Susquehanna’ brings together the Daddies West Coast and Latin influences: flamenco, greaser rock, swing, ska, glam, and soca.
BENT LEFT and LEIANA play April 15, 2008 at Dipiazza’s at 5025 E Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90747. All ages show. $7 admission. 7PM. www.dipiazzas.com.
JOAN JETT’S BLACKHEART RECORDS SIGNS SEATTLE PUNK BAND THE CUTE LEPERS – Blackheart Records, the fully independent record label started by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna almost three decades ago, has added another band to their already rockin’ roster – Seattle-based mod-revival, power pop infused punk band, The Cute Lepers. Currently touring the U.S. with The Horrorpops, The Cute Lepers are slated to release their full-length debut, Can’t Stand Modern Music! late May 2008. The Cute Lepers were started by Steve E. Nix of Seattle-based punk rock group, The Briefs. Already longtime fans of The Briefs, Joan Jett and Blackheart VP Carianne Laguna constantly air their music on ‘Joan Jett’s Radio Revolution’ on Sirius Satellite Radio. Once word got around that Nix was reconfiguring his band and forming The Cute Lepers, Jett and Laguna immediately signed the band to the Blackheart family. www.blackheart.com.
COACHELLA – April 25-27, 2008. Line up includes Roger Waters, Jack Johnson and Portishead. Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 25 at 10:00 AM (PT) via TicketMaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all TicketMaster retail ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
THE T4 VIRUS IS SPREADING! Featuring Members of Pennywise, Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Buzzcocks, The Damned, Strung Out, and more! Much more than just a supergroup, it’s a true community of artists unifying three decades of punk and hardcore musicians. The T4 Project: Story-Based Concept Album (release date: May 13, 2008 on Mental Records) is a music collective headed by intensely creative visionary Shannon Saint Ryan that captures the true spirit of a punk rock revolution in this powerful collection of songs, compelling background story concept, and the impressive array of musicians called together to collaborate on this exceptionally unique and dynamic release. For more go to www.theT4project.com.
LALA BROOKS – March 29, 2008 at the Cutting Room – 19 West 24th St. NYC. www.lalabrooks.com
MINK DEVILLE – ‘Live At Montreux 1982’ Exploding out of the Lower East Side Of New York in 1977, the house band at CBGBs during an awakening that resulted in the whole world latching on to a new genre called punk, Mink DeVille stood tall from its friends in Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, etc. by the fact that they weren’t punk at all, but a throwback to an earlier time, with an incredibly charismatic front man Willy DeVille who was the epitome of cool. For more go to www.eaglerockent.com.
4th ANNUAL GLOBAL MUSIC, MEDIA and TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE TO FEATURE INFLUENTIAL ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVES BY DAY AT $40 MILLION RENOVATED HYATT – WEST HOLLYWOOD – The fourth annual MUSEXPO international music and entertainment forum will be held April 27 – April 30, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. Dubbed the ‘United Nations of Music and Media,’ this year’s conference will be the inaugural event staged at the legendary Hyatt West Hollywood, following the hotel’s $40 million makeover. By day, MUSEXPO 2008 will feature a who’s who of top executives and industry trendsetters – in a series of informative daily panels, forums, keynote speeches and networking opportunities. By night, MUSEXPO 2008 will take over the neighboring House of Blues on the famed Sunset Strip with showcases from some of the most talented emerging artists from the US and abroad. The full list of participants is available at www.musexpo.net.
JFA NEWS – For your listening and viewing displeasure, two new videos filmed and produced by former JFA bass player Joel DuBois: one with good sound and one with super distortomundo audio level clipping, but replete with good visuals of the crowd singalongs that can go down at a JFA gig… First up is a totally distorted top-alcohol guitar fueled Knitting Factory alternate rearrangement of ‘Beach Blanket Bongout’ with requisite maximum audience interaction. The song literally falls apart at the end, but hey, this is punk rock. http://blip.tv/file/746212. Next up is a video for ‘Nude Bowl Resurrection’ with footage from a party at the now defunct Pala Pool. The song is a tribute to the also now defunct Nude Bowl, and the time Brian helped clean it out by putting an industrial size backhoe on his American Express card so he, Dave Reul and crew could empty the pool which was then filled to the brim with dirt and debris. http://blip.tv/file/744543
BLACK N BLUE BOWL 2008 – Black N Blue Productions has announced the date and lineup for the 2008 Black n Blue Bowl (formerly known as the Superbowl of Hardcore). This legendary event will take place on Saturday, April 5th at Studio B in Brooklyn. The lineup includes Agnostic Front, Madball, Terror, Backfire (from the Netherlands), Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot, Farenheit 451, Breakdown, Setback, EGH, Inhuman, Tears of Frustration, Brick by Brick, and a special guest. Doors for the Matinee event are at 2 p.m.; Studio B is located at 259 Banker Street in Brooklyn. Tickets are available online at www.pitchforkny.com.
ALVA: 77 NEO RETRO – A collaboration and individual pieces by Shepard Fairey, Glenn E Friedman, and Tony Alva. In Shepard’s words, ‘Tony Alva was the first guy to catch air out of a pool on a skateboard. That moment, documented by Glen E. Friedman (www.burningflags.com) about 6 months after Glen’s photo below, changed skateboarding forever. Alva’s (the man and the company) impact on skate culture is immeasurable. The second skateboard I ever got back in 1984 was an Alva board. I rode many Alva boards over the years and even got to skate with some of the Alva pros including Tony himself at various points. It is a tremendous honor for me to be able to collaborate on a print with Glen and Tony, both of whom I admire greatly. The prints will first be available at the Alva store, and then on obeygiant.com/store.’ Exhibition Runs March 8th – April 5th, 2008. Exhibit A Gallery is located at 1086 South Fairfax Avenue (Between Olympic and Pico) ph. 323.954.7295. www.exhibitagallery.com and www.obeygiant.com.
SWAMPCO NEWS – New Rock posters for Devotchka and Gogol Bordello and check out the 2nd ‘Cuddle Skull’ Pillow. This time it’s the Green monkey skull. And it is packaged with a signed and numbered serigraph. The Swamp Artist Proof chartreuse edition of 25 also come with a signed print and all of them have blood on the teeth! Also check out the new ‘Classic Poster Tins’ Series 2. Swamp will be at Flatstock 16 in Austin, March 13-15th, in the Austin Convention center. www.swampco.com
CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN’ 3 – Saturday – May 10th from noon to 6pm. Gasoline presents Art and Hot Rod Show featuring the art of The Pizz, Keith Weesner, Jeral Tidwell, John Bell, Makoto, Dave Deamon, Johnny Ace and Kali, Damian, Sara Ray, Mr. G, Candy, Tyson Mcadoo, Doug Dorr, Grimb, Steve Caballero, Von Poot, Squindo, Wish, Johnny Crap, Big Toe, Rob Schwager, Nash, 13:11, Max Grundy, Jason Cruz, Ryzart, Kent Reppert II, Nik Scarlett, Jim Owens, James McLeod, Voodude, Rob Enright, Keith Ciaramello, Jay Thomas Mason, Fudemae, Jet Wrench, Scott Aicher, Tick One, Shaun Nadolny, Andy Broadhurst and more at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA 90245. Art show runs May 10-June 28th. For more info call 310-416-9186 or visit www.gasolinegallery.com.
HERITAGE ART SHOW – The Heritage Art Show with Neil Blender, Gonz, and Lance Mountain on Friday during Tampa Pro is going to be amazing.
ART SHOW – Gasoline presents Twisted Steel Benefit Art Show – Sunday July 13, 2008. Noon – 6pm featuring over 50 of the top Kustom Kulture and hot rod artists in the world at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA. www.gasolinegallery.com.
ART SHOW – Damn Dirty Ape Group Art Show – April 12-May 3, 2008 at The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo – 1188 C Glenwood Ave. Atlanta, GA. Ph 404.226-2279. www.lowbrowgalleryatlanta.com.
ART IS NOT PEACE BUT WAR – New Works by BLEK LE RAT. OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 5TH, 2008. 8 – 11pm ON EXHIBITION – APRIL 5TH – MAY 2ND, 2008. A pioneer of graffiti writers in Europe, Blek le Rat was one of the first people to use stencils to make public art on the street using icons instead of writing his name. He was first exposed to graffiti in 1971 in New York, but didn’t start making his own until ten years later in Paris. Inspired by a stenciled portrait he saw of Mussolini amongst some WWII ruins during a trip to Italy, he created a stencil of a life size silhouette of a rat running along the streets. His method of creating street art changed the face of graffiti and still continues to greatly influence artists around the world; from Shepard Fairey and Banksy, to JayBadbc and Oseas Duarte to the young artist wheat pasting work around town. His work has since evolved beyond the rat icon and taken on a more serious context. He now uses his art to serve a social cause, to evoke reaction and inspire change. Most recently, he pasted hundreds of posters around Paris of Florence Aubenas, a French journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq, hoping to provoke a reaction from politicians and journalists and aid in her release. This project gained Blek incredible public support, and has encouraged him to continue to use his Street Art as a voice for the less fortunate. SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS 1331 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.subliminalprojects.com.
OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SERIES – Oakley announces an expanded nine-event international Oakley Pro Junior series and the all-new Oakley Global Challenge for 2008. The Oakley Pro Junior series will criss-cross the globe landing in nine of the world’s best surf spots and offering up a cumulative prize purse of $193,000 for the series. Six of the nine events will serve as qualifiers for the new Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge in Bali, Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, with a $75,000 prize purse. 2008 OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SCHEDULE 1. Feb. 5-10: North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia 2. March 21-23: New Pier, Durban, South Africa 3. April 29-May 3: Lower Trestles, California, USA STOP #1 MACY’S CA TRIFECTA 4. May 26-27: Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach, Brazil 5. Aug. 9-10: Grand Plage, Lacanua, Gironde, France 6. Aug. 29-30: Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA 7. Sept. 16-21: Newport Beach, California, USA STOP #2 MACY’S CA TRIFECTA 8. Sept. 25-Oct. 5: The Global Challenge Championship, Bali. 9. Oct. 21-26: ASP North America Pro Junior Championships, Santa Cruz, California, USA STOP #3 MACY’s CA TRIFECTA For more info check out: http://oakleyprojunior.com.
4TH ANNUAL SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM – The Switchfoot Bro-Am charity surf contest and music festival returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 7, 2008! This year’s event benefits the San Diego and Oceanside branches of StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization that started right here in San Diego and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids.
RIP CURL BOARDMASTERS – The countdown to Europe’s biggest surf, skate and music festival has officially begun. The Rip Curl Boardmasters in association with Relentless Energy Drink will return for a 27th year to Newquay from August 4th – 10th, 2008 for its biggest event to date and an epic week of world class action sports and music. The Rip Curl Boardmasters over the last few years has built up a reputation for great action sports and also live music. This year will be the highest profile so far with Groove Armada headlining Friday night at the Unleashed Music Festival. www.ripcurlboardmasters.com
BOOST MOBILE WILL GIVE AWAY FREE GAS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS MARCH 11, 2008 TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF ITS UNLIMITED BY BOOST SERVICE IN HAWAII In exchange for the free fuel, Boost Mobile is asking residents to make a small donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. Boost Mobile will match all donations made during the event. Professional surfers, Sunny Garcia and Makua Rothman will be present to pump gas for attendees, give autographs and drive donations in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Power 104.3’s KC and Taka will be broadcasting live from the gas station and night show DJ, Micah, will be emcee at the event, giving away Boost Mobile phones with free Unlimited by Boost service to attendees. 6:00 am – 9:00 am free gas giveaway at Lex Brodie’s Gas Station 701 Queen St. Honolulu HI, 96813 (Intersection at Queen St. and Coral St.). www.boostmobile.com.
SIMA SURF SUMMIT – MAY 14-17, 2008 – SIMA is proud to announce that Surf Summit 11, to be held May 14 to 17, will be taken to a whole new level in 2008. After five years of being held at the same hotel venue, SIMA has decided to up the ante and move to the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort and Spa in Los Cobos, Mexico. www.boardsportsource.com.
BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS LAUNCHES FOR ’08 WINTER SEASON WITH NEW WEBSITE… The eighth-annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy is underway, with a brand-new event website chock full of photographic evidence of what has already proven to be a remarkable year in the big wave realm. www.BillabongXXL.com. The current event period continues through the Spring Equinox on March 19, 2008, with the annual gala awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Southern California on April 11, 2008.
BILLABONG JUNIOR PRO AT SEBASTIAN INLET – Surfers From Around the State Compete at Sebastian Inlet for an Invitation to the Billabong World Junior Championships in 2009! The Billabong Junior Pro is the first stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2008 Junior World Tour. This circuit determines the annual Billabong Junior World Champion on the World Championship Tour (WCT). The top four placing men and top two placing for women for the season will gain an invitation to the Billabong Junior World Championships 2008. The contest runs March 1st and 2nd, 2008 IN Sebastian Inlet, Florida. www.billabong.com.
COASTAL COMMISSION ALERT – The California Legislature is considering a Bill that would dramatically undermine the ability of the Coastal Commission to protect our coast and ocean. California Senate Bill 1295 (Ducheny) would strip the right of Coastal Commissioners to appeal development permits granted by local governments. This oversight by the Coastal Commission is critical to fair and consistent enforcement of the Coastal Act. Senate Bill 1295, if enacted, would dramatically undermine this function and potentially allow numerous violations of the Coastal Act to ‘slip through the cracks.’ Tell the California Legislature that you oppose the weakening of the Coastal Commission’s oversight role and oppose Senate Bill 1295. You can take action on this alert via the web at: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/cccauthority08/w6xu774v75xe5d7?
ISA WORLD MASTERS SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP the world’s main surfing event for surfers over 35 years old will take place at Punta Rocas, Peru from March 29 to April 6, 2008. www.isasurf.org.
2008 SIMA SURFING AMERICA USA CHAMPIONSHIP – Nation’s best surfers return to Huntington Beach on August 19-24, 2008. Learn more at www.isasurf.org.